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Nothing says female empowerment like telling women what comics they should like.
But in all seriousness I’m gonna try to go through this list and see if there is anything worth talking about in great detail.
First thing I noticed is that the number 3 spot is three comics by a single author, two of which are webcomics so yeah, I can already tell there was a lot of thought put into the making of this list.
And the fourth pick is a collection of two webcomics, once again showing off the amazing laziness of the author of this article. They’re seriously expecting people to buy a book of stuff that’s already available online.
Fans of sci-fi,
Orange Is the New Black, big action, and bigger characters are crazy about
Do you have any proof to back that statement up? Nope? Didn’t think so.
And of course no feminist approve comic book article would be complete with the current Squirrel Girl, a book which I’m quick to remind everyone had Squirrel Girl lecture Galactus of all characters on gender neutral pronouns.
Also I truly believe that Saga is only liked by feminists because it features a non white main female character and a bunch of gay alien characters. If it didn’t have those things feminists wouldn’t give two shits about it.
“When you’re growing up as a minority and you feel somewhat alienated
from the mainstream, you’re going to seek out other people who feel that
way. That’s what geek culture is traditionally about.”
Said the woman who compared GamerGate to the Chapel Hill Shooter.
Give me a fucking break Wilson, you can’t sit there and say that geek culture is welcoming to outsiders and then throw people who don’t agree with your ideology under the bus like that.
This list is stil a work in progress, but I really wanted to get it posted. I have either read parts of/all of the texts below or they have been recommended to me. Please reblog and add your own suggestions to the list. Each time someone adds something new, I’ll go back to this original post and make sure to include them. Thanks and enjoy!
Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis
Women Culture and Politics by Angela Davis
Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
Borderlands/La frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldua
Aint I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks
Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks
Feminist Theory from Margin to Center by bell hooks
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Medicine Stories by Aurora Levins Morales
Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home by Anita Hill
Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts
Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide by Andrea Smith
Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes: Theorizing Coalition Against Multiple Oppressions (Feminist Constructions) by Maria Lugones (submitted by oceanicheart)
Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism by Jessica Yee (submitted by oceanicheart)
Making Space for Indigenous Feminism edited by Joyce Green via jalwhite)
All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave: Black Women’s Studies, more commonly known as But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies edited by Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scot, and Barbara Smith (via jalwhite)
Homegirls: A Black Feminist Anthology edited by Barbara Smith (viasisteroutsider)
Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women edited by Stanlie James and Abena Busia (via sisteroutsider)
“For 2015, I picked out 15 books that each give a vibrant take on feminism. That’s the 360-degree view of feminism — not just for the academic or the political or the reluctant ones. The stuff that’s in these pages is what’s going to keep the conversations lively, and keep feminism at the forefront of everyone’s minds in the year to come.
So, whether you’re a diehard feminist who knows what she’s all about, a confused one who’s not totally sure how to wear the term, or a person who is a bit weary of the F-word, there’s a book for you below. Pick out one for your New Year reading list.”
What the stereotype of the bra-burning, hairy-legged feminist is really supposed to suggest is that feminism, that politics itself, makes a woman ugly. That women’s liberation is a threat to traditional ideas of femininity, of a woman’s social role. Which, of course, it is, and always has been.
What My High School Reading List Taught Me About Women
Things are starting to seem a little skewed, right? Men’s stories being told, not women’s.And then we were assigned our summer reading for Sophomore year. Lord of the Flies and The Jungle, both written by men. There are literally no women whatsoever in Lord of the Flies, because it is an all boys school isolated on an island. The Jungle has a male protagonist, but I do give it some credit because Marija is so prominently featured in the story, and Upton Sinclair does not condemn her when she becomes a sex worker. Still, the novel is terribly male-centric. This class focused a lot on free choice reading for most of the year, but second semester we read Of Mice and Men. Written by a man. There is one woman in this novel, and despite the adaptations, she is not actually that big of a character. And, spoiler alert, she dies. And she’s seen as “loose” and made a villain by the male community she is in.
“Mikhaila Nodel is a 16 year-old artist committed to spreading the message of body positivity and self-love through art. She uses zines to share this incredible message through the perspective of Cosmic Cuties, a team of empowering characters of her own creation. We were so lucky to chat with Mikhaila about her art and her journey as a young activist.
Who are the Cosmic Cuties and what are they all about?
MN: I kind of invented them as a species. They’re born from space dust and slow down the universe and fight sexist crime. They’re these feminist goddesses that watch over all women and are there to protect them.
How did Cosmic Cuties start?
MN: Cosmic Cuties started as an art project. A lot of my friends are insecure and a lot of teenage girls are really insecure about their bodies. I decided that I wanted to make people’s day better so I started making zines and I left copies of them in the girl’s bathroom so that people could just pick them up. I think it’s a really cool idea to make something that makes people feel better about themselves. I think that’s really important.
Why the medium of zines?
MN: I watched this documentary about a punk singer who made zines and I thought it was really cool. Also, I’m in the feminist club at my school and we had a day where we created zines. After that, I started making them monthly. They’re so easy to reproduce. You just copy them and leave them around. They’re small, too.
