My name is Viktorija and I'm a feminist. I believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. I'm very outspoken about my opinions and don't shy away from talking to people who don't believe in feminism, women who think they aren't feminists (or that it doesn't benefit them) or that this equality thing went too far. One of my favourite things is talking feminism with my friends, it's SUCH an empowering thing. And this list and idea started after one of those talks, when I really wanted to share more about the subject I'm super passionate about and just spread love and feminist agenda.
I love listening to feminist podcasts, watching TED talks, following badass women online but I am still very much hungry for more. I'm hungry for more information, critical thinking, for more tools to deconstruct social and patriarchal norms in my head which are so deeply planted it takes SO MUCH work to unravel them.
I often feel deflated about the world and that I can’t change much. But learning more gives me confidence to take more space, to be more outspoken, to be unapologetically myself and to love myself just the way I am now and not thinner, better cook or more gentle more ladylike. And all those small things are acts of resistance, loving yourself is an act of resistance.
Feminism gave me the tools to allow myself to be true to my complicated multidimensional self, to be loud, sweary, wide, opinionated and all while wearing frilly jumpsuits, shiny earrings and fabulous lipsticks. Because that’s the kind of woman and that’s the kind of feminist I am.
I have not read all of the books on the list but I'm getting through them and with every single page I'm learning something new, I'm becoming a better person, I understand the world around me better, where I stand as a woman and who I am. Often it makes me furious, it breaks my heart but it allows me to interact with the world around me in a different way. Having the language and critical thinking to express things is a powerful tool. It makes me feel confident, it gives me permission to call out bullshit and articulate my thoughts and it feels liberating.
I want this list to be something you can share with people around YOU, I would love you to add your recommendations in the comments and I'll add them to the list.
Because I'm really into pushing Feminist Agenda this illustration is available as a print. It comes with a printed list of books (and some space for you to add your own), works as a perfect addition to a feminist book. 📚
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit
The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Feminism is for Everybody Bell Hooks
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo
A Room of One's Own By Virginia Woolf
The Sex Myth by Dr Brooke Magnanti
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Prrofessor Mary Beard
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Musco
Young women, feminism & the Future by Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards
Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers by The Guerrilla Girls
Are Men Necessary by Maureen Dowd
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter
Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Lean Out by Dawn Foster
Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed
Women Who Run With The Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body by Sara Pascoe
100 Nasty Women of History: Brilliant, badass and completely fearless women everyone should know
The Descent of Many by Grayson Perry
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Special thank you for Genna for helping to start the list.