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Feminism Book Recommendations? (Courses, Documentaries, Videos ...?)

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Any recommendations for the purposes of understanding feminism?
I'm aware of the book on Leo's book list and will use it as a launching point into understanding feminism.

 

@Emerald said some while ago:

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I recommend ALL the books by Jean Benedict Raffa. She has three of them and one in the works. She's my favorite. I also recommend "The Heroine's Journey" by Maureen Murdoch, "The Pregnant Darkness" by Monika Wikman, "Androgyny" by June Singer, and "Goddesses in Every Woman" by Jean Shinoda Bolen. I also recommend perusing the work of Carl Jung, whose theories form a large part of the basis of the ideas these books were written from. 

You might also try reading work from Merlin Stone, Marian Woodman, Robert Stanford, and others like that. Jean Raffa always has really good bibliographies of suggested literature in the backs of her books. 

 

@Etherial Cat tagging you here, because you had given a recommendation which I haven't saved.
(This thread got deleted once due to the database corruption where two days of forum posts were lost.)

 


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Oh yes. I recommend you Cassandra Speaks from Elizabeth Lesser.

There are some videos of her commenting her book on youtube, if you want to make an idea of what it is all about. Otherwise, it's also available on audible.


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3 hours ago, peqkno said:

Any recommendations for the purposes of understanding feminism?
I'm aware of the book on Leo's book list and will use it as a launching point into understanding feminism.

 

@Emerald said some while ago:

 

@Etherial Cat tagging you here, because you had given a recommendation which I haven't saved.
(This thread got deleted once due to the database corruption where two days of forum posts were lost.)

 

To understand modern Feminist philosophies, I recommend "Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape" by Jessica Valenti. 

It's a collection of essays. So, it will give you an idea of many different perspectives under the same umbrella of Feminism. 

When I read it a decade or so ago, it was my jumping off point into Feminism after being fairly anti-Feminist throughout my teen years. 

I found after a while that the Feminist material didn't quite go as deep as I was looking to go. That's when I found the authors I described above. They give a deeper, more Stage Yellow/Turquoise understanding of Feminism.

But if you want to understand Stage Green Feminism (which is arguably even more important than understanding Stage Yellow/Turquoise Feminism at the current juncture), then I recommend looking into "Yes Means Yes!"

 

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20 hours ago, Emerald said:

"Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape" by Jessica Valenti

Thanks.
The book, in case someone else here wants to read it: https://archive.org/details/yesmeansyes00frie/


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For classic works (I won't say that I'm that well read on feminist works): it's hard not to think of Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman" and its influence on the first wave.

For understanding the roots of second wave feminism, if you have the guts and desire to tackle a nearly 1000 page philosophical text, I would seriously recommend you find the translation that was published in 2009 by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. I've reviewed portions of that one; it's quite good. And noteworthily: this text had a pretty huge influence in Europe and especially in Anglo North America, but it was actually translated by a dude who was a zoologist and it's not very good, so quite a few of the original ideas were translated really.... simply. And not in a good way. I've read sections of both translations and the original French and I would say this is the case.

It's worth reading if you're into that kind of thing and historically you want to understand feminism as well. Even if just short sections of it.

More recently, I read "Men Explain Things to Me" by Rebecca Solnit not knowing what to expect; I had read that she had coined the term "mansplaining" and I remember when this term got speared pretty heavily on the internet 10+ years ago. People who criticized it were like: 4th wave feminists (I think we weren't calling ourselves this that at the time though) are complaining about frivolous shit again because they don't have any real problems to complain about anymore, though I guess she would be considered 3rd gen. I read it and thought to myself: the points that she was making are really not that controversial at all. This one is pretty short too.

@peqkno I'm going to check that one out, thanks!

 

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On 7/8/2021 at 9:29 AM, modmyth said:

For understanding the roots of second wave feminism, if you have the guts and desire to tackle a nearly 1000 page philosophical text, I would seriously recommend you find the translation that was published in 2009 by Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier.

https://archive.org/details/secondsex0000beau_b3k4/page/n835/mode/2up

Well, as this beast of a book is pretty available, I'll sure check out parts of it. Thanks.

 

Looks like all the others are easily available too:

On 7/8/2021 at 9:29 AM, modmyth said:

"Men Explain Things to Me" by Rebecca Solnit

https://archive.org/details/isbn_9781608464661

 

On 7/8/2021 at 9:29 AM, modmyth said:

Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman"

https://archive.org/details/vindicationofrig00woll_1

 

On 6/26/2021 at 11:00 PM, peqkno said:

books by Jean Benedict Raffa

https://archive.org/details/bridgetowholenes0000raff

 

On 6/26/2021 at 11:00 PM, peqkno said:

"The Heroine's Journey" by Maureen Murdoch

https://archive.org/details/heroinesjourney00murd

 

On 6/26/2021 at 11:00 PM, peqkno said:

"Androgyny" by June Singer

https://archive.org/details/androgynyopposit00sing

 

On 6/26/2021 at 11:00 PM, peqkno said:

"Goddesses in Every Woman" by Jean Shinoda Bolen

https://archive.org/details/goddessesinevery00jean
 

 

 

LOL. For anyone wanting to take on the challenge of actually understanding feminism... ^^^^there ya go. :P

 


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I think this may count.

Back in the 1930’s and 40’s there was a group of women artists and writers. Most who happened to be lesbian that we’re interested in the Work that Gurdjieff was teaching. One book called The Rope was specifically about this group which included Kathryn Hulme, Margarette Anderson, Georgette Leblanc, Solita Solano and others. 
Besides The Rope, Two books of Kathryn Hulme’s that I really enjoyed was The Nun’s Story and Undiscovered Country.

https://www.gurdjieff.org/rope.htm


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On 09.07.2021 at 8:10 PM, peqkno said:

https://archive.org/details/secondsex0000beau_b3k4/page/n835/mode/2up

Well, as this beast of a book is pretty available, I'll sure check out parts of it. Thanks.

 

Looks like all the others are easily available too:

https://archive.org/details/isbn_9781608464661

 

https://archive.org/details/vindicationofrig00woll_1

 

https://archive.org/details/bridgetowholenes0000raff

 

https://archive.org/details/heroinesjourney00murd

 

https://archive.org/details/androgynyopposit00sing

 

https://archive.org/details/goddessesinevery00jean
 

 

 

LOL. For anyone wanting to take on the challenge of actually understanding feminism... ^^^^there ya go. :P

 

Much of this did not come across. The selection is good, thanks!

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Good books, thanks for the recommendations
 

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Simone De Bouiver - The Second Sex

Angela Davis - Women, Race and Class

Judith Butler - Gender Trouble

Men Explain Things To Me - Rebecca Solnit

Aint I A Woman - bell hooks

Delusions Of Gender - Cordelia Fine

Whipping Girl - Julia Serano

Backlash - Susan Faludi

Susan Brownmiller - Against Our Will

Everyday Sexism - Laura Bates

Betty Friedan - The Feminine Mystique

Sexual Politics - Kate Millet

Naomi Wolf - The Beauty Myth

Shulamith Firestone - Dialectic Of Sex

Sister, Outsider - Audre Lorde

 

These are all the "classics" I havent read all of them, the ones in bold are keytexts. 

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