Fiction is so great, but I think a lot of people get caught up in that and ignore memoirs. You shouldn’t! You can learn so much from reading about someone else’s life, and about what they learned from dealing with their own problems and issues. We’re lucky enough to be living in a time when so many strong females are writing inspiring books, and you’d be silly not to add them to your book list. So, here are 12 memoirs every girl needs to read before she turns 18.
10. The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women by Jessica Valenti Seal Press, 2009 Jessica Valenti combats a nation’s virginity complex, arguing that myths about “purity” are damaging to both girls and women. She points the way forward toward a world where women are perceived as more than vessels of chastity.
9. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks South End Press, 1985 Cementing her place as one of the most influential feminist theorists, hooks’ Feminist Theory explores Kimberle Crenshaw’s conversation-changing idea of intersectionality: the way racism, classism and sexism work together to foster oppression.
8. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks South End Press, 1999 Named after the famous speech by Sojourner Truth, this must-read by bell hooks discusses black women’s struggle with U.S. racism and sexism since the time of slavery and doesn’t shirk from how white middle- and upper-class feminists have at times failed poor and non-white women.
7. Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture by Ariel Levy Free Press, 2005 What do phenomena such as Girls Gone Wild say about feminism? This book looks at the ways women today make sex objects of themselves, and she’s not impressed. She chews out false “empowerment” based on self-objectification and offers feminist alternatives.
6. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi Crown, 1991 This landmark book sounded the alarm about a pervasive backlash against feminism. She painstakingly refutes each insidious anti-feminist argument–for instance, that feminism is responsible for a supposed epidemic of unhappiness in women. What’s really wrong, she says, is that equality hasn’t been achieved; in fact, the struggle has only just begun.
5. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich Metropolitan Books, 2001 Long-time Ms. columnist Barbara Ehrenreich posed undercover as a low-income worker to gain material for this empathetic portrait of how the bottom half lives. She reveals that simply making ends meet is a silent struggle for many Americans, especially for women with families to support.
4. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf Harcourt Brace, 1929 This classic from the 1920s makes a devastatingly eloquent argument with a simple takeaway: For a women artist to thrive, she must have space in which to work and some money for her efforts.
3. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde Crossing Press, 1984 This master work by Audre Lorde, a Caribbean American lesbian feminist writer, collects her prose from the late 70s and early 80s. Many of these pieces made feminist history, including her candid dialogue with Adrienne Rich about race and feminism, her oft-quoted critique of academia “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” and her Open Letter to Mary Daly.
2. Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio Seal Press 2002 Inga Muscio’s 2002 feminist manifesto radicalized a new generation. She argues for the reclaiming of the tarnished word cunt, and discusses her personal experiences with self-protection, sex work, abortion and solidarity.
1. Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks South End Press, 2000 Fittingly, in Ms. readers’ favorite feminist book of all time, bell hooks argues that feminism is for everybody, regardless of race, gender or creed. She urges all to live a feminism that finds commonality across differences and makes room for impassioned debate.
Click the link for the rest of Ms. Magazine’s top 100.
Monday Night Book Review! Now that we’re done with football, TMII is starting a Monday Night Book Review by Shaylin. I’m so excited!!
We Should All Be Feminists
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Excerpt: “The problem with gender is that is prescribes how we should be
rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would
be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have
the weight of gender expectations” (Adichie, 34).
Ngozi Adichie’s “We Should All Be Feminists” is based on her TedTalk
on reasons why she is a feminist. It’s essentially a short essay,
composed into a tiny book. This book is not a politically deep argument
about the nature of feminism, and perhaps not the book to give your
anti-feminist friends to convince them. However, it addresses issues
which have shown up in Adichie’s life and how she has handled them,
showing her personal stories and why feminism is so important to her and
should be significant in everyone’s lives.
suspected by the title, this is a very pro-feminist book! Chimamanda
Ngozi Acichie is a woman of color, so her experience as a feminist is
nuanced and layered with the experiences of Black Americans and Black Africans in America. The book begins with a story Adichie tells of her
friend who was the first person to call her a feminist, and who did so
in a negative fashion. “Feminists are unhappy because they can’t find
husbands,” someone says, so Adichie calls herself a Happy Feminist.
“Feminism is against Nigerian culture,” someone says, and to this
Adichie proclaims herself a Happy African Feminist. The list piles on
with common misperceptions of feminism, and Adichie defies them all and
labels herself as she truly is—she can be everything she wants to be and
do everything she wants to do, and she is still a feminist, because
feminism is for everyone!
Unfortunately, Adichie’s book falls into the trap of many feminist books that seek to discuss womanhood and manhood in our current culture - she talks eloquently and respectfully about the challenges gender expectations confront us with, but forgets to expand that to trans women, trans men, and non binary people who would complicate and enrich her argument. One section
delves into a discussion of pay inequality, but begins with explaining
how men and women are different, saying “women can have babies, men
cannot.” However, it does have positive snippets which are, overall, sex
positive. One section discusses the ridiculousness of the double
standard of praising a woman’s virginity as part of her worth, but not
holding men to a similar standard.