Good Reads

  1. The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf. Amazing and powerful analysis of the pressure put on women and girls to be thin and “beautiful”.
  2. The Whole Woman – Germaine Greer. Flawed but energetic and passionate book which varies from chapter to chapter. She’s not always right, but she’s still got it.
  3. Manifesta – Jennifer Baumgarnder & Amy Richards. Comprehensive introduction to the Third Wave
  4. In Our Time – Susan Brownmiller. Enthralling memoir about life during the whirlwind of the American Second Wave
  5. Listen Up – Barbara Findlen (ed). Interesting and encouraging collection of essays from a new generation of feminists.
  6. Cunt – Inga Muscio. Lively, fun, entertaining and inspiring book about “the anatomical jewel”, what it means to be a woman, and more.
  7. Bust Guide to the New Girl Order – Stoller & Karp (eds). Proving that feminism can be fun and intelligent at the same time.
  8. Backlash – Susan Faludi. Classic explanation of how feminism is degenerated time and time again just as women begin to make progress.
  9. The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler. The most important book, an absolute masterpiece in every way. Ensler writes “In order for the human race to continue, women must be safe and empowered. It’s an obvious idea, but like a vagina, it needs great attention and love in order to be revealed.” (Ensler, 1998). Amazing…Truly Amazing…
  10. The Yellow Wallpaper – Charlotte Perkins Gilman. An important piece of feminist literature very simply written but showing how women were completely powerless in the Victorian times.
  11. Bridget Jones’s Diary/The Edge of reason – Helen Fielding. Aimed at such a diverse readership this book is uniquely written and so accessible to all types of women, even my grandma loves it!
  12. Sex and the city – Candace Bushnell. Changed the outlook of female sexuality, proved that sex is important to us women too and you can’t deny that there’s a bit of Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte in all of us.
  13. I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou (and any poetry she writes). This woman wrote the beautiful poem, Still I rise where she wrote the line, “Because I dance like I’ve got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs.” Wow! Her autobiographical novel is just as intense and wonderful.
  14. Masterpieces – Sarah Daniels. Daniels eats up the taboo issue of pornography and spits it out in a feminist rage.
  15. Ourselves Alone – Anne Devlin. Irish women deserve a voice too and Devlin gives them a unique one.
  16. The Feminine Mystique – Betty Friedan. A complete classic..enough said.
  17. Beloved – Toni Morrison. This woman is a genius, in this novel she writes about the plight of black women and shows the marginalization of them in American society.
  18. Big Women – Fay Weldon. Middle class feminism at it’s best. Weekend her short story is also brilliant and extremely funny.

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