Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 10/19/2011

What Are Your Favorite Feminist Resources?

So, as I have mentioned before, I’m writing a book and I want to include the FBomb community in any way I can in accomplishing that task. In fact, you guys already helped me title it and everything.

Well, GOOD NEWS! I found another way to involve everybody. I want to include a “resources” page at the end of the book, in order to direct readers who are new to the feminist movement towards great feminist books, blogs, organizations, movies etc. so that they can further their feminist immersion. And who better to ask about sources of great feminist enlightenment than the readers of the FBomb?!

I’ve already thought of a few, so I’ll kick it off with a few examples:

Full Frontal Feminism (book)

I’ll be honest: I’ve basically pulled out all the stops except writing epic poetry about FFF to demonstrate my love for it. But I have done so with good reason – it’s a great book to hand to people who have just had their feminist click moment, or who might be on the verge of it. Yes, it might have it’s issues (namely, the thin, white woman’s torso on the cover) but overall it’s an awesome read that covers the feminist viewpoint on topics like reproductive rights, pop-culture, violence, education, relationships and more. Definitely an essential first read for feminist newbies. And Jessica Valenti (the author) is a total badass.

Feminist.com (blog/website)

I mean, yeah. It’s called Feminist.com. That alone makes it a pretty obvious choice as far as introductory resources for the feminist movement goes. But honestly, it’s got some amazing resources. I remember first using it as a source for statistics (which they have plenty of) to use for countering sexist assholes’ arguments that we don’t need feminism anymore. They also have a whole array of columns written by prominent feminist voices (Ask Amy is my favorite. I adore Amy Richards). They also have a whole section where you can find out about feminist events, and turn that feminist theory into action. All in all, definitely worth a visit.

The White House Project (organization)

You may remember a while back I posted an interview with Marie C. Wilson who is the president of the White House Project. That interview is definitely worth a read, because she’s awesome, but let’s focus on her organization. The White House Project’s mission is “to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors, up to the U.S. presidency” because when you add women, “you get a nation that responds to challenges by drawing on the strength and wisdom of all its people, women and men.” Especially if you’re interested in politics – or even if you’re just disgusted by the media coverage of female political candidates or the puny numbers of female political candidates in general – this organization is definitely worth checking out.

Okay, now it’s your turn! Please feel free to list your favorite feminist resources in the comments. Literally anything (any type of media, any organization) is fair game.

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  • Zoe @ at 1:13 pm, October 19th, 2011

    Websites: Feministing, Feministe

    Books: Click! When We Knew We Were Feminists, Cunt, The Body Project, It’s a Jungle Out There!, Feminist Theory by bell hooks, Female Chauvinist Pigs, The Purity Myth, He’s a Stud She’s a Slut, The Beauty Myth, The Vagina Monologues, Manifesta: Young Women Feminism and the Future, Reviving Ophelia

    So many good choices out there!

  • Talia bat Pessi @ at 1:25 pm, October 19th, 2011

    Honestly, I really hated Full Frontal Feminism, but different strokes for different folks.

    Feminist sites: Ms. Mag blog, Adios Barbie, Feminists for Choice, gURL, chicktionary

    Feminist books: A Room of One’s Own, The Feminine Mystique

    Important phone numbers like the National Domestic Violence Hotline and RAINN too.

  • Laura M @ at 5:35 pm, October 19th, 2011

    A really good feminist fictional book is Good Girls by Laura Ruby. It’s brilliant!

    An obvious blog/website one is definitely Rookie mag, which is easily the best website ever.

  • Janet Planet @ at 7:05 pm, October 19th, 2011

    http://www.feministfrequency.com is an absolute favorite these days! Their YouTube Channel is a must see for every feminist. Hilarious and smart. Nothing beats that :) The Tropes vs. Women videos are great.

    Ms. Magazine I like too. Oh and http://www.feministfatale.com and http://www.about-face.org

    I didn’t like Full Frontal Feminism either.. I found it a bit dumbed down.

  • Vanessa M @ at 1:39 pm, October 20th, 2011

    Ten Lies The Church Tells Women by J.Lee Grady. He supports feminism (of course, we’re not talking about man-hating sexists here), doesn’t support abortion (not the one that saves women’s lives, but the ones that some women do even though they have a healthy pregnancy for some reasons.).

    Great for the Christian feminists out there.

  • Emma E @ at 3:30 pm, October 20th, 2011

    Websites: I’m really, really obsessed with Ms. Magazine Blog. Bitch mag blog, Feministing, Jezebel (my other favorite).

    Books: I haven’t read that many, but: He’s a stud, she’s a slut, and also Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (it’s fiction, but it’s very obviously feminist, and it’s kind of like feminism for people who don’t understand/know much about feminism, which was what I was when I read it.

    That’s pretty much it, I think.

  • Kathy A. @ at 8:05 pm, October 20th, 2011

    Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglass and Where the Girls Are. She’s a great feminist writer. Also shout out to Zoe who recommended Female Chauvinist Pig. That was the first feminist book I read.

  • Martyne @ at 12:56 pm, October 21st, 2011

    I am a Teenage Feminist is a good blog.

  • Chelsea @ at 8:07 pm, October 21st, 2011



  • Laura C. @ at 4:05 pm, October 22nd, 2011

    I love BUST magazine! First magazine in my life I could relate to. I never related to beauty or “girly” magazines because I felt I was being “dumbed down”.

  • Julie Z @ at 9:48 pm, October 23rd, 2011

    Thanks everybody these are all great!

  • Hayley @ at 1:44 pm, October 26th, 2011

    websites- The F Word
    Bad Reputation
    UK Feminista
    books- how to be a woman by Caitlin Moran, Reclaiming the F Word by Catherine Redfern

  • Lois Danks @ at 4:10 pm, October 26th, 2011

    Radical Women -a socialist feminist organization with chapters in most major cities in U.S.
    Also Red Letter Press has many books and pamphlets on feminism, including the Radical Women Manifesto, and Socialist Feminism: The First Decade.

  • Alexa @ at 10:56 pm, October 26th, 2011

    Click by Courtney E. Martin and J. Courtney Sullivan
    Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters by Courtney E. Martin
    Manifesta by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner
    The Body Project by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
    Ophelia Speaks by Sara Shandler
    Female Chauvinist Pigs by Ariel Levy

    Nellie McKay
    Ani DiFranco

    Really, just Sarah Haskins. (She’s so cool.)

    New Moon Girl Media

    New Moon Girl Media http://www.newmoon.com
    About-Face about-face.org/blog

    Good luck, Julie!

  • Alexa @ at 10:57 pm, October 26th, 2011

    Emma E- oh my gosh, I love Beauty Queens.

  • Anna @ at 7:09 pm, October 29th, 2011

    Listen to Crass! Changed my life.
    Especially the record Penis Envy

  • James K. Lewis @ at 10:53 am, November 4th, 2011

    Another website: http://finallyfeminism101.wordpress.com/

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