Books for budding feminists: Intro
After discovering lip magazine in 2011 I realised that I was quite the feminist. I always have been but I never connected my opinions with feminism or even really tried to understand what feminists believed in. That is, until now. The problem is that I know that I am a feminist and I am all for women’s rights and equality, but I really don’t know that much about the feminist movement or what feminists have gone through up until this point.
Rather than continue on in my current path of ignorance I have decided to read my way through as many feminist books as it takes for me to feel satisfied that I understand the roots of my beliefs.
After asking friends and family, checking the Internet and browsing public libraries I have come up with a reading list for myself. The goal is to emerge at the end of the list with a more holistic view of feminism and a greater understanding of feminist history and the women’s movement. Along the way I’ll be providing you with updates and the things that surprise me the most.
Currently my list includes:
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Les Belles Images by Simone de Beauvoir
Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy
Full Frontal Feminism: a young woman’s guide to why feminism matters by Jessica Valenti
Pornland: How porn has hijacked our sexuality by Gail Dines
Living Dolls: The return of sexism by Natasha Walter
Media Tarts by Julia Baird
One dimensional woman by Nina Power
Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism by Laurie Penny
He’s a stud, she’s a slut and 49 other double standards every woman should know by Jessica Valenti
If you have any suggestions or think I have missed an essential novel please leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list. Otherwise if you have read something recently that you identified with as a feminist, please don’t hesitate to share it below.