Whether you’re sitting on the beach or sitting in your room these books will get you thinking and keep you intrigued
The 10’s: Sugar in My Bowl: Real Women Write about Real Sex
Poet, novelist, and essayist, Erica Jong offers us a provocative collection of essays about sex from some of the most respected female authors writing today including Gail Collins, Eve Ensler, Daphne Merken, and Anne Roiphe, When it comes to sex, what do women want? Erica Jong reveals that every woman has her own answer.
The 00’s Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity
Whipping Girl tells the powerful story of a transsexual woman named, Julia Serano, She shares her experiences and observations — both pre- and post-transition — to reveal the ways in which fear, suspicion, and dismissiveness toward femininity shape our societal attitudes toward trans women, as well as gender and sexuality as a whole.
The 90’s: The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used against Women
Naomi Wolf discusses how the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society’s impossible definition of “the flawless beauty.” The tall, nearly emaciated mannequins make even the most confident woman question her appearance. Feminist Naomi Wolf argues that women’s insecurities are heightened by these images, then exploited by the diet, cosmetic, and plastic surgery industries.
The 80’s: Outrageous Acts & Everyday Rebellion
This book is Gloria Steinem’s diverse and timeless collection of essays, She covers a variety of subjects from her hilarious account of life as an overworked Playboy Bunny to the moving tribute to her mother.
The 70’s: The Female Eunuch
With punchy prose and all-too-true observations Germaine Greer examines the oppression of women in contemporary society. She shocked and raised eyebrows by stating that sexual liberation is the key to women’s liberation.
The 60’s: Diary of a Mad Housewife: A Novel
This classic women’s fiction, by Sue Kaufman,gave a wry voice to the growing feminist stirrings of the 1960s. When Bettina Balser begins to suspect that she is going mad, she starts a secret diary as a form of therapy and as an escape from the boredom and dissatisfaction she experiences as a 1960s housewife. Through her observations of herself and those around her, Bettina seeks to find meaning in her exceedingly dreary life.