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I'm going to spend this forthcoming year aiming to exclusively read works only by women and predominately about women. This is based on the attitude of Sheila Jeffreys who says she has read mostly women based works for the past 30 pus years.

What would people add to my list so far? I'm aiming for minimum one key text or classic per month plus my normal audiobooks and any additional books i pick up.

I want a list to keep me focused. i love starting books but don't always finish them. This year I'm getting finished! :D

2022: Year of Feminism

  1. Women of ideas and what men have done to them from Aphra Behn to Adrienne Rich - Dale Spender

  2. The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir

  3. Right Wing Women - Andrea Dworkin

  4. Intercourse - Andrea Dworkin

  5. The Transsexual Empire - Janice Raymond

  6. Beauty and Misogyny - Sheila Jeffreys

  7. Who Cooked the Last Supper? -Rosalind Miles

  8. Anti-Climax - Andrea Dworkin

  9. Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine

  10. Woman: An Intimate Geography - Natalie Angier

I'm going to spend this forthcoming year aiming to exclusively read works only by women and predominately about women. This is based on the attitude of Sheila Jeffreys who says she has read mostly women based works for the past 30 pus years. What would people add to my list so far? I'm aiming for minimum one key text or classic per month plus my normal audiobooks and any additional books i pick up. I want a list to keep me focused. i love starting books but don't always finish them. This year I'm getting finished! :D 2022: Year of Feminism 1. Women of ideas and what men have done to them from Aphra Behn to Adrienne Rich - Dale Spender 2. The Second Sex - Simone de Beauvoir 3. Right Wing Women - Andrea Dworkin 4. Intercourse - Andrea Dworkin 5. The Transsexual Empire - Janice Raymond 6. Beauty and Misogyny - Sheila Jeffreys 7. Who Cooked the Last Supper? -Rosalind Miles 8. Anti-Climax - Andrea Dworkin 9. Delusions of Gender - Cordelia Fine 10. Woman: An Intimate Geography - Natalie Angier

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I would recommend “only words” by Catherine Mackinnon, “our bodies their battlefields” by Christina Lamb, “the dialectic of sex” by Firestone, and “the female eunuch” by Germaine Greer.

I might have to plan a two year reading list as these are classics too! 😄👍

Yes, totally had intended to put this on the list and forgot! Great link, thanks 😄👍

That website is amazing! It's got so many amazing books..... Thanks for the link ❤️

You just gave me some motivation to build my own reading challenge hehe adding all books here to my list! Thank you everyone.

Do it! As I said, one classic book per month should be doable. I'm thinking to have a cut off point for social media in the evening, then I focus only on books. Or I give myself a time limit per day for surfing then I have to read. I live reading but I get sucked into the wonderful vortex of Ovarit! 😂 I'm going to have separate lists for ebook, audiobook and maybe even real book. Ebook for during the day, audiobooks for housework and running then real books for just before bed. I'm even going to have classics for morning time and maybe fiction or pop psychology or biography for the evening. Easier to focus then. The Women's Declaration of Human Rights are great for their reviews of classics. Good luck!!

Also, post your list here when planned out. Give us some inspiration!! 🤗👍

That's a great plan! Haha since i read a lot of fiction, I'll try to allocate one book per month too (for feminist books) and read a minimum of 1 hour everyday. Chunk size plans sounds doable otherwise I'll just overwhelmed myself :p

This is coming off the beaten track a bit (excuse the pun) , but Wild by Cheryl Strayed. The portrait she paints of her mother, the bond between mothers and daughters, the beauty of female strength, is so invigorating. Just to let you know, there is a fair bit of grief in the first 70 pages or so.

Germaine Greer. I know she's a bit controversial but I love her writing.

Inferior by Angela Saini was pretty good, too.

I didn't get on with Who Cooked The Last Supper, tbh, some of her history is off and as ancient history was my specialism I couldn't get past it.

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It was a bit dry for me to get through, but Caliban and the Witch by Silvia Federici is something I've seem a lot of people reference and recommend. Could we worth looking at to see if it interests you.

Just to give you a sense of it:

https://www.globaljusticecenter.org/papers/notes-caliban-and-witch

I listened to the WHRD podcast on her book. Seemed interesting. I might do a two tier system. One of heavy hitters and one of more accessible works.

Oh, interesting. I'll have to check out the podcast. Happy reading whatever you choose!

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This is a really interesting idea! I don't know if I can read only books written by women based on what I've already got on my shelves, but I'm going to make an effort to make it 50/50. And this list is good inspiration, I have 2, 4, and 9 already.

It came from listening to Sexual Differences by Kate Millet as recommended by Sheila Jeffrey's. She breaks down the misogyny in four different books. It was mind blowing. It made me wonder how conditioned I was being by the books I read. Yes, go for 50/50. I'll be making an exception for Joe Abercrombie if he releases one. Actually, since getting more into feminism, I've read his books differently. He does strong female roles after someone years ago pointed out the lack in fantasy. I asked him a question about using the trope of the Happy Hooker. It was an online author interview and I could see him get uncomfortable when he clocked it in the screen. He never responded but I hope to see some more nuance in his writing. That's just one example but I doubt a woman with her eyes wide open would do the same. I've really started to understand the term conscious raising this year! 😄👍