Books!

In this post I will be talking about books that I have read and loved over the past year or so. They follow similar themes of feminism, equality and LGBTQA+ issues. I cannot claim that any of these books are perfect; their theories and arguments will make you critical and like me, you wont agree with everything that is written. Books should of course educate, but also make your brain work and help you develop your own views. I found these books highly engaging, thought provoking and powerful.

The Glass Closet cover “The Glass Closet” by John Browne

This book was a really interesting read in that it talks about the importance of being yourself at work and why this is better for businesses and for your own well being. It also influenced me to write my  Home Self vs Work Self and Give Young Adults the Confidence to be Themselves blogs. I would recommend this book to all employers and young people who are trying to climb the career ladder.

Check out “The Glass Closet” twitter account too: @GlassClosetOrg 

whipping girl cover “Whipping Girl” by Julia Serano

I can safely say that this is one of the best books I have ever read. It was extremely educational and once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. It taught me a lot and made me think about feminism and femininity in a different way.

The blurb reads “Whipping Girl is a personal, analytical, gripping account that debunks popular misconceptions about transsexuality, while exposing the cultural belief femininity is frivolous, weak, and inherently inferior to maleness and masculinity”.

Double standards cover “He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know” by Jessica Valentini

This book has been written and put together in a really cool style. You can pick it up and skim through a couple of chapters very easily. It’s small but bursting with honest, funny and important content; that gives a good overview of the double standards society currently has in place. At the end of each chapter it offers solutions and things you can do to challenge society’s rules.

cunt image3Cunt” by Inga Muscio

This book was fantastic. I took it on holiday and whizzed through whilst being blown away by concepts and ideas that I really related to. The book emphasises how powerful you can be as a woman. A positive spin on the difficult reality of the patriarchal society that we live in.  It also includes a “Cuntlovin’ Guide to the Universe” which has loads of useful resources.

purity cover3“The Purity Myth” by Jessica Valentini

The Purity Myth covers some quite controversial and actually disturbing topics and ideas. It is very well written and talks about current issues. It’s definitely not a light read, but the messages are important.

The blurb reads “A brave call to overhaul the way America measures young women’s worth, The Purity Myth calls on all of us to put an end to the dangerous burden that falls on our girls to conform to impossible standards of purity”.

What I’ll be reading next:

  • “Delusion of Gender” by Cordelia Fine
  • “Pink Brain Blue Brain” by Lise Eliot
  • “Full Frontal Feminism” by Jessica Valentini

Do you have any recommendations? Please comment below or tweet me your favourite books to @maldrichwincer. 

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