STUFF WE LIKE

RiotGrrrlHere we’ve collected a list of feminist websites, blogs, campaigns and books that you may find informative and/or entertaining, just in case this blog isn’t enough for you (greedy guts).

Blogs and E-Mags

http://vagendamagazine.com  – Online magazine that reviews the media from a feminist angle. It’s no longer updating but as an archive, it’s a great read.

http://jezebel.com  – Feminist “women’s interest” blog – celebrities, sex, fashion

http://bitchmagazine.org  – Online  feminist pop culture magazine

http://feministing.com  – Young feminists blog

www.rookiemag.com  – Online feminist alternative to teenage magazines

www.thefword.org.uk  – British feminist website

http://mytightswontstayup.com/ – Lifestyle blog for feminists who don’t relate to mainstream women’s magazines. ‘The Week in Sexist News’ should not be missed

Campaigns, Activist Groups and Charities

http://www.fourthwave.co.uk/ – Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists, an intersectional feminist group based in the capital

http://www.5050parliament.co.uk/ – Campaign for equal representation in the UK government

http://www.fawcettsociety.org.uk/ – The UK’s leading charity promoting gender equality and women’s rights at work, at home and in public life

https://www.fistulafoundation.org/ – Charity  dedicated to ending the suffering caused by the childbirth injury of obstetric fistula.

http://www.womensaid.org.uk/ – Key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children.

http://everydaysexism.com/ – Catalogues instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis.

https://www.abortionsupport.org.uk/ – Provides financial assistance and accommodation to women travelling from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland to England in order to have safe, legal abortions.

http://www.advanceadvocacyproject.org.uk – Independent domestic violence advocacy service, specialising in supporting women through the criminal justice service

http://www.lawrs.org.uk/ – The only Latin American domestic violence charity in the UK.  They are a human rights based organisation which supports the immediate and long term needs of Latin American women migrants in the UK.

http://ikwro.org.uk – IKWRO’s  (the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation) mission is to protect Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence and to promote their rights.

http://www.rosauk.org/about/ – Rosa is a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK.

Books

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1963) – semi-autobiographical account of a young woman’s battle with mental illness and patriarchal oppression.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf (1929) – essay on women and literature, with emphasis on how women can succeed within literature despite the field being widely patriarchal.

My Own Story by Emmeline Pankhurst (1914) – a surprisingly accessible and very moving autobiography from the leader of the Suffragette movement, detailing her struggle in the quest for suffrage.

Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks (2000) –  a short, accessible introduction to feminist theory by one of its liveliest and most influential practitioners. Designed to be read by all genders.

A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft (1792) – one of the earliest essays on feminism arguing for equal rights for women.

Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel – collection of essays on women throughout history who have used their sexuality in exchange for power.

The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women by Naomi Wolf (1990) – feminist criticism of  the emphasis on, and expected adherence to, beauty standards for women.

Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine (2010) – separates fact from fiction in the science regarding ‘male’ and ‘female’ brains. An essential read for people interested in gender roles and fairly accessible, even for the science-phobic.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1985) – dystopian novel exploring what would happen if a fundamentalist Christian group took over America. Terrifying and excellent.

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran (2011) – an incredibly funny, modern classic, Moran’s book is part-autobiography and part-feminist manifesto. A good introduction for the new feminist.

Living Dolls: the return of sexism by Natasha Walter (2011) – recently re-released, the book explores ‘exploitation as empowerment’, the rise of pornography and the ‘pinkification’ of girlhood.

Radical Feminism by Finn Mackay (2015) – a modern guide to radical feminism. Mackay defends the movement against its critics.

Full Frontal Feminism: a young woman’s guide to why feminism matters by Jessica Valenti (2007) – a smart and relatable guide to the issues that matter to today’s young women.

Fifty Shades of Feminism by Lisa Appignanesi, Susie Orbach and Rachel Holmes (2013) – fifty females give their take on what being a woman means to them today and discuss the feminists that inspired them.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (2014) – a collection of essays on sexism, race and the media, amongst other topics. Gay offers her own brand of intersectional, inclusive and often funny feminism.

Events

Feminist Solidarity Fest (London) – an annual festival ran by Fourth Wave: London Feminist Activists. It’s intersectional, it runs all day, it includes music, speakers and poetry, and it’s free! Bloody brilliant.

Calm Down, Dear (London) – an annual festival of feminist theatre ran by Camden People’s Theatre. The shows are always high quality and previous years have included legends like Bridget Christie.

 

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