The Handmaid's Tale

04 June 2020 | By Margaret Atwood | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes h

We Should All Be Feminists

04 June 2020 | By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | Filed in: women and gender studies.

What does feminism mean today That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently argued essay adapted from her much viewed TEDx talk of the same name by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun n nWith humor and

The Second Sex

04 June 2020 | By Simone de Beauvoir | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Newly translated and unabridged in English for the first time, Simone de Beauvoir s masterwork is a powerful analysis of the Western notion of woman, and a groundbreaking exploration of inequality and otherness This long awaited new edition reinstates significant portions of the original French

The Feminine Mystique

04 June 2020 | By Betty Friedan | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Landmark, groundbreaking, classic these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique Published in 1963, it gave a pitch perfect description of the problem that has no name the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women s confiden

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

04 June 2020 | By Mary Wollstonecraft | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Writing in an age when the call for the rights of man had brought revolution to America and France, Mary Wollstonecraft produced her own declaration of female independence in 1792 Passionate and forthright, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman attacked the prevailing view of docile, decorative femi

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

04 June 2020 | By bell hooks | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Acclaimed cultural critic bell hooks offers an open hearted and welcoming vision of gender, sexuality, and society in this inspiring and accessible volume In engaging and provocative style, bell hooks introduces a popular theory of feminism rooted in common sense and the wisdom of experience Hers

Men Explain Things to Me

04 June 2020 | By Rebecca Solnit | Filed in: women and gender studies.

In her comic, scathing essay Men Explain Things to Me, Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don t, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, a

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity

04 June 2020 | By Judith Butler | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Since its publication in 1990, Gender Trouble has become one of the key works of contemporary feminist theory, and an essential work for anyone interested in the study of gender, queer theory, or the politics of sexuality in culture This is the text where Judith Butler began to advance the ideas th

The Color Purple

04 June 2020 | By Alice Walker | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award Alice Walker s iconic modern classic is now a Penguin Book n nA powerful cultural touchstone of modern American literature, The Color Purple depicts the lives of African American women in early twentieth century rural Georgia Separated as gir

Bad Feminist

04 June 2020 | By Roxane Gay | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Pink is my favorite color I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink all shades of pink If I have an accessory, it is probably pink I read Vogue, and I m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way I once live tweeted the September issue n nIn these funny and

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love

04 June 2020 | By bell hooks | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Everyone needs to love and be loved even men But to know love, men must be able to look at the ways that patriarchal culture keeps them from knowing themselves, from being in touch with their feelings, from loving In The Will to Change, bell hooks gets to the heart of the matter and shows men h

The Body Project: An Intimate History of American Girls

04 June 2020 | By Joan Jacobs Brumberg | Filed in: women and gender studies.

Timely and sympathetic a work of impassioned advocacy PeopleA hundred years ago, women were lacing themselves into corsets and teaching their daughters to do the same The ideal of the day, however, was inner beauty a focus on good deeds and a pure heart Today American women hav