Simply defined, Feminism refers to ideologies that attempt to define, establish, and defend equal political, economic, cultural, and social rights for women. However, putting these theories into practice reveals the complexity, frustrations and cross-purposes involved in having different perspectives on feminist thought. This conflict has led to in-fighting and factionalism for feminist groups.
A review of titles related to feminism in the Adrian G. Marcus Library mirrors both the complexity of the subject and its potential for dialogue. For example,
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Women's Guide to Why Feminism Matters,
“Feminism isn't dead. It just isn't very cool anymore.” Jessica Valenti examines the reluctance of many young people to identify as feminist. In this work, the noted writer and critic attempts to bridge the differences between second- and third-wave feminists.
Other notable titles addressing issues of third-wave feminism include:
Siegel, Deborah, 305.4209 SIE
Seely, Megan, 305.42 SEE
A more personal take on contemporary feminism can be found in these collections of essays-
Dunham, Lena, 791.45 DUN
Like her HBO show, “Girls”, Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl,” exemplifies the conflicts, confusions and exhilaration of contemporary feminism. Either “Loved or Hated,” or “Loved and Hated,” Dunham has written about a life spent embodying and sorting out the contradictions of being a “post-feminist” feminist.
Other feminist essays and memoirs include:
Gay, Roxane, 814.6 GAY
Gevinson, Tevi, 305.2352 GEV
Solnit, Rebecca, 305.42 SOL
These are a few of the library’s many books on feminism. If there are other titles that you want us to collect, let us know.
Posted on November 11, 2014 I Blog post by Lou Acierno, M.L.I.S. (Director of Library Services)