With International Women’s day just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to reflect not only on some of our favourite books on feminism but also on some of our favourite feminist authors.
Bad Feminist is a collection of funny, insightful essays exploring what feminism means today. She reflects on what it’s meant to grow up as a woman of colour and what it means to be a feminist who loves things that stereotypically may go against the ideology: For example, loving the colour pink or live-tweeting Vogue.
Ever heard of ‘mansplaining’? If not, google it. This book talks about what often goes awry in conversations between men and women. Other than it just being annoying and rude, she also discusses the alarming effects this kind of behaviour can have on women and society as a whole.
Winner of the Lambda award for Best Lesbian Fiction, this collection of short stories is set in Winnipeg, most revolving around women living on the margins of society. Some roll their own cigarettes and pennies for toilet paper; some experience abuse, but most have hope. Mayor argues that all girls are pretty girls.
“I don’t want to freak you out, but I think I might be the voice of my generation,” is a now famous line from Dunham’s character Hanna Horvath on her hit tv show, Girls. As a self-proclaimed feminist her memoir Not That Kind of Girl is written through that lens. Without apology she describes all of her awkward experiences (and I mean all of them) growing up as a millennial girl.
This famous essay has been adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk on the same issue. Her essay is lauded for its definition of feminism as one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She defines it as the ‘social, political and economic equality of the sexes.’ Now that’s something I think everyone can get behind.