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Feminist books that have influenced my understanding of the world: Part I

March 9, 2023

Last year during Black History month, I made three posts about books dealing with the Black Freedom Struggle that influenced how I saw the world. Now that we are in Women’s History Month, I want to do the same thing in regards to books by women, particularly feminists that influenced my understanding of the world.

I say feminist writers, as Women’s History month has evolved to the point where it is centered on identity politics, rather than the being rooted in the origins of International Women’s Day or the feminist values.

The books in Part I are books that I read in the 80s and early 90s that challenged my understanding of myself and the world around me. 

Women, Race & Class, by Angela Davis 

Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism, by Mary Daly 

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism, by bell hooks 

Patriarchy: Notes of an Expert Witness, by Phyllis Chesler

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, by Susan Faludi 

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, by bell hooks

Woman Hating, by Andrea Dworkin 

The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future, by Riane Eisler 

Women Respond to the Men’s Movement: A Feminist Collection, Edited by Kay Leigh Hagan 

Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics, by Cynthia Enloe 

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