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anonymous asked:

Some authors and books about feminism? I love your blog

Thank you. So, bibliochor and days-of-reading both put great rec lists together a few weeks ago, so I suggest checking those out, respectively here and here. There is some overlap, but considering we all study in different places and have been exposed to feminism in different ways, I’m making another list (slightly more and slightly less extensive in parts). I haven’t read everything on here in full (and there are a few that I haven’t read at all but that are high up on my to-do list), and I don’t align myself with all of the views, but I think it’s important to be familiar with a wide variety of feminisms to be able to put your own stance together. 

So, I’m including classic texts, crit, theory, literature, and pop-culture lit. If you’re new to theory, I’d suggest jumping straight to the novels or the pop-culture non-fiction books as they make you think about specific theories and question the world, and then going back to the other texts. 

Classic Texts and Essays:

Second Wave Theoretical and Critical Texts:
(Again, warning: these can be radical, difficult, and unsettling to read – especially if you haven’t read feminist theory before, but they are eye-opening and extremely important to understand as they began to shape the feminist movement into what it is today.) 

Second Wave Theoretical and Critical Texts Applied to Literature

“Third Wave”/Late Late End of Second Wave: 
(This is basically just Butler, and again, if you aren’t familiar with theory, then I’d maybe stay away because Gender Trouble is a crucial text, but reading Butler is challenging.) 

Feminist Novels & Poetry
(I’m picking one work by each of these authors, but in most cases, their other works are worth checking out as well.) 
(Also worth noting that while some of these may not have necessarily been written with feminist intent, they are important to read in a feminist context.) 

Anthologies and Other Crit

Contemporary Pop Culture Feminism

Books for Solarpunks

These books were not all conceived as solarpunk, but they all fit some aspect of the movement. Add on if you know of more.

  • Ecotopia: The Notebooks and Reports of William Weston, by Ernest Callenbach – this is one of the first ecological utopias, and, as a Northwesterner, I have to put it before all others. Cascadia Forever.
  • Woman on the Edge of Time, by Marge Piercy – you’ll find a legitimately utopian world in this novel. I’ve never been a huge fan of the plot, but as an ecological/cultural thought experiment it rules.
  • Science in the Capitol series, by Kim Stanley Robinson –  beginning with 40 Signs of Rain, this series imagines a near-future/present day shift to politicians actually giving a fuck about global warming.
  • The Gaea Trilogy, by John Varley – anything by Varely will have solarpunk aspects, but the Gaea Trilogy is an interesting look at what solarpunk in space might look like. Humanity encounters a massive Stanford torus orbiting Saturn. Is it closer to fantasy than sci-fi? Yeah. But who doesn’t love centaurs?
  • Three Californias trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson – this trilogy explores three versions of future California. The third book, Pacific Edge, is the only ecologically sound future imagined, a very solarpunkish utopia.
  • The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson – I saved this for last because as far as I’m concerned it’s legit solarpunk. Gorgeous imagery and world-building any solarpunk will love.
Feminist Fiction Masterpost

People expressed interest in a book recommendation master post of feminist fiction, as there is obviously a lack of such, for those of us tired of reading the same misogynist bullshit. I’ve compiled a list of the fiction I’ve read, you might not agree with my assessment - if so, please excuse me.

Fantasy

Tortall-universe by Tamora Pierce

Beka Cooper

Alanna of Trebond

Keladry of Mindelan

Veralidaine Sarrasri

Alienne of Pirate’s swoop

Emelan-universe by Tamora Pierce

The Magician’s Guild by Trudi Canavan

Prequel

Sequel 

Age of the Five T

rilogy by Trudi Canavan

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Enchanted Forest Chronicles

(Not really fantasy, mostly a fairytale and geared towards kids but awesome anyway)

Hidden Sea Tales by A.M Dellamonica

(Books 2 and 3 have yet to be published.)

 Damar-series by Robin McKinley

Exiles-series by Melanie Rawn

The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E, Feist

Crown Of Stars-series by Kate Elliot

Fairy Tales by Mercedes Lackey

Doran-series by Monica Furlong

Santa Olivia-series by Jacqueline Carey

Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony

Lives of the Mayfair Witches by Anne Rice

Cherub-series by Robert Muchamore

(Despite the main protaganist being a boy, then a later a guy,not to mention an asshole - there is amazing female characters, who often beat him for being an ass (also just generally)and it is made obvious that his behaviour is not okay in any way. Also, gay and poc characters!)

