From my mailbox:
Hi! My step-sister’s 14th birthday is coming up and I’d really like to get her a feminism 101-ish book. She’s experiencing trouble at school (girl-hating, slut-shaming, sexism and pressure from boys, etc.) and I’d love for her to have feminism to turn to.
The only two feminist 101 books I know of are bell hook’s Feminism is for Everybody and Jessica Valenti’s Full Frontal Feminism. While the former is a little too advanced for my step-sister (she’s quite sheltered), even though it’s quite short and simplified for bell hooks, the latter is not very intersectional at all. Do you have any other recommendations?
It’d be great to find a book written with intersectionality in mind which contains info on slut-shaming, body positivity, abortion rights, internalised misogyny, etc., which is easy to understand and digest for young girls who aren’t educated about things like privilege and oppression and class, etc.
Something written by a woman of colour is preferred and, while this is not a necessity, it would be great if the author were British or Australian (to help with the context and language). Failing this, do you think it would be a good idea to get her both Valenti’s and hook’s books, and have her read FFF first and FifE after? Sorry for the long question…thanks a lot for your time! Take care.
We have an existing thread on Top 5 Introductory Texts, but I feel most books on that list don’t quite fit the bill for a 14 year old girl’s first book on feminism, especially with the requested combination of intersectionality and simplicity. Thoughts, dear readers?