9 Books for the Modern Feminist That You’ll Buy But Won’t Actually Read

Being a feminist is hard work, but making sure everyone knows you’re a feminist is even harder. There are a few books that are mandatory for every modern day feminist to own. And yeah, they’ll just sit on your bedside table, gathering dust, while you binge watch eight different Netflix shows. But it’s important for you to own these nine books so everyone is aware of how #woke you truly are.

 

What Happened by Hillary Clinton

You won’t actually read this to find out what did happen, but you gotta support your forever president. And that picture of Hill on the back living her best life still makes you sob uncontrollably.

 

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You know that Beyonce used the Ted Talk version of this in “Flawless” so you can quote that specific part of this essay like nobody’s business. But actually reading it would take too much time, so just by the little booklet and throw it on top of your other feminist reads.

 

Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks

You had a friend tell you once that you had to read this one. So buy it, send her a pic, and tell her you can’t wait to get started. When she texts you two weeks later asking how it was, just text “AMAZING.”

 

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

You were supposed to read this one in 10th grade English but you didn’t. But you’re pretty sure Sylvia Plath is a feminist or something, so throw it on the pile!

 

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

The aesthetics of the book cover go really well with everything else in your apartment and the title of this book has “feminist” in it. And “bad feminist” is kind of fun because like, even you can be bad sometimes.

 

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Another book with great cover aesthetics. Also men explain so many things to you and it makes you so mad, so this is definitely a book you can relate to, even if you just relate to the front cover and don’t actually find out what’s inside.

 

Women, Race, and Class by Angela Davis

You know Angela Davis is a feminist icon and you heard her speak at the Women’s March so you know she’s definitely an author you need somewhere in your collection. Also, you are an intersectional feminist and this one has “race” in the title so everyone knows you are aware of your intersectionality.

 

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Fun Home is a Broadway musical! And you love musicals! Also, you’ve heard of the Bechdel Test even though you don’t know what it is but that CAN’T be a coincidence, right? Anyway, Fun Home isn’t so much of a book as it is a graphic novel, so maybe you’ll flip through this one and look at the pictures.

 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

You watched the Hulu show, isn’t that close enough?

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