Reading List

This is our feminist reading list. We compiled it amongst ourselves over months, and have divided it into various categories. If you have any further suggestions, please post them in the comments box.

Where possible, we have linked to the articles posted online (for free). Otherwise, where possible, we have linked to Amazon, where you can buy them. Alternatively, most good libraries should stock them.

Introductory Articles  

Online Reading – Assorted stuff, all available free online!

Intersectionality – Long word, simple idea

People of Colour (POCs) and feminism  links concerning the interplay of racism and misogyny

Women, Class and Capitalism

Feminist History

Sex/Gender

Transfeminism

Books

Films/Video (On YouTube)

Films/Video (Not On YouTube)

  • Miss Representation (dir. J.S. Newsom)
  • The Invisible War (dir. K. Dick)
  • Orgasm Inc. (dir. L. Cannan)

Music – Music has played a large part in all sorts of strands of feminism

Mental Health and Self-Care

Sex/Relationships

6 thoughts on “Reading List

  1. Heya – Lisa here, writer of the last resource on your list. You might want to know that I’ve mentioned your list of resources on Twitter as an illustration of something which often happens to transfeminism: our work is sorted into a category marked as “advanced”, “complex” or “too academic”.

    Using illustrations always has the problems that 1. it concentrates energy on a single “target” rather than a wider problem, and 2. the particular illustration you use may not be a perfect example.

    So I hope that, if you want to participate in the discussion, it’s the general discussion you join in with, and try to avoid the pitfall of being defensive of your particular placement of my work. In general, the “too academic” thing happens a lot!

    • Hi Lisa – Lexi here. I hadn’t personally noticed this on the page and I 100% agree with you. Thank you for pointing this out, and as someone who, upon coming out, jumped in with Bornstein in one hand and Butler in the other and, indeed, your blog, I was reading – and still am – anything that helps me grasp and understand myself and my place in the world and I certainly didn’t and don’t condone the categorisation of what I read into simple and advanced categories, only in what speaks to me.

      I’m going to rectify this now.

      • *smiles* I recognise that description of jumping in with anything possible to hand. The way I see it, our different “worlds of sense” (María Lugones) are closer together or further apart, and a journey to a distant world of sense may be an “advanced” journey for me, but not-even-a-journey for someone else for whom that world is one of her homes. So in naming some journeys more “advanced” than others, we’re de facto measuring their distance from a “centre” of thought/sense, a centre which corresponds closely to cultural defaults.

    • (Because apparently wordpress won’t allow me to reply to your reply)

      I and, I’m sure all of us, could not agree more with the notion that – perhaps even *especially* by being a blog that acts on some level as an introduction to intersectionality in Feminism (the average age of membership to this university society isn’t likely to be much higher than 21, if that) it is our duty not to set up more hurdles than necessary to valuable resources (frankly, the necessary number being zero). That in itself is the enemy of intersectional understanding and, as much as it’s a shame there was something that required calling out publicly, we’re glad to acknowledge and rectify it publicly, too.

      Oh and do rest assured that this reading list will definitely expand and that expansion will most certainly include a Transfeminist subsection.

      • Well, I’m wishing you all the best with the new femsoc. It’s tough to get something like that off the ground! But so good for you and those around you when you do. As mentioned on Twitter, I don’t consider this a call-out – not a duel to the death! – just something I wanted to note. Thank you for such a thoughtful response. 🙂

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