These are the books that have stood out to me. There are many more that haven’t.
He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know
Jessica Valenti, author of Full Frontal Feminism, calls out the double standards that affect every woman. Whether Jessica is pointing out the wage earning discrepancies between men and women or revealing all of the places that women still aren’t equal to their male counterparts – be it in the workplace, courtroom, bedroom, or home – she maintains her signature wittily sarcastic tone.
For me, this was a useful introduction to many feminist issues.
Was interesting to see the perspective from other young people. I’m 25 and think that there are a lot of double standards and misinformation. This anthology showed you how easy it is for bad things to happen – and how empowering it can be to either say no, or enjoy good sex.
I think it’d be a really useful book for someone who is developing their opinions about sex and sexuality. Those who have a strong sexual identity may find it a bit dull.
Sex Object explores the painful, funny, embarrassing, and sometimes illegal moments that shaped Valenti’s adolescence and young adulthood in New York City, revealing a much shakier inner life than the confident persona she has cultivated as one of the most recognizable feminists of her generation.
I thoroughly enjoyed this memoir. It gave me an insight into how Valenti developed her views and reminds us that no feminist is always perfect.
This should be required reading for everyone. Most people are too scared to talk about gender imbalances in the workplace, especially considering how far women have progressed. She brings up the practical issues that people are too scared to discuss and talks with brutal honesty about how gender affects how you are perceived.
I hadn’t thought about a lot of the issues she discussed. I really hope this leads to an honest discussion and leads to people challenging certain attitudes (from both genders) in the workplace.
Why have kids
I believe that this book should be required reading for anyone considering children. As Valenti points out, too many people romanticize having children and underestimate the mental costs. This shows the side of parenting that isn’t ‘hugs and puppies’, and shows why some parents can be desperate to cling to the description of parenting being the best thing ever.
This book isn’t anti parenting, nor is it ‘overly’ feminist. It’s a book that makes you question yourself, which I think may be very helpful to those considering children.
Being Fat And A Woman
Described as a “a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself.” I struggled with how the book was structured, but it is still a worthwhile read. She explores the raw feelings surrounding obesity that most of us wouldn’t dare confront.
Cybersexism: Sex, Gender and Power on the Internet
‘The Internet was supposed to be for everyone… Millions found their voices in this brave new online world; it gave unheard masses the space to speak to each other without limits, across borders, both physical and social. It was supposed to liberate us from gender. But as more and more of our daily lives migrated on line, it seemed it did matter if you were a boy or a girl.’