Feminism

Your Skirt’s Too Short

Emily Maguire


gender
non-fiction

I Am Malala

Malala Yousafzai


education
memoir
Pakistani

We Are the Rebels

Clare Wright


Australian history
non-fiction

Wildlife

Fiona Wood


fiction
young adult

Shrill

Lindy West


body positivity
comedy
memoir
pop culture

No to Feminism

Rebecca Shaw


feminism
satire

Not Just Lucky

Jamila Rizvi


careers
non-fiction

I Call Myself a Feminist: The View from Twenty-Five Women Under Thirty

ed. Victoria Pepe et al


feminism
memoir
non-fiction

An Isolated Incident

Emily Maguire


crime
fiction

Yassmin’s Story

Yassmin Abdel-Magied


memoir
Muslim Australian

No Way! Okay, Fine.

Brodie Lancaster


body positivity
memoir
pop culture

One True Thing

Nicole Hayes


fiction
online culture
politics
young adult

Do we still need feminism? Who is feminism for? Does feminism have the ability to foster real and necessary change for women and others experiencing disadvantage, and the potential to create a fairer world?

These texts look at the place of feminism in the modern world as it relates to identity, sexuality, careers, relationships and more. From books exploring the basic principles of feminism to those imagining feminist futures in fiction, these works offer an alternative to the gender stereotypes that too often shape our choices and dominate our day-to-day lives.

Resources

  • Everyday feminism
    Intersectional feminism for your everyday life
  • Feminartsy
    An online feminist literature and arts journal, showcasing some of the best writing and art talent in Australia and beyond
  • Feministing
    An online community run by and for young feminists
  • Fitzroy High School Feminist Collective
    Resources for young feminists by young feminists
  • Hot Chicks With Big Brains
    Challenging the way women are pigeonholed, speaking with women about work, and interrogating the way women feel about themselves
  • Lip Magazine
    An independent magazine for young women that provides intelligent, thoughtful content for our equally intelligent and thoughtful readers
  • Rosie Respect
    Helping girls navigate life and the web

Thinking Points

  • How would you have defined feminism before reading any of the texts on the list?
  • How do the texts you read explore feminism?
  • Did your understanding of feminism change during your reading?
  • Who is feminism for? Is it relevant to you?
  • For the women in the texts you read, how does feminism make an impact on their lives? Is it a positive or negative impact?
  • Would you say these texts are important only for girls and women? What might boys or men learn from reading them?
  • Is the feminism in these texts inclusive or exclusive? Do the ideas relate to boys and non-binary people or only to women? Do they take into account class and race?
  • What stereotypes do you recognise in these texts? How are they dealt with in the story?
  • How do characters’ understanding of gender stereotypes develop and evolve over time?
  • Does the writer speak about or demonstrate that their awareness around gender has shifted over time? How is this explored in the text? How do the characters develop their understanding of gender and stereotypes? Has your own understanding of gender and feminism shifted over time?
  • Whose voices are privileged or taken more seriously in the books you read from the list? How does this interact with your understanding or experience of gender? Were particular stories or stereotypes reinforced more than once in the texts you read?
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