A legend of feminism thought, bell hooks rolls out sagacious feminist theories by sharing bold insight on everything from race, class and reproduction rights to parenting and feminism masculinity. And what’s even more impressive, Feminism is for Everybody is only 135 pages.
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Audre Lorde, a black lesbian, pens a collection of essays that touch on the values of the American system, a system that, she believes, promotes sexism, homophobia and, of course, racism.
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Here, Roxane Gay plays the role of academic, consumer of popular culture as well as political theorists as she examine theories of gender and inequality in this collection of essays.
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First of all, this book is only 50 pages long, a very quick read. Adichie doesn’t waste a word as she discusses her experiences with sexism, coming of age in Nigeria, and how sexism goes unnoticed.
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Using interviews with academicians, social scientists, and single women, Traister examines the financial, emotional and sexual orientation of women in the 21st Century. She found that women who opted out of early marriage were more likely to contribute to issues such as social change, temperance, abolition and much more.
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Hilton Als centers this brilliant book on his mother, who refused to relent to the limitations of race and gender; the mother of Malcolm X, who Als says contributed to her son’s misogyny; Harvard-graduate, Dorothy Dean, who identified with white gay men as opposed to black women; and his mentor, poet Owen Dodson, who identified as a female and was instrumental in shaping Als social and intellectual life.
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Prof. Patricia Hills Collins uses critical thought to examine the words and ideas of renowned feminists such as the aforementioned bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Angela Davis and Alice Walker.
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This is a collection of some of the best writing on feminism. But Some of us Are Brave contains work by Alice Walker, Barbara Smith as well as the Combahee River Collective, a group of black feminists created back in 1974 that works with abused women and for abortion rights and health care, among other issues.
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Here, Prof. Roberts discusses the systematic abuse that black women have faced in the form of slavery, reproduction rights as well poverty.
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Joan Morgan, a South Bronx native, tries to make sense of the world by penning essays that delve into issues such as misogyny, single mothers, and her take on the “mythic” strong black woman, among other topics.
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Considered by many to be the essential book on feminism, Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology is a selection of profound essays penned by intriguing feminists as well as lesbian activists. Writers include the likes of June Jordan, Beverly Smith, Linda C. Powell, and many others.
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Political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis gives a historical account of women activists during anti-slavery movement, Reconstruction and the black Liberation movement. Davis also touches on rape, reproductive rights and child care.
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Johnnetta Betsch Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftal argue that in order to stop rape, violence and sexual harassment in the African American community, one should focus on the intersection of race and gender.
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Sisterhood Is Powerful is a collection of writings by well-known feminists. With more than fifty contributions, this collection of essays covers everything from criticism, ideas as well as encouraging personal stories.
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Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around unearths the life of Barbara Smith, who has been a lifelong voice of social justice movements such as feminism, LGBT, civil rights, among others.
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New York Times bestselling author, Janet Mock, shares her story of being a transwoman while offering courage to other transwomen, or anyone else, searching for their identity.
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Published in 1984, Feminist Theory finds hooks arguing that the oppression of women will not end until contemporary feminists understand perplexing and diverse experiences of women.
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Want to read the early works of today’s best writers and thinkers? Well, The Black Woman introduces readers to the early works of Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Nikki Giovanni, Grace Lee Boggs, and many others.
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In Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman, Michelle Wallace discusses the misogynistic marginalization of women during the Black Power era. Wallace sheds light on how myths of black women are overshadowed by what it really means to be a woman.
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The Bluest Eye, Morrison’s first novel, is probably one of the most powerful books in publication. The novel’s main character, Pecola Breedlove, is constantly teased by other children because of her dark skin and curly hair. Believing that she’s not beautiful, Breedlove diligently asks God to make her beautiful.
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