In honour of International Women’s Day I’ve resurrected (and added to) my list of the kick ass books I wish were available to me in high school, but luckily found in my twenties. These are books that need to be read by anyone who has ever thought that the fight for women's rights is over.
“... The hope I have for women: that we can start to see ourselves — and encourage men to see us — as more than just the sum of our sexual parts: not as virgins or whores, as mothers or girlfriends, or as existing only in relation to men, but as people with independent desires, hopes and abilities. But I know that this can't happen as long as American culture continues to inundate us with gender-role messages that place everyone-men and women-in an unnatural hierarchical order that's impossible to maintain without strife. For women to move forward, and for men to break free, we need to overcome the masculinity status quo-together.” — Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body, by Courtney E. Martin
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, by Jessica Valenti
He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut and 49 Other Double Standards Everyone Should Know, by Jessica Valenti
Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape, by Jessica Valenti
The Purity Myth: How America’s Obsession with Virginity Is Hurting Young Women, by Jessica Valenti
She’s Shameless: Women Write about Growing Up, Rocking Out and Fighting Back, edited by Megan Griffith-Greene and Stacey May Fowles
Girldrive — Criss-crossing America, Redefining Feminism, by Nona Willis Aronowitz, Emma Bee Bernstein
Feminism for Real, by Jessica Yee
What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl's Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety by Jaclyn Friedman (Full disclosure: I just started reading this one last night, but so far it’s fantastic! And it has quizzes. Who doesn’t love a book with quizzes?