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Can anyone give me a list of good feminist authors?

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LurkingAndLearningForNow · 06/07/2012 04:26

Other than Germaine Greer? Grin

Sorry if this is an annoying thread, I just don't know where else to ask.

Doesn't need to be authors who have written non fiction (though I'd LOVE that too!) Feminist stories, true to live survival..Anything really!

Just discovered my school library has a rather large feminist section and I want to clean it out.

Thank you in advance.

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scrablet · 06/07/2012 04:40

I used to love Zoe Fairbairns, (British) and Marge Peircy (Piercy? American). They tended to explore feminism through fiction, might be quite dated now. Kate Millet? Simone De Beouvoir? ( God my spelling stinks tonight!)
I'll be interested to see what follows, have not really read any good feminist writing for a while!

HesterBurnitall · 06/07/2012 04:52

Margaret Atwood.

FallenCaryatid · 06/07/2012 05:24

One of the reasons I liked lurking in the feminist section was the list of new feminist books that were recommended to posters. There is a feminist bookclub section on here as well, but I'll list some of the non-fiction I've bought and enjoyed over the last few years.

The Equality Illusion by Kate Banyard
Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine
Living Dolls by Natasha Walter
Wifework by Susan Maushart
Reclaiming the F word by Redfern and Aume
Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy

Alameda · 06/07/2012 10:06

isn't marian keyes supposed to be a feminist? the one who is mainly famous for being an alcoholic and depressive

have not read any of her books yet

FireOverBabylon · 06/07/2012 10:13

Also Marilyn French. Lot's of reviews of her work recommend The Women's Room but I've always preferred The Bleeding heart. She's published by Virago which is always a good sign.

LurkingAndLearningForNow · 06/07/2012 10:48

Thanks for the suggestions, I have a rather large order waiting at the library! Blush

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scrablet · 06/07/2012 11:55

oooh yes, Marilyn French, she also wrote Her Mother's Daughter which I absolutely LOVED.

rosy71 · 06/07/2012 21:13

Margaret Atwood and Marilyn French spring immediately to mind. I think "The Women's Room" is my favourite book ever! What about Philippa Gregory?

KRITIQ · 06/07/2012 21:17

Well, since he came up on another thread, John Stoltenberg's critiques of masculinity are incredibly insightful. Even though his books are probably about 20 years old now, still relevant and still pull no punches.

I know critiques of masculinity aren't strictly the same as feminism, but rather a component of feminist thought I suppose.

MiniTheMinx · 06/07/2012 22:41

Dialectic of sex ,Shulamith Firestone
Women and socialism ,Sharon Smith
History of patriarchy ,Gerda Lerna

Whole long list of books and feminist authors here

I read wife work, though the author was inconsistent and confused, as was I after reading it. Very strange book, hard going but only because of the inconsistency.

dontcallmehon · 06/07/2012 22:48

Angela carter, Alice Walker, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Atwood.

KRITIQ · 06/07/2012 23:03

Just wondered, but am I the only one who struggles to "get into" Firestone? It's not so much her views as her style that I struggle with.

Can I add bell hooks and Audre Lorde to the list?

Actually, the list would be pretty massive if I kept on at this! :-)

dontcallmehon · 06/07/2012 23:23

Charlotte Perkins - the Yellow Wallpaper.

LurkingAndLearningForNow · 16/07/2012 06:41

Okay library had a mishap when we had to update our card, I was able to get some really good ones but unfortunately a lot were 'on loan' from six-ten years ago...Aka stolen. :(

And the other half weren't in the library! Angry When I work out the new website, I'll list which books I borrowed. :)

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LurkingAndLearningForNow · 16/07/2012 14:21

These are the books I borrowed (so far)

  1. Bodily harm
  2. Greer, untamed shrew
  3. Lines of life : 101 poems by 101 women
  4. The female eunuch
  5. The women's room
  6. The beauty myth : How images of beauty are used against women
  7. The feminine mystique
  8. The second sex

These are all from our council library, will get more from TAFE when holidays are over! Grin
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LurkingAndLearningForNow · 16/07/2012 14:29

Just also borrowed:

Mad women : the other side of life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and beyond

Living dolls : the return of sexism

Female chauvinist pigs : women and the rise of raunch culture

And a biography of Rose West...I was curious. (female author)

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Sparklyboots · 16/07/2012 22:16

Carole Shields, all her stuff is lush, and she was notoriously fucked off with the way that women writing about women was viewed as light weight etc. and in fact wrote the fabulous book Unless as a response to that experience. Apart from being feminist and brilliant, she is amazing at words. IYSWIM

And what everyone else said (can't vouch for Rose West biog)

LemonTurd · 16/07/2012 22:29

The Love Children by Marilyn French, loved it.

SkaterGrrrrl · 18/07/2012 12:11

Margaret Atwood!

Brilliant writer too.

SkaterGrrrrl · 18/07/2012 12:15

Meant to add, The Penelopiad is a good Margaret Atwood to start.

And try reading contemporary British journalist Caitlin Moran - she has a very funny modern book out about feminism called How To Be A Woman. I follow her on Twitter - she is hilarious.

ElephantsAndMiasmas · 18/07/2012 12:52

My favourite feminist books are:


The Feminine Mystique (you've already got that one)
Backlash by Susan Faludi (no one seems to read this any more but it's brilliant)
Equality Illusion by Kat Banyard (who also started the marvellous UK Feminista )
Living Dolls by Natasha Walter
The Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan
A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Any of the young adult novels by Theresa Tomlinson which are all about ordinary working girls/women at various points in history.
Ariana Franklin detective books


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LurkingAndLearningForNow · 18/07/2012 20:18

OOh Elephants I see some of the books I borrowed on that list! I'll go search some of your more highly recommended ones. (They introduced a borrowing limit at local library...Not school library though! Grin)

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Takver · 18/07/2012 21:25

Elephants, Theresa Tomlinson looks like a great recommendation. What sort of age do you think they'd suit (just thinking that dd might really like the Forest wife one, but maybe too old for her)?

LurkingAndLearningForNow · 18/07/2012 21:43

Elephants, I managed to get one more book but my local library isn't that accommodating with feminist authors. Back to TAFE on Tuesday, so will clean out my library there too!

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