So what did I read?
I haven’t read this much since I was studying literature! Over four weeks exactly I managed to make my way through:
- The Handmaid’s Tale
- Stay With Me
- The Bloody Chamber
- Ms Marvel
- Bad Girls Throughout History
- Bad Feminist
- On Beauty
- You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain
- Feminism is for Everybody
I also had a wonderfully diverse range of authors, including women of colour and those who identify as LGBTQ+. The books explored feminism from these diverse perspectives, pushing me to see views outside of my own.
What did I learn?
I learnt so much this month. The issues covered were as diverse as motherhood, abortion, women’s representation, race, religion, class and sexuality.
Thanks to Phoebe Robinson I learnt how much politics is embedded in black women’s hair. Roxane Gay showed me the importance of language in both patriarchal oppression and feminism. Zadie Smith made me think about the beauty standards I still internalise, despite my intellectual position on these issues. Ann Shen gave me the women’s history lesson I never knew I needed.
I have a new feminist hero in Kamala Khan. I am inspired by how we can rethink women in fairytales and female sexuality thanks to The Bloody Chamber. Atwood and Adebayo both had me in tears with their explorations of female identity in relation to motherhood and the value society places on this.
All in all I have an awful lot to think about thanks to this challenge. I’m so glad I got to read these books and decided to do this challenge. I am keen to make this something I do regularly, and so I hope continue this challenge next Feb!
I also want to say thanks to those who got on board and also completed the challenge, it was great to see people so interested in what I’ve been doing!