Want to Read: Girls Rule/Feminism

Posted March 9, 2018 by shooting in Discussion / 31 Comments

Here’s another addition of my Want to Read series. This time around, I only have two books, but mostly because I’m focusing on 2018 books. There are definitely more Girls Rule and Feminist books that have come out in the past that I hope to read. If you have any other recommendations, please let me know! I hope to share some reviews of the books I already own this month in honor of Women’s History Month.

Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship by Kayleen Schaefer

Out Now!

Goodreads Summary (add the book): A personal and sociological examination–and ultimately a celebration–of the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society

“Text me when you get home.” After joyful nights out together, female friends say this to one another as a way of cementing their love. It’s about safety; but more than that, it’s about solidarity.

From Broad City to Big Little Lies to what women say about their own best friends, the stories we’re telling about female friendship have changed. What used to be written off as infighting between mean girls or disposable relationships that would be tossed as soon as a guy came along are no longer described like that. Now, we’re lifting up our female friendships to the same level as our other important relationships, saying they matter just as much as the bonds we have with our romantic partners, children, parents, or siblings.

Journalist Kayleen Schaefer relays her journey of modern female friendship: from being a competitive teenager to trying to be one of the guys in the workplace to ultimately awakening to the power of female friendship and the soulmates, girl squads, and chosen families that come with it.

Schaefer has put together a completely new sociological perspective on the way we see our friends today, one that includes interviews with dozens of other women across the country: historians, creators of the most iconic films and television shows about female friendship (and Galentine’s Day!), celebrities, authors, and other experts. The end result is a validation of female friendship that’s never existed before.

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, Edited by Roxane Gay

Out: May 1st

Goodreads Summary (add the book)Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied” for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnit’s Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying “something in totality that we cannot say alone.”

Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.

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Do you have any other similar titles that you’d like to recommend? They can be upcoming or older releases!

31 responses to “Want to Read: Girls Rule/Feminism

  1. I just saw Text Me On Your Way home on a friend’s Goodreads list and put it on my want to read list immediately. It sounds like a really great read so I hope I can get my hands on a copy soon!

  2. I haven’t heard of either of these and they both look interesting. I’m going to look out for “Text Me On Your Way home” next time I’m at the bookstore. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Both of these look fascinating, and I think they’re a good pairing–one more uplifting choice and the other that looks heavy yet motivating. I’ve never read anything by Roxane Gay but she is on my list!

  4. Glad you spotlighted these. I mostly read romance, but I read a f/f romance a few years ago about women in the military that struck a chord with me. It was Razor Wire by Lauren Gallagher (aka LA Witt).

  5. These books both sound amazing. This may sound weird but Amy Phoeler in Parks & Recreation really showed what supporting friends was all about. For once, women weren’t competing against each other. Sorry I don’t have book examples off the top.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing these, Lauren! Text Me When You Get Home—some of my girlfriends make fun of me when I say this to them after a night out, but I love to know everyone is home and accounted for. Always love to read books on feminism and haven’t in some time so will look for these <3

  7. I need to read ALL Roxane Gay’s books! The topics are SO AWESOME Thank you so much for sharing this books Lauren! It makes me immensely happy to see that you are a feminist! <3<3 xoxo

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