The Ms. Blog's Best Feminist Non-Fiction Reads: Reader's Choice

A reading list for the thinking woman in everyone.
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385 books · 423 voters · list created September 8th, 2011 by cortney (votes) .
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Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) 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 cortney (last edited Oct 12, 2011 10:51PM) (new)

cortney 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.


Slowlygainingknowlege Great List. Reading Feminist non-fiction is like a breath of fresh air.


message 6: by Chris (last edited May 03, 2015 07:00AM) (new)

Chris Great list! Fiction is sneaking back on, though.

The Yellow Wallpaper, Auntie Mame and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit are fiction.


message 7: by Kayla (new)

Kayla Is it a-okay to vote for books with a male author?


message 8: by Hannah (new)

Hannah Neurotica Awesome list!


message 9: by Shahid (new)

Shahid Raja Great list.Deeply impressed by the range and variety of books selected. However, omission of The First Sex by Elizabeth Gould Davis, considered part of the second wave of feminism is surprising.In the book, Gould Davis aimed to show that early human society consisted of matriarchal "queendoms" based around worship of the "Great Goddess", and characterised by pacifism and democracy. Gould Davis argued that the early matriarchal societies attained a high level of civilization, which was largely wiped out as a result of the "patriarchal revolution". She asserted that patriarchy introduced a new system of society, based on property rights rather than human rights, and worshipping a stern and vengeful male deity instead of the caring and nurturing Mother Goddess.


message 10: by Robin (new)

Robin I deleted several works of fiction that had crept onto the list.

Specifically:
Beginnings (Ahe'ey, #1)
by Jamie Le Fay

The Library
by Sarah Stewart, David Small

Nights at the Circus
by Angela Carter

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
by Jeanette Winterson

The Yellow Wall-Paper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman


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