Frequently I am asked about the resources I have learned from – articles, journal entries, academic texts, books, websites, etc. – and so have decided to create a comprehensive list of materials. This list will undoubtedly change and grow with time, as learning is a life-long process. Enjoy…
This list is extensive, and so I have categorised books by subject. There is, of course, a degree of overlap.
- We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2014)
- The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander (2015)
- Black Women and the Peace Movement, by Wilmette Brown (1984)
- The Heart of Race: Black Women’s Lives in Britain, eds. Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie, & Suzanne Scafe (1985)
- Black Feminist Thought, by Patricia Hill Collins (1990)
- Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice, by Patricia Hill Collins (1998)
- Black Sexual Politics: African Americans, Gender, and the New Racism, by Patricia Hill Collins (2006)
- Women, Race & Class, by Angela Davis (1983)
- Are Prisons Obsolete?, by Angela Davis (2003)
- Charting the Journey: Writings by Black and Third World Women, eds. Shabnam Grewal, Jackie Kay, Liliane Landor, Gail Lewis, & Pratibha Parmar
- Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center: From Margin to Centre, by bell hooks (1984)
- Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks (1987)
- Feminism is for Everybody, by bell hooks (2000)
- But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies, eds. Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott, Barbara Smith (1982)
- Theorizing Black Feminisms: The Visionary Pragmatism of Black Women, eds. Stanlie M. James & Abena P.A. Busia (1993)
- Black British Feminism: A Reader, ed. Heidi Safia Mirza (1997)
- Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas and the Construction of Social Reality, ed. Toni Morrison (1993)
- From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (2016)
- Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman, by Michele Wallace (1979)
Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
- Straight Expectations, by Julie Bindel (2014)
- Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, by Lilian Faderman (1991)
- Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences, by Cordelia Fine (2011)
- Genders, by David Glover & Cora Kaplan (2000)
- The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love, by bell hooks (2004)
- Sexual Politics, by Kate Millett (1971)
- Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women’s Writing, by Barbara Christian (1985)
- Black Women Novelists: The Development of a Tradition, 1892-1976, by Barbara Christian (1980)
- Black Women Novelists and the Nationalist Aesthetic, by Madhu Dubey (1994)
- Black Women Writers: Arguments and Interviews, ed. Mari Evans (1985)
- The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination, eds. Sandra Gilbert & Susan Gubar (2000)
- Women’s Autobiography: Essays in Criticism, ed. Estelle C. Jelinek (1980)
- Literary Women, ed. Ellen Moers (1978)
- Let it Be Told: Black Women Writers in Britain, ed. Lauretta Ngcobo (1987)
- The New Feminist Criticism: Essays on Women, Literature and Theory, ed. Elaine Showalter (1985)
- The Truth That Never Hurts: Writings on Race, Gender and Freedom, by Barbara Smith (1998)
- Women, Autobiography, Theory: A Reader, ed. Sidonie Smith & Julia Watson (1998)
- Black Women Writers at Work, ed. Claudia Tate (1985)
- Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory and Writing by Black Women, ed. Cheryl A. Wall (1989)
- Black Women’s Writing, ed. Gina Wisker (1993)
Male Violence Against Women
- Everyday Pornography, ed. Karen Boyle (2010)
- Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape, by Susan Brownmiller (1975)
- Pornland: How Porn has Hijacked Our Sexuality, by Gail Dines (2011)
- Pornography: Men Possessing Women, by Andrea Dworkin (1981)
- Intercourse, by Andrea Dworkin (1987)
- Surviving Sexual Violence, by Liz Kelly (1988)
Representation, Media, and Language
- The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media, by Holly Baxter & Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett (2014)
- The Feminist Critique of Language, ed. Deborah Cameron (1990)
- The Myth of Mars and Venus, by Deborah Cameron (2007)
- Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices, ed. Stuart Hall (1997)
- Black Looks: Race and Representation, by bell hooks (1992)
- Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, by bell hooks (2006)
Social & Structural Inequalities
- The Equality Illusion, by Kat Banyard (2010)
- Everyday Sexism, by Laura Bates (2014)
- The Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir (1949)
- Do it Like a Woman, by Caroline Criado-Perez (2015)
- Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work is Done, by Susan J. Douglas (2010)
- Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, by Mona Eltahawy (2015)
- Freedom Fallacy: The Limits of Liberal Feminism, eds. Miranda Kiraly & Meagan Tyler (2015)
- Radical Feminism: Feminist Activism in Movement, by Finn MacKay (2015)
- Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, by Chandra Talpade Mohanty (2003)
- This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, eds. Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa (1981)
- Unequal Sisters: A Multicultural Reader in U.S. Women’s History, eds. Vicki L. Ruiz & Ellen Carol Dubois (1994)
- If Women Counted: A New Feminist Economics, by Marilyn Waring (1990)
- Beyond the Pale: White Women, Racism, and History, by Vron Ware (2015)
- Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, by Natasha Walter (2011)
- The Womanist Reader, ed. Layli Phillips (2006)
- In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose, by Alice Walker (1984)
- Glosswatch – this blog has taught me a great deal about the link between misogyny and the physical female body.
- Language: A Feminist Guide – the name says it all.
- More Radical with Age – a fascinating, thought-provoking critical exploration of gender.
- Race Reflections – insightful, topical, and very clever.
- The bell hooks Institute – official website of bell hooks.
- Black Girl Dangerous – Black, queer media resource.
- Black Girl Nerds – brilliant content relevant to every Black girl nerd.
- Counting Dead Women – essential resource on male violence against women.
- Feminist Current – a fresh feminist perspective on contemporary issues.
- Gal-Dem – an online magazine by women of colour.
- Media Diversified – a British media resource run by people of colour.
Disclaimer: the inclusion of a resource is not an endorsement of or an agreement with every one of the messages contained, but rather an acknowledgement they have influenced my feminist praxis.