Thursday, 22 January 2015

Modern Feminism and Books

photo sourced from @NoMorePage3

This post is in honour of the lovely ladies at @NoMorePage3 who were cruelly taunted by The Sun 'newspaper' yesterday when they announced that after one whole day of not publishing nude women on page three, they would be doing so again. 

For those who have been reading my blog for a while, I interviewed them back in 2012 and I support them in their cause.

In light of this situation, and being the passionate feminist I am, I'm going to suggest five pieces of modern feminist literature that will help you become empowered to help out this campaign yourself, as well as to be a more active feminist in your community.  

If you want to sign the petition to get rid of page three, click here.

1. Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

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Laura Bates is the founder of Everyday Sexism in which people contribute their experiences where they have been treated with a sexist attitude. This book is a collection of real life incidents that will shock and anger you, and make you realise that the problem of sexism is far worse than you think.

Get this book on Amazon, Waterstones, or The Book Depository.

2. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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This is a short book in the form of an essay based on Chimamanda's TEDx talk on the subject matter. It explains what feminism means today, the blatant discrimination in society, and shares a few of her own experiences in both the US and Nigeria. This is a powerful essay about what it means to be a powerful woman.

Get this book on Amazon, Waterstones, or The Book Depository.

3. Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit

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This is another collection of essays in the form of a book that has established Rebecca Solnit as one of the leading feminists of the modern era. The essays are sassy and fiery, and remind us all that we are strong and powerful women.

Get this book on Amazon, Waterstones or The Book Depository.

4. Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion by Sali Hughes

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Pretty Honest is a make up companion that every woman needs in her life. Sali Hughes covers all types of makeup from teen skin care to bridal makeup, it is a love letter to lipstick but a reminder that just because you're a feminist, it doesn't mean you can't be feminine. 

Get this book on Amazon, Waterstones, or The Book Depository.

5. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

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Bad Feminist is an honest view of today's culture and how it influences gender constructs. What we consume becomes who we are, and so looking back at the media and the past's dabble with feminism, coming to the conclusion that society is sexist and it needs to change.

Get this book on Amazon, Waterstones, or The Book Depository.

I hope you feel like you have access to some feminist literature now, as I understand how hard it is to find authors who deal with these issues in such an honest and informative way.

Also, I hope you decide to sign the petition for No More Page Three as this post is dedicated to the lovely ladies in this campaign who have worked so hard. Keep it up, girls!

I know it feels like one step forward and two steps back, but it's not long now until we have victory!

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