Do you remember the first time you identified with the word “feminist?” For many, aligning with the movement for equality is often not a conscious process but one that comes with much learning and unlearning along the way.
Whether you are or aren’t a feminist (I mean it’s almost 2021, what are you doing?), understanding the nuances of everything that comes under the umbrella term of feminism can help you delve deeper into your own identities and introspect your opinions.
As we wind down to the end of this tumultuous year, here are some book recommendations around feminism that will intrigue, educate and entertain you.
“We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie’s book is an adaptation of her TEDx talk on the same topic. She discusses the importance of being a feminist in the 21st century and the role of awareness and inclusion on the road to equality. Adichie talks about her own experiences throughout the world, encouraging a shift in the perspective of people to create social change.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood
Exploring a dystopian society in the future, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is a chilling tale of what the author, Margaret Atwood believes the future could look like. Atwood’s novel talks about a society where women have no rights and are reduced to the purpose they serve, which is mostly reproduction. The eye-opening read is worth exploring simply for how it foretells some of the legislation around women’s bodies that is currently changing in many countries.
“Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay
This humorous collection of essays reflects on Gay’s evolution as a feminist and woman of colour. The book delves into being a feminist while experiencing ideas that may not necessarily fit the mold of the ‘ideal feminist.’ It provides insights for feminists to not feel guilty for their choices, ideas, and decisions.
“Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity” by Julia Serano
A collection of personal essays, this book gathers the experiences of Serano as a trans woman. It explores gender and femininity and makes the case that transphobia takes root from sexism. The book sets the record straight on why transgender activism is core to the feminist movement.
“The Moment of Lift” by Melinda Gates
The co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shares stories from her journey in philanthropy and how the progress of the world depends on the development of women. From struggles of women especially in third-world countries to success stories of how one innovative idea can bring about a cycle of positive change in communities.