Angels Unlimited by Annie Dalton

(Mostly for girls and teenagers, but fuck if I didn’t adore this.Read it first time as a fourth grader or something, thinking of re-reading it.)

Castings by Pamela Freeman

The Orphan’s Tales by Catherynne M. Valente

The Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore

The Sevenwaters-series by Juliet Marillier

Keeper Chronicles

The Icemark Chronicles by Stuart Hill

When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson

The Chanters of Tremaris by Kate Constable

The Guild Hunter-series by Nalini Singh

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Katriona-series by Lene Kaaberbøl

The Books of Pellinor by Allison Croggon

Stand Alone Stories

Science Fiction

Earthseed-series by Octavia Butler(Black woman!)

Xenogenesis-series by Octavia Butler

Patternmaster-series by Octavia

Stand-alone novels by Octavia Butler 

Hainish Cycle-series by Ursula K. Le Guin

(All following books are stand-alone, but exist in the same universe)

Great Alta-series

Stand alone

Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

Millenium by Stieg Larsson

Stand alone

MISC

Sisterhood by Ann Brashares

Stand Alone Stories

Quella mattina
ti sei svegliata
hai decorato con la glassa i biscotti speciali
li hai messi sul piatto di plastica blu
hai preparato il porridge per tutti
steso i vestiti puliti per me e mio fratello
ci hai pettinato i capelli, lisciato
il mio ricciolo ribelle sulla fronte
ci hai accompagnato a scuola
lui nella sua classe
me alla mia festa d’asilo
hai chiacchierato con la maestra
mentre consegnavamo i biscotti
sei tornata in macchina
hai guidato fino alla casa vuota della tua amica
hai sigillato le porte chiuso le finestre
e ti sei uccisa con il gas.
/
A sedici anni papà finalmente me lo disse.
L’unica volta che tu sia mai stata
nominata tra di noi.
/
Pensavano ce l’avessi con te.
Invece no.
/
Trovai un biglietto da parte tua
anni dopo, a casa della nonna
dopo la sua morte.
“Dite ai bambini che li amavo, tremendamente”.
Nessuno l’aveva fatto, naturalmente.
—  Melinda Smith, Un piatto di biscotti (una risposta poetica al libro di Jeremy Gavron A Woman on the Edge of Time)
Book Recommendation: Woman on the Edge of Time

Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy is a fantastic utopian novel that looks at the potential for society in communal society without sexism, racism or embedded class structure.

Connie Ramos, a Chicana woman in her mid-thirties, living in New York and labeled insane, committed to a mental institution is able to communicate with the year 2137. Two totally different ways of life are competing. One is beautiful, nonsexist, environmentally pure, open to ritual and magic. The other is a horror–totalitarian, exploitative, rigidly technological.

One of my favourite aspects of the novel is the utopian future she travels to does not use gender pronouns, instead they use “per”, short for person. Individuals are, androgynous and queer, taking partners regardless of biological sex.

Individuals living in the 2137 utopia understand the concept of violence, rape and assault, but do not understand it’s purpose in society and only know of it from what they have read.

“Suppose I hurt someone? What about rape and murder and beating somebody up?”

“We’re trained in self defense. We’re trained to respect each other. I’ve never actually known of a case of rape, although I’ve read about it. It seems…particularly horrible to us. Disgusting. Like cannibalism. I know it occurs and has occurred in the past, but it seems unthinkable.”

She imagined herself taking a walk at night under the stars. She imagined herself ambling down a country road and feeling only mild curiosity when she saw three men coming toward her. She imagined hitching a ride with anyone willing to give her a ride. She imagined answering the door without dear, to see if anyone needed help.

I could go on and on about this novel, it is one of my favourite from my Utopia and Society class, of course ran by my favourite professor.

Seriously, it’s amazing. Read it.

anonymous asked:

What's your favorite book?

That’s a good question. (This is one of those things that tends to depend on my mood.) Right now I’m torn between Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time and Ursula K. LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness. It also doesn’t hurt that both books have some of my favorite nonbinary characters.

(Luciente in Woman on the Edge of Time is awesome, and Estraven in Left Hand of Darkness is a politically powerful badass who is 5,000% done. I love them both too much for words, even if there are some minorly grating things about the books they’re in.)

