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There are many diverse feminist voices writing right now. This list—from books to TEDTalks—will help direct you toward some of these voices. Feel free to share recommendations in the comments below.

Woman Reading a Book
Woman Reading a Book , Digital ID 1537204, New York Public Library
Unidentified Woman Reading a Book
Unidentified Woman Reading a Book, Digital ID 1536861, New York Public Library 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caitlin Moran has been on a roll since her book How To Be A Woman was released in 2011. Since then she has also published  Moranthology (2012), How To Build a Girl (2014), and most recently, Moranifesto (2016). One of the first lines of the introduction is that Moran didn’t used to write about politics and feminism because she thought that was for the Serious Political or Professional Feminist People. Eventually, she felt we should all feel empowered to voice—or write—our opinions. Her very manageable short essays are wildly political and feminist from page 103-184, but you should read the rest because she’s also just very funny.  

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a TEDTalk titled “The Danger of a Single Story” in 2009 which was about her nationality and people’s perceptions that there is one kind of African and her own perception that there is one kind of American. A TEDx talk in 2012 she titled “We Should All Be Feminists” (maybe you’ve heard a clip of it in Beyonce’s “Flawless”) was then adapted to a very small book so that we can all carry her words around.  This talk focused on how she reconciles her femininity with her feminist ideals and how much work still needs to be done for equality. She presents all too familiar anecdotes to illustrate her points.

How To Win at Feminism was published in 2016, authored by women at the popular Onion-type website Reductress.  The tongue-in-cheek humor had me laughing out loud with sections like “How To Take Up More Space, But Not Too Much Space” and “How to Do More with 23 Cents Less”. Please make sure the less-informed people in your life realize that this is comedic and you will actually be taking up as much space as you need.

Moranifesto
We Should All Be Feminists
How to Win at Feminism

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Bornstein has been an LGBTQ pioneer since the 1980s when she had “the surgery” and in 2013 her very important book My Gender Workbook: How to become a real man (1998) was updated and rebranded as My New Gender Workbook: A step-by-step guide to achieving world peace through gender anarchy and sex positivity.  It is a must-read for every young (or old) person struggling to identify and come to peace with the fluidity of gender identity and sexual orientation.

2 Dope Queens is a popular podcast hosted by Jessica Williams, former correspondent on The Daily Show and Phoebe Robinson.  Robinson recently published a collection of her essays called You Can’t Touch My Hair about intersectional feminism (key phrase to know) and being black and a woman. Robinson is very in touch with popular culture so the essays comment on her own experience as well as what is presented in the media. She is a comedian so the essays are humorous even when addressing serious topics of abuse and stigma. Williams wrote the foreword but I’m waiting for her to release her own book—keep us posted, Jessica!

Everday Sexism by Laura Bates though I would tentatively rename the book Everyday Harassment since that is the main topic of the book.  There are so many subtle ways in which we experience sexism every day (men and women) but the project that this book was born from has a startling amount of in-your-face, not-subtle-at-all stories about street harassment and workplace discrimination. You may be inundated with this knowledge and not need this book, but it’s a good, brash introduction for people who may not have first-hand experience with these acts of sexism.  


The Feminist Press at CUNY has an incredible list of books that they reprint and new authors that they publish. One of those new books is The Crunk Feminist Collection: essays on hip-hop feminism. You can watch the authors of these essays in conversation at the NYPL Schomburg Center talk about growing up with hip-hop as a soundtrack to their lives and as a jumping off point to understanding all forms of oppression, including sexism. 

You Can't Touch My Hair
You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
Everday Sexism
Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
The Crunk Feminist Collection
The Crunk Feminist Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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