Covet- Feminist Reading List

The Covet List is a dual purpose one. It’s not only things one wants to own but things one wants to accomplish or places one wants to visit. This list is a of books that I am looking forward to reading this month. The theme, because a good reading lists follow a theme, is women’s rights/ girl power ballad. Think Pat Benatar in a pant suit. Women’s history Month is actually in March, so be on the look out for Women from History Profiles next month. This month is really unorganized so it’s a bit of “everything goes”. Anyways, here’s the Covet list:

1) Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

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I watched Roxane Gay’s Ted Talk not too long ago and was completely sold. She was funny, smart and so relatable. I’m probably a bad feminist as well. I have been accused of such. I’m not all that keen on Hillary Clinton, I read Vogue, I send a lot of time lately thinking about contouring. Yet, I also support a woman’s right to choose— her career, her look, her healthcare. I love Simone De Beauvoir but have no interest in the Vagina Monologues. I’m interested to see how the book expands upon what she covered in the Ted Talk, and am on the look out for other material from Gay.

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I haven’t seen the film Suffragettes yet, but I really want to. I have been meaning to read up more on women’s work to win the vote, but haven’t made it a priority. When I was in high school I read a book with mini biographies of women who made history and one of the only bios I remember is Alice Paul’s. So I’m excited to learn more, and this is especially timely with the 2016 elections.

3) We All Should Be Feminists– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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This is an other author who’s Ted Talk I enjoyed, but I really became interested when I heard that every 16 year old in Sweden was receiving a copy of this book. If I am a self- confirmed Bad Feminist, to use Roxanne Gay’s phrase, then I am in hopes that this book will help me be a better one.

4) The Awakening– Kate Chopin

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I keep seeing this author’s name on the list of feminist writers everyone should read. I’ll admit— I’d never heard of her. Gender Roles in the US are still, in some ways, more rigid than elsewhere. There is a growing trend of conservatism that brings to mind turn of the century growing pains in America’s culture. So along side Sisters this book seem like a good way to understand how women were able to redefine expectations to shape society to their benefit. This is so relevant to women right now. This novel is set in the 1890’s – a period that saw a huge expanse in technologies and social changes. Sound familiar? By the way, The Awakening is free for kindle on Amazon.

5) Men Explain Things to Me– Rebecca Solnit

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Even the best intending men do this. My husband does this— more frequently than he would like to admit. So when a friend recommended that I read this I thought, “A resounding yes! Someone who gets it” which seems to be half the battle. Solnit has written quite a few books, and I can’t say that I am familiar with her work, but I have heard good things about her so I’ve high hopes for this one.

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