“Feminism” doesn’t strictly mean “women” and “women” doesn’t necessarily mean “feminism” but the two should definitely get along and in the “best world” scenario, we shouldn’t need feminism, right?
The international women’s day is happening sooner than we think but does that mean something to you? There will be a demonstration for the occasion this coming Saturday organized by Women of diverse origins and we hope this will be one opportunity amongst others to express your views to the world about what the concept of woman means to you.
As always, we have books here that study the questions of equality or that cover testimonies of women who fought for their rights. I sorted out a little selection for you but there is so much more to it. Also, if you have suggestions of good books/zines on the topic, my ears are wide open!
MAKING SPACE FOR INDIGENOUS FEMINISM – by Joyce Green
The majority of scholarly and activist opinion by and about Aboriginal women claims that feminism is irrelevant for them. Yet, there is also an articulate, theoretically informed and activist constituency that identifies as feminist. By and about Aboriginal feminists, this book provides a powerful and original intellectual and political contribution demonstrating that feminism has much to offer Aboriginal women in their struggles against oppression. The contributors are from Canada, the USA, Sami (Samiland) and Aotearoa/New Zealand. The chapters include theoretical contributions, stories of political activism and deeply personal accounts of developing political consciousness.
AIN’T I A WOMAN: black women an feminism – by Bell Hooks
“AIN’T I A WOMAN examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women’s movement, and black women’s involvement with feminism. ”
NI VUES NI CONNUES? : Femmes, VIH, médias – by Maria Nengeh Mensah (in French)
What space do we allow HIV positive women to occupy? Some of them might be completely isolated and marginalized because of the stigmatization associated with the disease. How are they represented through lens of the media? Maria Nengeh Mensah studies how HIV positive women are represented in this book.
VOICES OF RESISTANCE: Muslim women on war, faith & sexuality – edited by Sarah Husain
“Voices of Resistance is a diverse collection of personal narratives and prose by Muslim women whose experiences and observations are particularly poignant in today’s politically and religiously charged environment. The contributors in this anthology hail from Yemen, Iran, Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Canada, and the United States. ”
Enjoy your reading!
and stay fierce,
Maria Elena Stoodley
Alternative Library and Poster Archive Coordinator
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