So I have two X chromosomes and call myself a feminist but I don’t hate men…can it be? Well, yes it can! As it turns out most feminists these days aren’t angry at men for dominating society, in fact there are a plethora of men who consider themselves to be feminists. The guide to being a feminist is simple: believe that women are equal in every way to men and that they deserve the fundamental human rights of any other being on this planet. If you already think this is true… surprise you’re already a feminist!
Inspired by my personal feminist beliefs and the uncanny coincidence that it is Women’s History Month, I figured it was perfect timing to get you all riled up about women’s rights with some of my favorite feminist literature.
First and for most, Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti is an eye opener. She takes you on a wild ride as she explains how and why it’s important to be a feminist in today’s society. It is not one for the faint at heart as she gets down and dirty about why feminism is still important, and how we are all feminists and we just didn’t know it.
Next up is The Riot Grrrl Collection by Lisa Darms and Johanna Fateman. Riot Grrrl was and still is the beginners guide to the feminist movement, and its influence is not better captured than in these pages. It uses original zine covers and posters from the Riot Grrrl’s start in the late 1980s and 90s to set the scene, and then its content gets you hooked. It’s so inspiring you just might become addicted.
Take a look, I dare you.
Posted on March 10, 2014 I Blog post by Ali Petherbridge (student worker of the LIM College Library)