We learned a lot from societies that people used to call primitive. Primitive technically. But socially sophisticated.” Jackrabbit paced, frowning. “We tried to learn from cultures that dealt well with handling conflict, promoting cooperation, coming of age, growing a sense of community, getting sick, aging, going mad, dying—”
“Yeah, and you still go crazy. You still get sick. You grow old. You die. I thought in a hundred and fifty years some of these problems would be solved, anyhow!”
“But Connie, some problems you solve only if you stop being human, become metal, plastic, robot computer. Is dying itself a
problem!
—  Marge Piercy. Woman on the Edge of Time.
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29th May -  Woman on the Edge of Time

This is going to be really hard to review, I have not read a book of this depth for a long, long time. In fact it’s the heaviest book I’ve read in at least two years at least. I do not mean weight wise (it’s actually a pretty average length of about four hundred pages) I mean content wise. So if I struggle to write a concise review, forgive me. I’d just like to outline now, loud and clear, that I loved Woman on the Edge of Time and its sheer gravity (asking big questions about race, gender and class amongst other things) is something I’ve missed whilst reading books these last few years -since reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest YEARS ago-.

So, Woman on the Edge of Time is about Connie (or Consuela), a ageing Hispanic woman, who is institutionalized after (rightfully) attacking a pimp who was peddling her friend. Connie has been willingly and forcefully institutionalized before but this time she starts communicating with an androgynous person called Luciente from a Utopian world where racism, homophobia, sexism and even pollution do not exist. Luciente helps Connie travel to this futuristic yet agrarian communal village known as Mattopoisett and inspires Connie to feel powerful and important when truthfully she is powerless and unimportant whether at Rockwell Mental Institution or ‘free’ in New York City.

The book tackles class-subordination (yes, I had to look that word up) racism, homophobia, consumerism, totalitarianism and pretty much every radical issue of its (the seventies) and OUR time. It’s still a very relevant book. I especially felt drawn toward Mattopoisett’s or rather Piercy’s ideas on sharing workloads, whether you were a noted speaker or hollie-maker, that were dull so that no one would start to feel bored or unappreciated in such jobs. I work in retail, that sounds like heaven.

But Woman of the Edge of Time is not necessarily an easy read. Not because of how it is written (other than its futuristic terms like 'hollie’ or 'kenner’ its written simply yet eloquently) but because it IS radical. It can be challenging at first to see Mattopoisett as a utopia, at least I thought so. A land that is neither capitalist nor communist. An agrarian land that births children exclusively through genetic engineering. It’s hard to take in! But eventually I saw, and maybe you will too, that Mattopoisett is essentially freedom. Freedom from money, race, gender and ties like blood family or full-time work. It’s an absolutely refreshing idea.

The characters are SO well written. They are absolutely human, with their charms and their flaws all on paper. I could write an entire essay on about how each character from minor characters like Dolly to major characters like Luciente are fantastically written and why. But I’ll just briefly focus on our protagonist, Connie whose lived a life where everything she has loved has been forcefully taken away from her from her two lovers (both of whom were killed in 'clashes’ with Caucasian authorities from police to scientists) to her child (who she lost to social services after her mental breakdown following her second lover’s death). She is consistently judged and sentenced (arguably unfairly so) by those people in power that’s either from men (like even her cruel 'brother’ Luis)  or from white people. She’s trampled upon yet Connie is STILL kind to others and instead of stewing about her unfortunate past she remembers her VERY few years of happiness well. She’s a survivor and I just LOVE her.

This is probably the worst review I’ve ever, ever written because honestly I do not want to give too much away but at the same time I feel like flailing all over the place and screaming about just how uplifting yet HEARTBREAKING this book is. It’s just a fantastic, radical and relative 'sci-fi’ novel predominately about WOC (when does that ever happen, seriously?) that is a classic in every way and should be held above similar novels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Just amazing. Read it! 

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Oh, Sybil was crazy, but Connie had no trouble talking to her. Sybil was persecuted for being a practicing witch, for telling women how to heal themselves and encouraging them to leave their husbands, for being lean and crazily elegant and five feet ten in her bare long high-arched feet, for having a loud, penetrating voice and a back that would not stoop and a temper that stood up in her, lashing the tail of a lioness.
—  Woman on the Edge of Time, Marge Piercy
Sojourner said, ‘Luciente leans far in the direction of one value and Bolivar in the other. Yet instead of looking at each other with pleasure and thinking how much richer is the world in which everyone is not like me, each judges the other. How silly. You could enrich each other’s understanding through Jackrabbit, who is drawn both ways—as to everything that moves!’
—  Marge Piercy. Woman on the Edge of Time.