Reading Recommendations

I've had quite a few people ask for recommendations of books and articles they should read whether they're just getting started in feminist theory or on certain topics. I've read a lot of the following material, though not all of them. If you have any recommendations you'd like to share, send me a message and I'll add your recommendation to the list!


Intro to Feminism

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks

Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto by Tithi Bhattacharya, Cinzia Arruzza, and Nancy Fraser

Oppression by Marilyn Frye

“The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House” by Audre Lorde

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir

Living A Feminist Life by Sara Ahmed

Women, Culture, and Politics by Angela Davis

"Understanding Patriarchy" by Suranjita Ray


Intersectionality/Identity Politics

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

On Intersectionality by Kimberle Crenshaw

Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality by Jennifer C. Nash

The Combahee River Collective Statement

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Keeanga-Yamahtta


Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics by Ange-Marie Hancock

“‘Intersectionality,’ Socialist Feminism, and Contemporary Activism” by Linda Gordon

“Ain’t I A Woman?” Speech by Sojourner Truth

This Bridge Called Me Back edited by Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism by bell hooks


Liberal Feminism

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

Transnational Feminism

“Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses” by Chandra Talpade Mohanty 

(Also “Under Western Eyes Revisited”)

Feminism Beyond Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty

In the Name of Women’s Rights: the Rise of Femonationalism by Sara Farris


Marxist/Socialist Feminism / Social Reproduction Theory

Social Reproduction Theory: Remapping Class, Re-centering Oppression edited by Tithi Bhattacharya

How All Politics Became Reproductive Politics by Laura Briggs

Fortunes of Feminism: From State-Managed Capitalism to Neoliberal Crisis by Nancy Fraser

Abolitionist Socialist Feminism: Radicalizing the Next Revolution by Zillah Eisenstein

Marxism and the Oppression of Women by Lise Vogel

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism by Kristen Ghodsee

Anything by Clara Zetkin

Anything by Alexandra Kollantai

Anything by Rosa Luxembourg

Anything by Emma Goldman


Postfeminism/Neoliberal Feminism

“Postfeminist Media Culture: Elements of a Sensibility” by Rosalind Gill

“Post-postfeminism? New Feminist Visibilities in Postfeminist Times” by Rosalind Gill

New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism, and Subjectivity edited by Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff

The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture, and Social Change by Angela McRobbie

The Rise of Neoliberal Feminism by Catherine Rottenberg

Feminism and Pop Culture

Feminism and Pop Culture by Andi Zeisler

We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler

Empowered: Popular Feminism and Popular Misogyny by Sarah Banet-Weiser

90s Bitch: Media, Culture, and the Failed Promise of Gender Equality by Allison Yarrow


Sexuality/Queer Theory

The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

Undoing Gender by Judity Butler

“Compulsive Heterosexuality” by Adrienne Rich

Gender and Power by R.W. (Raewyn) Connell

Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It by Dr. Laurie Mintz

Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serano

Trans by Jack Halberstam

Female Masculinity by Jack Halberstam


Masculinities Studies

Masculinities by R.W. (Raewyn) Connell

Manhood in America: A Cultural History by Michael Kimmel

The Guy’s Guide to Feminism by Michael Kaufman and Michael Kimmel

Men and Masculinities: A Social, Cultural, and Historical Encyclopedia by Amy Aronson and Michael Kimmel


Sexual Violence

Surviving Sexual Violence by Liz Kelly

I Never Called It Rape by Robin Warsaw

Transforming a Rape Culture edited by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela Fletcher, and Martha Roth

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer

Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller

What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape by Sohalia Abdulali

Queering Sexual Violence: Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement edited by Jennifer Patterson

Beyond Blurred Lines: Rape Culture in Popular Media by Nickie D. Phillips

Intercourse by Andrea Dworkin


Reproductive Rights/Justice

Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty by Dorothy Roberts

Radical Reproductive Justice: Foundations, Theory, Practice, Critque edited by Loretta Ross, Lynn Roberts, Erika Derkas, Whitney Peoples, and Pamela Bridgewater

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World by Michelle Goldberg


Feminist Film Theory

“Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema” by Laura Mulvey

Femme Fatales: Feminism, Film Theory, Psychoanalysis by Mary Anne Doane

Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film by Carol Jeanne Clover


Literary Works

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

(Really anything by Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

Kindred by Octavia Butler

The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith


Other Important Works

The Subjection of Women by John Stuart Mill

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft

The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State by Fredrich Engels

Declaration of Sentiments by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny by Kate Manne

Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde

Can We All Be Feminists? Edited by June Eric-Udorie

Why I’m Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto by Jessa Crispin

The Revolution Will Not be Funded by INCITE!

False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Liza Featherstone