5 Feminist Non-Fiction Book Recommendations

5 Feminist Non-Fiction Recommendations
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I’ve written about how I became a feminist and reading played a significant role in that. I have a list on my phone of all the feminist non-fiction I have read over the last few years.

Books that resonated with me when I first started learning about feminism leave me frustrated now. Intersectionality is the reason for that. It wasn’t a concept I was familiar with then, but the books on this list all deal with feminism from an intersectional perspective.

Living a Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed is a feminist scholar and writer. Living a Feminist Life, like Ahmed’s blog Feminist Killjoys is an exploration of how feminist theory grows out of everyday life. To live a feminist life, according to Ahmed, means embracing the ‘feminist killjoy’ within. To live a feminist life, you must be an agitator.

Intersectionality is the order of the day here. Ahmed frames everything through the feminism and feminist theory of women of colour.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

In parts memoir, reviews, critiques of pop culture, and comments on the state of contemporary feminism Bad Feminist switches between them all in a confident manner that highlights how everything is intertwined.

Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks

Feminism is for Everybody sees bell hooks share her vision for a feminism that deals with gender, sexuality and society. Feminism is for everybody and that means we should all be working for a more equal society.

The white supremacist patriarchy won’t dismantle itself, so it’s not enough for us to simply be not misogynistic, not racist, not homophobic, biphobic and transphobic, we need to be actively anti-misogyny, anti-racist, anti-homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. We must work to change the structures and culture that operate against us.

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World edited by Kelly Jensen

Here We Are is for the teenagers in your life. It is for emerging feminists, regardless of age. It’s for feminists who want to learn more about intersectionality.

Featuring writers of colour, LGBTQ+ writers, disabled writers, writers from different religions and writers from different socio-economic backgrounds, Here We Are explores what it means to be a feminist when gender isn’t the only issue at play. Feminism often means different things to different people, but intersectionality is vital to making it accessible to as many people as possible.

I Call Myself A Feminist: The View From Twenty Five Women Under Thirty edited by Victoria Pepe, Rachel Holmes, Amy Annette, Martha Mosse, and Alice Stride

With a focus on intersectionality, through the mix of personal stories, thoughts on “modern feminism” and the more fact base pieces we are reminded that feminism interconnects with issues like racism, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia, classism and ableism. People’s lived experience means they can face one or more of these issues. Feminism needs to take these different needs into account.

I Call Myself A Feminist is an excellent read for people new to intersectionality. Even if you’re familiar with intersectionality, there is a lot to make you think and reiterate the importance of calling yourself a feminist.

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