The Ms. Blog's Best Feminist Non-Fiction Reads: Reader's Choice
A reading list for the thinking woman in everyone.
1 A Room of One's Own
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2 Feminism Is for Everybody: ...
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3 Yes Means Yes!: Visions of ...
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4 The Purity Myth: How Americ...
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5 The Vagina Monologues
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6 The Beauty Myth
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7 Cunt: A Declaration of Inde...
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8 The Second Sex
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9 Full Frontal Feminism: A Yo...
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10 Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) ...
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11 Gender Trouble: Feminism an...
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12 Whipping Girl: A Transsexua...
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13 Female Chauvinist Pigs: Wom...
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14 Persepolis: The Story of a ...
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15 Our Bodies, Ourselves for t...
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16 Sister Outsider: Essays and...
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17 Havana Real: One Woman Figh...
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18 Backlash: The Undeclared Wa...
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19 Women, Race, and Class
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20 Ain’t I a Woman: Black Wome...
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21 The Feminine Mystique
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22 Half the Sky: Turning Oppre...
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23 Girls to the Front: The Tru...
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24 Cinderella Ate My Daughter
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25 Reviving Ophelia: Saving th...
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26 This Bridge Called My Back:...
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27 Feminist Theory: From Margi...
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28 A Vindication of the Rights...
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29 Outrageous Acts and Everyda...
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30 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
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31 Colonize This!: Young Women...
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32 Sexual Politics
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33 Manifesta: Young Women, Fem...
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34 Gender Outlaw: On Men, Wome...
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35 Delusions of Gender: How Ou...
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36 This Common Secret: My Jour...
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37 Against Our Will: Men, Wome...
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38 I am an Emotional Creature:...
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39 I Know Why the Caged Bird S...
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40 The Means of Reproduction: ...
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41 Borderlands/La Frontera: Th...
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42 The Girls Who Went Away: Th...
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43 When Everything Changed: Th...
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43 How the Pro-Choice Movement...
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45 Moving Beyond Words: Age, R...
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46 The Dialectic of Sex: The C...
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46 Persepolis 2: The Story of ...
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48 Black Feminist Thought: Kno...
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49 Assata: An Autobiography
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50 Color of Violence: The INCI...
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51 The Story of Jane: The Lege...
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52 Outlaw Culture: Resisting R...
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53 Nobody Passes: Rejecting th...
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54 Bossypants
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55 Bitch: In Praise of Difficu...
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56 The Sexual Politics of Meat...
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57 Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics...
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58 Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstr...
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59 Feminism and Pop Culture
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60 Fat Is a Feminist Issue
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60 In a Different Voice: Psych...
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62 Misogyny: The World's Oldes...
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63 Zami: A New Spelling of My ...
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64 Learning to Drive: And Othe...
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65 Captive Genders: Trans Embo...
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66 Killing the Black Body: Rac...
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67 Sister Citizen: Shame, Ster...
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68 Revolution from Within: A B...
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69 Methodology of the Oppressed
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70 Communion: The Female Searc...
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71 Anarchism and Other Essays
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72 The Complete Persepolis (Pe...
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73 Intercourse
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74 Me: Stories of My Life
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75 Conquest: Sexual Violence a...
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76 The Creation of Patriarchy
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77 The War on Choice: The Righ...
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78 Of Woman Born: Motherhood a...
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79 Enlightened Sexism: The Sed...
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80 I Am Woman: A Native Perspe...
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81 Marilyn
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82 How to Suppress Women's Wri...
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82 Just Kids
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84 S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-To...
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85 At the Dark End of the Stre...
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86 An Autobiography
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86 Women Don't Ask: Negotiatio...
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86 Jane Sexes It Up: True Conf...
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86 Am I That Name: Feminism An...
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90 You Just Don't Understand: ...
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91 James Tiptree, Jr.: The Dou...
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92 Feminists Theorize the Poli...
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93 The Revolution Starts at Ho...
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93 Listen Up: Voices from the ...
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95 Big Girls Don't Cry: The El...
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96 The Chalice and the Blade: ...
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97 Promiscuities
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98 They Went Whistling: Women ...
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99 Whores and Other Feminists
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100 Word Warriors: 35 Women Lea...
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Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) The Handmaid's Tale is a great book, but it's fiction ...


message 2: by Riona (new)

Riona Removed for being fiction:

The Handmaid's Tale

Stone Butch Blues (while heavily inspired by the author's own life, it is indeed a novel)


message 3: by crtnyrck (last edited Oct 12, 2011 10:51PM) (new)

crtnyrck you're right, riona. that book got past the editors somehow. did you see the note at the ms. site? http://msmagazine.com/blog/blog/2011/...


message 4: by Mallory (new)

Mallory Jane Eyre is also fiction.


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