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Feminist Books & Feminist Authors
List of Feminist Books
(Includes Fiction and Non-Fiction Books)
"The Feminine Mystique" by Betty Friedan (see excerpts The Problem that Has No Name and The Happy Housewife Heroine)
"The Beauty Myth" by Naomi Wolf
Naomi Wolf is a controversial feminist, however her book The Beauty Myth has been highly recommended for it's discussion of body image.
"Real Beauty" by Kaz Cooke
"Revolution from Within" by Gloria Steinam
About recovering creativity.
"Listen Up: Voices from the Next Feminist Generation" by Barbara Findlen
"Feminist Fairy Tales" by Barbara G. Walker
"The Bean Trees" by Barbara Kingsolver
"Women, Sex, and Desire" by Elizabeth Davis
Excellent for a better understanding of menstrual cycles and predicting them.
"To Be Real" by Rebecca Walker
"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
"Herland" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
"Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" by Gloria Steinem
"The Edible Woman" by Margaret Atwood
"Surfacing" by Margaret Atwood
"Cat's Eye" by Margaret Atwood
"Mama's Girl" by Veronica Chambers
"Kickboxing Geishas" by Veronica Chambers
"The Awakening" by Kate Chopin
The autobiography of Audre Lorde
"The Story of Avis" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
"The Body Project" by Joan Brumberg
"Hamlet's Mother and Other Women" by Carolyn Heilbrun
"Writing a Woman's Life" by Carolyn Heilbrun
"Towards a Recognition of Androgyny" by Carolyn Heilbrun
"Feminism Unmodified" by Catherine MacKinnon
"Reasonable Creatures" by Katha Pollitt
"The Mismeasure of Women" by Carol Tavris
Subtitled, "Why women are not the better sex, the inferior sex, or the opposite sex."
"Aren't Women Human?" by Dorothy Sayers
"When God Was a Woman" by Merlin Stone
"Failing at Fairness: How Our Schools Cheat Girls" by Myra and David Sadker
"Personal Politics" by Sara Evans
"Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen" by Kates Shulman
"The Women's Room" by Marilyn French
"Rubyfruit Jungle" by Rita Mae Brown
"Bitter Ice" by Barbara Kent Lawrence
"Women Without Superstition: No Gods, No Masters" by Annie Laurie Gaylor.
"The Bell Jar" by Sylvia Plath
"The Politics of Reality" by Marilyn Frye
"A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by Mary Wollstonecraft
"The Victim of Prejudice" by Mary Hays
"Ruth Hall" by Fanny Fern
"The Madwoman in the Attic" by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar
"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrisson
"The Second Sex" by Simone de Beauvoir
"Storm Clouds Over Party Shoes: Etiquette Problems for the Ill-Bred Woman" by Sheila Norgate
"Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves" by Sarah B. Pomeroy
An academic explaination of the roots of homophobia, misogyny, infanticide, and classism through a presentation of the religious, social, and legal structures of ancient Greece and Rome.
"Fire With Fire" by Naomi Wolf
"Glass Town" by Lisa Spaar
An exploration of eating disorders and adolescence.
"Where the Girls Are: Growing up Female with the Mass Media" by Susan Douglas, a contributor to Ms. magazine.
"From Reverence to Rape: The teatment of Women in Movies" by Molly Haskell
"A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960" by Jeannine Bassinger
"SchoolGirls" by Peggy Orenstein
"Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape and Femininity" by Susan Brownmiller
"Backlash" by Susan Faludi
Essays by Candida Royalle
"Myths of Gender" by biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling
"The Lenses of Gender" by psychologist Sandra Bem
"Gender Shock" by Phyllis Burke
"The Gender Knot" by Allan Johnson
Intro to radical feminism 101.
"Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings" by Miriam Schneir
"Letters to a Young Feminist" by Phyllis Chesler
"Throwing like a Girl by Iris Marion Young
"Bound Feet and Western Dress" by Pang-Mei Natasha Chang
"ain't i a woman" by bell hooks
"Feminism and Men: Reconstructing Gender Relations" edited by Steven P. Schacht and Doris W. Ewing
"Woman On the Edge of Time" by Marge Piercy
"Woman: An Intimate Geography" by Natalie Angier
"Divided Lives: American Women in the Twentieth Century" by Rosalind Rosenberg
"Cunt: A Declaration of Independence" by Ingo Muscio
A wonderful (and rather famous) book about menstruation.
"Dragontime: Magic and Mystery of Menstruation" by Luisa Francia, translated into English by Sasha Daucus
"A History of Their Own" by Bonnie Anderson and Judith Zinsser
An anthology of autobiographical works by more than 100 female feminist writers.
"Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism" by Suzanne Pharr
"The Last Time I Wore a Dress" by Daphne Scholinski and Jane Meredith Adams
A true story of the transgender experience.
Full Frontal Feminism
A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters.
"Ahab's Wife" by Sena Jeter Naslund
Inspired by the classic "Moby Dick", about the perspective of the fisherman's wife.
"1000 Acres" by Jane Smiley
A woman-friendly version of Shakespeare's King Lear.
Anne Sexton's feminist retellings of fairy tales.
"Wide Sargasso Sea" by Jean Rhys
Told from the perspective of Rochester's crazy wife in the book "Jane Eyre".
"The Bloody Chamber" by Angela Carter
feminist retellingsof several fairy tales.
"Kissing the Witch" by Emma Donoghue
"The Moon Under Her Feet"
The story of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Mary Magdalane, which suggests that Christianity originally had deep roots in Paganism.
"The Curse: A Cultural History of Menstruation" by Janice Delaney, M. J. Lupton, and E. Toth.
"The Chalice and the Blade" by Glenna McReynolds
"The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism" by Zillah Eisenstein.
List of Feminist Authors
(Alphabetical by Last Name)
Simone de Beauvoir
Zora Neale Hurston
Ursula K. LeGuin
See also Suggested Readings for Black Feminists