Books I Read By Women

I'm interested in books by men, too. But first I have to get through all these bad-ass books by women.

vidacount:

“Every woman knows the word slut has power. Whether you love it or hate it, the word “slut” is an evocation of a gender double standard used to control women and no woman alive hasn’t thought about what it means to be labeled in this way. In some cultures, where honor killings take place, it is a matter of life or death.
If you’re a “good” woman, don’t kid yourself. It means you’ve spent your life and will continue to spend your life calibrating your appearance, speech and behaviour so that you are not a slut. By not acknowledging how the word is used you are embracing its power over you and other girls and women. And you will pass that corrupt and misguided abuse of power on to your daughters and mine. That’s because you know, deep down, that at any point that word can be used against you. Every woman is a slut waiting to happen. Women who abhor the word, find it vulgar, and fear it, the ones who slut-shame others, gain a little bit of power by participating in a system that denigrates them.
Other women, and their male allies, reject the power of the word and the social structures that perpetuate its harm. These women and men know it for what it is - a word used to control women and their bodies, and it is useless as a weapon against them.”

— Soraya Chemaly, The Slut Manifesto (via approximation)

diannadianna:

Hey y’all! More work from the graphic novel project (which will likely get done when I’m 40).

This is a future (graphic) book-by-a-woman that I can’t wait to read. I know it’ll happen for Dianna— I had no idea she was such a talented graphic artist! I have had the most inspiring, artistic, intelligent students, whose journeys and contributions are going to be (are already) powerful. Diana came up to me at Mid-Summer Mardi Gras a few weeks ago and said the nicest things about my creative writing class, which was really sweet of her. But I think I have even more awe for my students, their experiences, their lives, and their art.

diannadianna:

Hey y’all! More work from the graphic novel project (which will likely get done when I’m 40).

This is a future (graphic) book-by-a-woman that I can’t wait to read. I know it’ll happen for Dianna— I had no idea she was such a talented graphic artist! I have had the most inspiring, artistic, intelligent students, whose journeys and contributions are going to be (are already) powerful. Diana came up to me at Mid-Summer Mardi Gras a few weeks ago and said the nicest things about my creative writing class, which was really sweet of her. But I think I have even more awe for my students, their experiences, their lives, and their art.

Roxane Gay, bad feminist and proud of it

thefeministpress:

(Source: ethiopienne)