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Recommendations for some easy to digest feminist books

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SkinnyVanillaLatte · 07/04/2012 14:03

I would like to explore feminism a little more and learn some more about all aspects of feminism,but I don't want any thing too heavy going.I prefer non -fiction to fiction, but generally I'm quite open minded.

Any suggestions gratefully received!

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TheLightPassenger · 07/04/2012 20:48

The Equality Illusion by Kat Banyard, The Beauty Myth by Naomi Woolf (nb she has massively backpedalled since then) and Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine.

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SkinnyVanillaLatte · 07/04/2012 20:50

You must have read my mind TheLightPassenger.I was just about to bump.

Thanks for that .I shall look them up.I have heard of The Beauty Myth at least!

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SkinnyVanillaLatte · 08/04/2012 10:41

I have looked those up and all three looked interesting.

I have got 'The Equality Illusion' on order as that looks particularly good.

Glad to look up any more suggestions from anyone,if you have any!

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SkinnyVanillaLatte · 08/04/2012 10:51

I think about all I've read before (many years ago!) are Lysistrata and Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden.Both of which I enjoyed.

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BertieBotts · 08/04/2012 10:59

YY The Equality illusion is good. How To Be A Woman perhaps? I haven't read it but it seems to be popular. I'm reading Delusions of Gender and finding it quite hard going. It's very sciency/academic and I get bogged down in all these details of studies which have been disproved etc.

I don't think Nancy Friday is considered particularly feminist, TBH.

I will try to think of some more :)

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Nyac · 08/04/2012 11:06

Germaine Greer's the Whole Woman is a good read and very informative. Gloria Steinem and Alice Walker are also both terrific feminist writers.

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SkinnyVanillaLatte · 08/04/2012 13:01

I was having a look at 'The Whole Woman' so I shall add that to the list.

Is it that Nancy Friday is considered not feminist or contraversially feminist nowadays,BertieBotts? Can't say I remember an awful lot,and I haven't read any others that she wrote.

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Takver · 17/04/2012 16:31

Hmm, I really liked Delusions of Gender and was just about to recommend it. I didn't find it hard going, certainly no more so than something like Bad Science (and less annoying than BS Grin).

Wifework is an interesting read and thought provoking though I don't I think agree with all her arguments.

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Fluffymonster · 04/05/2012 00:37

Sorry to butt in - I am also looking for some feminist books, and was thinking of getting The Beauty Myth.

Have a question for TheLightPassenger tho - what has she massively backpedalled about, since then - and has she said why?

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margerykemp · 06/05/2012 16:45

The living dolls by Natasha Walter or her older book 'the new feminism'

'wifework' is another essential easy read imo

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Fluffymonster · 10/05/2012 19:28

What a coincidence - I ended up getting Living Dolls the other day. Not started yet, but will do once I finish How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran. Which is amusing and enjoyable btw - a very easy read. I would say it's 'feminist lite'.

Oh don't worry about my previous question - found the discussion thread.

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Atreegrowsinbrooklyn · 10/05/2012 19:48

Naomi Wolf's new book 'Vagina: A New Biography' will be out soon.

Keep an eye out for it.

As an adolescent and again in my forties I enjoyed 'The Women's room' by Marilyn French and 'The Group' by Mary McCarthy.

Try 'Backlash' by Susan Faludi and 'The Second Sex' by Simone De Beauvoir but buy the new translation by Borde and Malovany-Chevallier. Another De Beauvoir book 'The Coming Of Age' is worth reading. I also enjoyed 'Simone De Beauvoir: A Critical Reader' edited by Elizabeth Fallaize.

Try 'The Witch In History: Early Modern And Twentieth Century Representations' by Diane Purkiss.
I found this really useful in both my studies and as a generally interesting history of witchcraft during these periods, the forces which shaped and underpinned masculine attitudes towards the feminine role and the female body and an exploration of how feminist theory has influenced historical interpretation of witchcraft and it's 'practitioners'.

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SauceForTheGander · 15/06/2013 18:47

I'd also recommend Living Dolls , the return of Sexism by Natasha Walter.

Are there any other recommendations by contemporary writers? I'm very interested in any analysis of the im

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SauceForTheGander · 15/06/2013 18:49

Argh my phone keeps doing that!!

Interested in impact of pornification society on women.

Thanks!

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TitaniasCloset · 26/10/2016 02:52

Hi, I have read the Whole Woman and loved it, also How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran, can't get going with Simone deBouvior at all. Read a lot of the Beauty Myth in college, just wondering what else is out there really. I have heard people on here reccomending an Angela Dawkings (i think that's her name) just not sure what to buy next really. Thought I would bump this as I'm new to the forum and had my mind blown by the transgender threads last week. It sent me off researching and watching videos that I shared with my ex and he was shocked too. So now I want more of the feminisms! Thanks.

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Prawnofthepatriarchy · 19/11/2016 17:36

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir is long, but it's so beautifully written it's no labour to read. I know some people find reading hard work, but if you're not put off by its length it's a joy to read.

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PerverseConverse · 09/09/2018 08:34

I know this is an old thread but am glad to have found it. Am looking forward to autumn evenings spent educating myself

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Cristonu93 · 27/10/2018 19:43

I truly recommend “We should all be feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi

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MsSafina · 06/03/2020 11:42

I've just read "My brilliant career" by Miles Franklin published by Virago Modern Classics. An early pioneer of feminism.

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Mumofcats5 · 15/05/2020 16:45

I loved The Guilty Feminist by Deborah Frances-White. Found it really informative and easy to read!

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Greektome · 21/10/2020 22:55

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bomberboobs · 21/02/2021 20:02

Raising the Skirt: The Unsung Power of the Vagina https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/147461583X/ref=cmswwrcppapifabcc_E2CSSNY56PD3MTZ7SA5N

This is a great book.

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