Friday, March 4, 2011

Fantastic Five Friday!

Well this Fantastic Five is going to be short and sweet. I'm just going to list off some high quality feminist texts that I think everybody should read (or should already have read, either way). Now I've already read all of these myself, so don't worry, I wouldn't steer you wrong ;) Also, these are all strictly non-fiction. Maybe some other Friday I'll do a post of fantastic feminist fiction work? I guess you'll have to stick around and see!

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

It's a tough one to read (even in it's original language apparently) because it's very theoretical but I think everyone should read it at some point.

Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation by Leora Tanenbaum

It was the first book I read in my Women's Studies class in college and it really opened my eyes. I mean, I knew I was a feminist before this but still.

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

This is good because it's not a "Western" book. And it incorporates some great literature along the way, win win!

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

Not sure if I've talked about this on here in the past but it's about the virgin/whore dictomy and how ridiculous it all is. Great quick read.

Women's Studies: Essential Readings edited by Stevi Jackson

This was basically one of my text books in college and it was super helpful. It's a compilation of essays by many different authors regarding feminism. And they're from different countries and ideologies. Good to have around for any student of feminism. And we're all just students of feminism really. Continuously learning.

P.S. - I was trying to post pics of the books but for some reason blogger didn't feel like cooperating today. Alas!  


Anonymous said...

I didn't have ur email and shelfari is out on me. Just got an email from BC about Iditarod complainer n I'm at an awards thing. Have u talked to her...

bookspersonally said...

Great list, will have to keep an eye out for the ones I haven't read (all except deBeauvoir, also college) Did you see the New York Times OpEd yesterday on women? you might be interested in it.

Anonymous said...

this is a fantastic post btw.

Stephanie M. Hasty said...

lovely, lovely!

Marisa said...

Great list! Reminded me of some titles I should reread. It'd be nice to make a Top 5 feminist fiction list too...Alice Walker, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Octavia Butler, etc. :) Do you have a few favorite authors in this category?

Elizabeth said...

Very nice blog and list of books.

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Stop by my blog for a book giveaway.

Book Giveaway for: LITTLE PRINCES.

llevinso said...

@books, no I didn't see that. I'll have to hunt around the interwebs for it.

@Jenny, yeah I got her email and I'm on it. And thanks!

@SMH, Gracias :)

@Marisa, I am trying to gather a list of fiction titles. As far as authors (which will also probably become a Fantastic 5) I really like Atwood, need to read more Morrison, Jane Austen...I used to only read non-fiction so I need to read more obviously.

@Elizabeth, thanks a lot. I like your blog too!