Books on feminism for teens?
ValancyRedfern · 11/06/2021 22:10
I would like to recommend some books to my school librarian on feminism. I am drawing a blank on books I would agree with that are written in a way that's accessible to teens. I teach at an 11-16 girls' school. Can you recommend me some fantastic proper feminist books?
ValancyRedfern · 12/06/2021 07:40
I think the lack of response to this threads says a lot. Nobody seems to be writing accessible books on feminism for teens. The school library has a healthy stock of Juno Dawson books full of trans ideology, but there seems to be a lack of teen feminist literature to offer a different view.
Beamur · 12/06/2021 09:10
I would recommend Helen Lewis'book, Difficult Women.
It's a really good read, charts the history of certain key thinkers and activists. I particularly like the way she includes some women who as well as their good ideas, had some awful ones too! It dispels the myths around purity of thought. DD aged 14 read it recently. It also makes you see how shockingly recent some of the'rights' we take for granted (at our peril) actually are.
She's now reading Jenni Murray's book but hasn't finished yet and I haven't read it either.
Classic feminism - Germaine Greer?
TRHR · 16/06/2021 15:18
No problem! Also there are 'feminist books' which aren't necessarily 'about feminism ' if that makes sense, like Michelle Obamas book, Why I'm No Longer Talking to white people about race has some great feminist chapters, or girl / woman/ other, anything by Margaret Atwood
oldwomanwhoruns · 16/06/2021 19:04
How To Be a Woman: Caitlin Moran
I thought that this was brilliant, wished that I had read it in my teens.
Interestingly, I've just been looking at some Amazon reviews, and it's one of those books which just inspire bad reviews... "crass, coarse language" etc.
UnaOfStormhold · 22/06/2021 18:08
It's fiction but The Dictionary of Lost Words is a lovely book which talks about how women's words and experiences were written out of history and dictionaries, and how important it is for women to have words to describe their experiences. There's some material about the suffragettes and suffragists too.
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