One of the questions I get asked the most from you guys is how I got into feminism. The answer is easy, though: mostly books, university, and my good old friend, the internet. I have to admit, a couple of years back I myself thought that feminists were crazy men hating women complaining about everything and everyone. A healthy dose of feminist books later, however, I’m all in to support the cause! So here’s a short collection of feminist books to add to your reading list if you want to inform yourself on the topic :)
Some of my Favorite Feminist Books
HOW TO BE A WOMAN – CAITLIN MORAN
Though they have the right to vote and the Pill and haven’t been burned as witches since 1727, life isn’t exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women’s lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.
» I only read this book recently but I feel like it’s the perfect choice to start off with if you want to find out more about what feminism is about. Hilarious, on point and so easy to read! A++
WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS – CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness.
» Incredible speech and equally as good an essay. If you don’t want to buy the teeny pamphlet, you can also watch her TED talk here.
BAD FEMINIST – ROXANE GAY
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
» Some essays I absolutely loved. Most of them, however, were rather tedious and mediocre. Maybe I expected too much after having read so many good reviews. I honestly wanted to like this book but overall it was a bit of a disappointment to me. Essay collections have become one of my favourite literary genres but this one just couldn’t live up to my expectations. Still, as so many seem to love it, I wanted to add it to my list!
ALL THE RAGE – COURTNEY SUMMERS
With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women after an act of sexual violence, forcing us to ask ourselves: In a culture that refuses to protect its young girls, how can they survive? *trigger warning (rape)
» This book is slightly different than the other ones on my list. I wanted to include it either way, though, because I think it’s such an important topic. I strongly suggest you reading this as it kept me thinking for days and days afterward. TRIGGER WARNING, though, it’s *very* graphic and triggering.
Feminist Books on my TBR
EAT SWEAT PLAY – ANNA KESSEL
What does it mean to be a sporty woman in the 21st century? From the launch of Net-A-Sporter, serving up sports clothing for fashionistas, to the introduction of #plankie as the new Instagram selfie for yoga bunnies; exercise for women has finally gone mainstream. But if sweating has never been so hot for female celebrities, then why are there still so many obstacles for girls and women when it comes to sport?
MEN EXPLAIN THINGS TO ME – REBECCA SOLNIT
In her comic, scathing essay “Men Explain Things to Me,” Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don’t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters. She ends on a serious note— because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, “He’s trying to kill me!”
MILK & HONEY – RUPI KAUR
milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
» I’ve heard split opinions about this poetry collection and I think it hugely depends on how much you can rely to the topics discussed in it in order to love it or not. I personally felt a huge connection and I think that’s also why I fell in love with it so deeply. If you’re not so much into poetry you might still love milk & honey as it’s so relatable and sharable. Also, bonus point for gorgeous design! I personally will definitely come back and re-read this book quite a few times because the poems spoke to me on such a deep and personal level.
What’s currently on your reading list? Have you already read any of these books? Or do you have any great feminist books to add to this post? Let’s chat in the comments down below!