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Wednesday 23 May 2012
Books

Books for budding feminists: Kat Banyard, The Equality Illusion

Jessica Barlow
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The Equality Illusion by Kat Banyard is a great book to read if you haven’t yet read any other feminist non-fiction. I say this because while it was well written, powerful and convincing, overall it didn’t give me anything I hadn’t already read about elsewhere. If I had read this before everything else though, I…
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Wednesday 2 May 2012
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Books for budding feminists: Caitlin Moran, How to be a woman

Jessica Barlow
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Finding something that makes you laugh hysterically, clutch your chest at a shared painful memory and then reminisce fondly on the way you fumbled through it is really quite difficult. It’s pretty hard to write something that one person, let alone thousands, can relate to like this, but Caitlin Moran has done just that in…
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Monday 23 April 2012
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Books for budding feminists: Slut! Growing up female with a bad reputation

Jessica Barlow
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This book by Leora Tanenbaum is all about growing up female with a bad reputation. It is novel about slut bashing, sexual encounters and the horrors of group mentality. Primarily it all comes down to sexual inequality and the problems it is causing. My favourite part about this book is the afterword because it includes…
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Friday 23 March 2012
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Books for budding feminists: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland

Jessica Barlow
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So far on my journey to become a better feminist through reading I have encountered some real gems. Living dolls, the Vagina Monologues and the Beauty Myth have all opened my eyes to aspects of life that have always been there, but have also always escaped my understanding. However, after happily and hungrily digesting the…
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Friday 16 March 2012
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Books for budding feminists: Phyllis Chesler, Letters to a young feminist

Jessica Barlow
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If you’re anything like me, you would love to have a feminist role model that you can actually talk to and seek advice from. This person would not be commandeering and prescriptive, but would be an approachable person who could comfortably answer your questions with both knowledge and respect. This person would acknowledge that society…
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Wednesday 7 March 2012
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Books for budding feminists: Ursula K. Le Guin, The left hand of darkness

Jessica Barlow
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As part of my journey to become a better, more knowledgeable feminist, I decided to explore some feminist fiction alongside the non-fiction. I decided to do this not only because it was getting a little dry constantly reading non-fiction, but also because fiction tends to reflect the society and culture of the writer. By reading…
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Friday 17 February 2012
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books for budding feminists: Gail Dines, Pornland

Jessica Barlow
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I sure as hell never envisaged myself reading a book with Porn in the title when I was fifteen, but here I am five years on having thoroughly enjoyed just that. Pornland: How porn has hijacked our sexuality by Gail Dines is an exploration of the effects porn has had and continues to make on…
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Tuesday 7 February 2012
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Books for budding feminists, Eve Ensler, the vagina monologues

Jessica Barlow
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The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler is a book I honestly believe every man, woman and young adult should read – excuse the cliché. It is unlike anything I have ever read before and was so gripping that I read it in one very emotional sitting. The book was first written in 1966 after Ensler…
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Tuesday 31 January 2012
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Books for budding feminists: Ariel Levy, female chauvinist pigs

Jessica Barlow
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In ‘Female Chauvinist Pigs’ author Ariel Levy questions what it means to be sexy today. Her search takes her all over America into strip clubs, women’s living rooms and onto a Florida beach where girls are encouraged to strip off their clothes for the cameras of hit TV show ‘Girls Gone Wild’. She finds a…
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