This blog is called The Fresh Feminist because I actually have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to feminism. I am constantly learning and developing my understanding of what feminism is, where it came from and what it means in society today. These are some books I want to read to help me.
Pamela Or Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson – The first novel in English to have a female central character. However it has problematic themes when it comes to consent, rape culture and the slut-shaming of the time.
Orlando by Virginia Woolf – This novel from this feminist icon plays with gender and its fluidity in a way that is progressive today never mind of the time.
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf – In this book Woolf discusses art, female creation and how society treats female writers.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams – This novel discusses the black female perspective in a real and raw way.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi – Does this need an explanation? This is a staple of the modern feminist canon.
Warriors, Witches, Women: Mythology’s Fiercest Females by Kate Hodges – I have found it interesting how females have been presented in fairy-tales (in the classics usually passively) and I want to expand my understanding in mythology.
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay – I want to read everything Gay has written. She has produced several amazing additions to feminist literature. I listened to her recently on Jameela Jamil’s i-weigh podcast. This book speaks to me most because it a difficult and brave topic to discuss but also one that means a lot to me.