As I mentioned last week, I want to start reading more. As I’m not that into fiction, I’ve been reading memoirs, autobiographies or essay-heavy books instead. I’m always looking at list-style articles full of books “every woman needs to read” and I figured it’s about time I start reading them, as well as other feminist literature.
Welcome to my Feminist Book Club.
Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to acquire a kindle. No, a company didn’t send it to me. My dad was bought one years ago for his birthday but he’s never really used it. I think he prefers the feel of a book and when he’s after the kindle, he opts for the app instead.
So I acquired a Kindle and I couldn’t be happier, just the tool I need in this mission to read more! As I got the Kindle half-way through the month, I couldn’t splurge on feminist literature like I wanted to. Instead, I downloaded all the cheap or free feminist finds. All the Rebel Women: The rise of the fourth wave of feminism (Guardian Shorts) being one of them.
All the Rebel Women is about, you guessed it, feminism. It covers different issues within modern feminism and explores how far we have come over the past century – as well as how far we still have to go.
I read this book when the viral madness I experienced was coming to end. I was feeling disheartened by trolls and had this really negative, “why do I bother?” attitude that I needed to budge. Thank god, I read this book. All the Rebel Women was the reality check and reminder I needed.
In six bitesize chapters, the Guardian Shorts book covers a range of topics from rape culture, humour and reasons behind online campaigns such as #everydaysexism and #nomorepage3. The book is presented as a collection of stories and anecdotes but really, it’s a brilliant introduction to feminism with a pithy summary of some of its most recent movements. Cochrane does an excellent job in covering different viewpoints and representing different voices.
Overall, it’s an easy and informative read. Not only was it a reminder that I’m a very fortunate in comparison to some, it made me remember exactly why I’m a feminist. It made me angry on my commute into work (it’s never too early!) and will definitely get you all riled up. I think absolutely everybody should read this book. It should be added to reading lists, curriculums and so on.
★★★★★ – I would highly recommend you throw this book into the lap of anybody who thinks we don’t need feminism.
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