Feminist Reading List

Are you wanting to brush up on your feminist knowledge? Looking for some suggestions about who to read for a feminist analysis of marriage? Or maybe, you’re just looking for some feministy fiction! Look no further than the following UQU WC picks for feminist reading, grouped by category:

First Wave

  • Virginia Woolf – A Room of One’s Own
  • Mary Woollstonecraft – A Vindiction of the Rights of Woman

Second Wave

  • Simone de Beauvoir  – The Second Sex
  • Susan Brownmiller – Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape
  • Andrea Dworkin – Pornography: Men Possessing Women
  • Susan Faludi – Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women
  • Marilyn French – The Women’s Room
  • Betty Friedan – The Feminine Mystique
  • Germaine Greer – The Female Eunuch
  • Kate Millett – Sexual Politics

Third Wave

  • Bell Hooks – Feminist Theory: From Margin to Centre
  • Caitlin Moran – How to be a Woman
  • Catherine Redfern and Kristen Aune – Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement
  • Anne Summers – The End of Equality: Work, Babies and Women’s Choices in 21st Century Australia
  • Jessica Valenti – Full Frontal Feminism; The Purity Myth
  • Naomi Wolf – The Beauty Myth


  • Carol Adams – The Sexual Politcs of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory; The Pornography of Meat; Neither Man nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals; Sister Species
  • Greta Gaard – Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature

Feminism and Race

  • Bell Hooks – Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism


  • Natalie Angier – Woman: An Intimate Geography

Feminism and Capitalism

  • Lindsey German – Sex, class and socialism
  • Laurie Penny – Meat Market: Female Flesh Under Capitalism

Feminist Take on Marriage

  • Carole Pateman – The Sexual Contract

Feminism and Language

  • Elizabeth Mapstone – War of Words
  • Sara Mills and Louise Mullany – Language, Gender and Feminism
  • Dale Spender – Man Made Language

Feminism and Law

  • Martha Minow – Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion and American Law
  • Nicola Lacey – Unspeakable Subjects: Feminist Essays in Legal and Social Theory

Pop Culture

  • Ariel Levy – Female Chauvinist Pigs
  • Natasha Walter – Living Dolls
  • Andi Zeisler (one of the founders of Bitch magazine) – Feminism and Pop Culture

Sex, Sexuality and Dating

  • Jaclyn Friedman – What You Really Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety
  • Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti – Yes Means Yes! Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape
  • Samhita Mukhopadhyay (of Feministing.com fame) – Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life
  • Inga Muscio – Cunt: A Declaration of Independence

…And Beyond

  • Annie Liebovitz and Susan Sontag – Women
  • Nina Power – One Dimensional Woman


  • Margaret Atwood – The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Toni Morrison – Beloved
  • Laurie Halse-Anderson – Speak
  • Erica Jong – Fear of Flying
  • Sylvia Plath – The Bell Jar
  • Sheri Tepper – The Gate to Women’s Country
  • Alice Walker – The Color Purple
  • Virginia Woolf – Orlando, Mrs Dalloway


  • Alison Bechdel – Fun HomeAre You My Mother?
  • Tina Fey – Bossypants

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