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I had never read any feminist books until a couple of days ago when i started reading The Female Eunach by Germaine Greer. It has sent me into a bit a spin as it seems to have done for many other women. I was wondering what other feminist books you have enjoyed and could recommend to budding bra burners!
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(Original post by toni997)
I had never read any feminist books until a couple of days ago when i started reading The Female Eunach by Germaine Greer. It has sent me into a bit a spin as it seems to have done for many other women. I was wondering what other feminist books you have enjoyed and could recommend to budding bra burners!
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf is essential reading!

Betty Friedan also - the godmother of feminism
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Vera Brittain - Testament of Youth

And most things by Virginia Woolf.
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The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollestonecraft
Declaration of the Rights of Women by Olympe De Gouges
Frankenstein (depends on how you read it) by Mary Shelley
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Some would argue that 'Jane Eyre' would be a feminist classic. Doesn't seem like it, in my opinion...
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Just finsihed Jane Eyre. More of a sympathy for the women book then a feminist book
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i have read pride and prejudice,
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I like Pride and Prejudice but Sense and Sensibility one the whole was better
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Something more contemporary- Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.
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(Original post by **noooni**)
Something more contemporary- Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.
Definately a good book
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Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
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(Original post by **noooni**)
Something more contemporary- Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood.
(Original post by tomtheone)
Definately a good book
I really wanna read that. We did a chapter at A-level and I wanted to read it then but for some reason i didn't
*makes note to read it after the other 3 books in my "to read" pile*
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The Female Eunuch- Germaine Greer
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'The Yellow Wallpaper' - Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Studying it for A-Level may have jaded me to it slightly, but it's still worth a look.
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'The Yellow Wallpaper' - Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Studying it for A-Level may have jaded me to it slightly, but it's still worth a look.
OMG that was on my English A level paper - the A2 one that you get like 3 days before the exam (horrible paper - they give you about 8 extracts, poems, articles etc, with a connecting theme, and expect you to know them inside out and back-to-front within 3 days!) Anyways, the point is, its a really strange book, but in a good way.
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it's important to remember that feminism is also a criticism which can be applied to a text rather than being something which we read from texts, as if it were an inherent property of certain texts.
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WTF the female eunuch was an awful read for me, it was completely outdated not to mentioned badly written. Read the whole woman (by Greer) instead, no promises though as I read that when I was a lot younger, but its a very very popular book.

Also see this guide:

http://www.thefword.org.uk/reviews/2...nist_mustreads

Have fun.
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I loved the Female Eunuch. It took me a while to read the Second Sex, by Simone de Beauvoir, because it was quite long winded etc. I liked it, but I love the way that Germaine Greer really engages the reader with her almost informal way of writing. She is funny and intelligent and I think the book is fantastic. It really aided my understanding of feminism. I would now describe myself as a feminist, whereas before I couldn't have understood the concept as well.

The Vindication of the Rights of Women was good as well, I really liked it. Has anyone else seen that Melyvn Bragg book, about 12 books that changed the world? The Vindication... is in it, i had a quick flick through it in a bookshop but didn't buy it because the rest of the book is about football and stuff.

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The Handmaid's Tale
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(Original post by meluvjohnnydepp)
OMG that was on my English A level paper - the A2 one that you get like 3 days before the exam (horrible paper - they give you about 8 extracts, poems, articles etc, with a connecting theme, and expect you to know them inside out and back-to-front within 3 days!) Anyways, the point is, its a really strange book, but in a good way.
Ah yes, the wonderful synoptic paper. I have that to look forward to in the summer
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'The Yellow Wallpaper' seems a bit on the lengthy side for that paper, the longest pieces I've seen have been about 3/4 sides maximum. I pity you having to digest all that!
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