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Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What They Wanted Has Made Women Miserable
Tied Up in Knots: How Getting What They Wanted Has Made Women Miserable by Andrea Tantaros

Fifty years after Betty Friedan unveiled The Feminine Mystique, relations between men and women in America have never been more dysfunctional. If women are more liberated than ever before, why aren't they happier? In this shocking, funny, and bluntly hone...

Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body
Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe

Take a funny and illuminating tour of the female body with award-winning comedian Sara Pascoe. Women have so much going on, what with boobs and jealousy and menstruating and broodiness and sex and infidelity and pubes and wombs and jobs and memories and e...

Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation
Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation by Eli Clare

First published in 1999, the groundbreaking Exile and Pride is essential to the history and future of disability politics. Eli Clare's revelatory writing about his experiences as a white disabled genderqueer activist/writer established him as one of the l...

We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope
We Are Afghan Women: Voices of Hope by George W. Bush Institute

Afghanistan has been described as "the worst nation in the world to be a woman". More than 50 percent of girls who are forced into marriage are 16 or younger. Too many women live in fear, and in many areas education and employment for women are still cond...

Breakthrough: The Making of America's First Woman President
Breakthrough: The Making of America's First Woman President by Nancy L. Cohen

More than 50 nations around the world have elected women to lead them, with one gigantic exception: the United States. America, the birthplace of modern democracy, has never elected a woman president, and women have wielded substantially less political po...

Bad Feminist
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour was black to be cool, but it is pink - all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once liv...

The Subjection of Women
The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill

English society in the 1860s was on the brink of enormous change, and some of the biggest changes coming to birth in that time were tremendous changes in the status of women - changes affecting politics, economics, law, government, business, education, ps...

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes M. Baker

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for women of all sizes and ages. With smart and sassy eloquence, veteran blogger Jes M. Baker calls on women to be proud of their bodies, fight against fat shaming, and embrace a body-posit...

The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America by Tamara Winfrey Harris

What's wrong with black women? Not a damned thing! The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti-black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves. When African women arrived on American shores,...

Mom and Dad, I'm Gay: Coming Out of the Closet
Mom and Dad, I'm Gay: Coming Out of the Closet by Michael Holman

Mom and Dad, I'm Gay: Coming out of the Closet covers a lot of a gay people's experiences. Most of our fears and doubts are perfectly hidden in a closet. It is like the story with the boogie man. What happens if we decide to come out and confess who we re...

Headscarves and Hymens
Headscarves and Hymens by Mona Eltahawy

Written and read by the author. In November 2011, Mona Eltahawy came to worldwide attention when she was assaulted by police during the Egyptian Revolution. She responded by writing a groundbreaking piece in foreign policy entitled Why Do They Hate Us?; '...

The Way of Men
The Way of Men by Jack Donovan

What is masculinity? Ask 10 men, and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understa...

Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently
Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently by Emer O'Toole

Being a woman is, largely, about performance - how we dress and modify our bodies, what we say, the roles we play, and how we conform to expectations. Gender stereotypes are still deeply embedded in our society, but Emer O'Toole is on a mission to rewrite...

Same-Sex Marriage: Same-Sex Marriage Series
Same-Sex Marriage: Same-Sex Marriage Series by Mistress Dede

The legality of same-sex marriage in the United States is a contentious subject. In the past few years the pro-marriage side has made a lot of progress, with the same-sex marriage states now numbering 35. The same-sex marriage debate polarizes opinion, an...

Confessions of a Failed Slut
Confessions of a Failed Slut by Kathy Shaidle

As the only female columnist at controversial, conservative Taki's Magazine, Kathy Shaidle soon found herself covering an unlikely beat: sexuality. "Unlikely" because as the married, 50-year-old Shaidle explains, "my 'number' (as the kids call it these da...

Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen
Brave Dames and Wimpettes: What Women Are Really Doing on Page and Screen by Susan Isaacs

Why are Jane Eyre, Marge Simpson, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer "brave dames"? What makes Ally McBeal, Madame Bovary, and the good wife Beth from Fatal Attraction "wimpettes"? In this thoroughly witty, incisive look at the role of women on screen and page,...

Men Explains Things to Me
Men Explains Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit's essay 'Men Explain Things to Me' has become a touchstone of the feminist movement, inspired the term 'mansplaining', and established Solnit as one of the leading feminist thinkers of our time - one who has inspired everyone from radical a...

The Way Things Are?
The Way Things Are? by Thomas Hodge

A book designed to anger people of all genders but set to prove a point and provoke thought in the end. Honestly, have social movements of gender equality and rights become this far detached from reality? The concepts of sexism and discrimination have mad...

The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour - and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News
The News Sorority: Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, Christiane Amanpour - and the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News by Sheila Weller

For decades, women battered the walls of the male fortress of television journalism, until finally three - Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric, and Christiane Amanpour - broke through, definitively remaking America's nightly news. Drawing on exclusive interviews w...

How Goddesses Are Turned into Logs: World History of Turning Women into Mats: A Log with Leg Spread Wide
How Goddesses Are Turned into Logs: World History of Turning Women into Mats: A Log with Leg Spread Wide by Andrey Davydov

Women lost the "war between the sexes". Since the time of birth, women are being made into logs with legs spread wide, as an indication of their main purpose - to participate in the reproduction of the human race, and be pleasant toys in the hands of men....

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