Winter intercession will be here in thirteen days -yes thirteen!- and then you’ll have over a month to take a breather from school. So, since you’ll have all that extra time on your hands why not check out one of the following reads on feminism in today’s society.
He’s A Stud, She’s A Slut by Jessica Valenti
This book is devoted to exploring the double standard’s that exist in today’s society. Examples include he’s tough, but she’s a tomboy; he’s a bachelor, she’s a spinster; he’s angry, she’s PMSing; he’s the boss, she’s a bitch. Valenti who is also Executive Editor of the blog site Feministing.com lets all hell fly loose when criticizing these ideals. You don’t have to read the book front to back, but rather just flip to the chapter of your choice. Each chapter ends with a “So, what to do?” section that gives the blunt truth of combating double standards.
The Rise of Enlightened Sexism: How Pop Culture Took Us From Girl Power to Girls Gone Wild by Susan J. Douglas
If you’re into examining how current media has shaped today’s culture and specifically the messages women receive. The book digs into how television programs, popular songs, movies, and news coverage have helped shaped the western culture’s perception of women, especially of those born in the 1990’s and early 2000’s.
Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman & Jessica Valenti
Yes, another by Jessica Valenti but this one takes on issues surrounding America’s rape culture. It explores the factors linked to rape and explores how race, sex, class, culture and gender backgrounds intertwine with the topic. Overall, raises questions on many issues usually not in mainstream discussions; a great read for empowering women to take charge of their sexuality