I like to set myself projects for reading, and one of this year’s projects is going to be to read some more feminist texts: some rereads and some new books, alternating some classics with some more recently published books. I’ll try and do longer reviews of them here and link to them on my women’s group blog – and anyone who fancies reading along and making this a collaborative effort, that would be great. So far the list of books I’m intending to read includes
- Simone de Beauvoir’s The second sex (I’ve only ever read bits of this as it’s pretty wordy and heavy-going)
- Mary Wollstonecraft’s A vindication of the rights of woman (I read this as a teenager, but don’t remember much about it)
- Betty Friedan’s The feminine mystique – again, I read this when I was a student, but fancy rereading it
- Susan Faludi’s new book The terror dream, about gender roles in America since 9/11
- Sheila Rowbotham’s Woman’s consciousness, man’s world
- Élisabeth Badinter’s XY, de l’identité masculine
- Virginia Woolf’s Three Guineas
- Deborah Siegel’s Sisterhood interrupted
Suggestions are welcome!
Edit: just want to add a couple of links to articles about inspiring feminist books: feminists name important books in the Guardian, and Guardian readers respond; the f-word has a similar article here.