If I taught feminist/women’s studies, the materials I’d use would include…

at least parts of Andrea Dworkin’s Right Wing Women, Ice and Fire, Pornography: Men Possessing Women, Scapegoat, Heartbreak, Woman Hating… and so on

Radically Speaking, eds Diane Bell and Renate Klein

music by Tori Amos (albums from the choirgirl hotel, boys for pele, little earthquakes, scarlet’s walk, etc), Ani DiFranco (eg “Letter to a John”), Bikini Kill, Blue October (eg “Sexual Powertrip,” “Razorblade,” “Drilled a Wire…”), Consolidated (pretty much everything of theirs), Sarah Slean (eg “I Know”), Queen Latifah, Public Enemy (eg “Revolutionary Generation”), Manic Street Preachers (eg “Yes,” “Born a Girl,” “Little Baby Nothing”)

bell hooks’ ain’t i a woman

Kate Millett’s Sexual Politics

Catharine MacKinnon’s Are Women Human?, and Women’s Lives, Men’s Laws

documentaries such as “Searching for Angela Shelton,” “Aileen,” “Dreamworlds 3,” “Generation M,” “The Price of Pleasure,” “Inside Boystown”

films such as Foxfire, Rabbit Proof Fence, Serenades, The Color Purple, If These Walls Could Talk, Poison, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Fishing Trip, Eclipse, The Five Senses, Frida, Dolores Claiborne, Edge of Seventeen, No Child of Mine, Sex Traffic, Monster, Ginger Snaps trilogy, Bastard out of Carolina, 2 by 4, Man Without a Face, Deepa Mehta’s films (Fire and Water especially)

Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye

Patrick Roscoe’s Birthmarks and The Truth About Love

Francesca Lia Block’s The Hanged Man, Echo, Weetzie Bat series, I Was a Teenage Fairy, Guarding the Moon

James Baldwin’s Another Country

Rus Funk’s Stopping Rape: A Challenge for Men

Not for Sale, eds Christine Stark and Rebecca Whisnant

Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider

Mary Daly’s Pure Lust and Quintessence

Jane Caputi’s Goddesses and Monsters and The Age of Sex Crime

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, Warrior Marks, You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down, Her Blue Body Everything We Know, etc.

Carol J Adams, The Sexual Politics of Meat and Neither Man Nor Beast: Feminism and the Defense of Animals

Sheila Jeffreys, The Industrial Vagina, Anticlimax, Unpacking Queer Politics, The Idea of Prostitution

Nawal El Saadawi, The Hidden Face of Eve

Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

Mayra Hornbacher, Wasted: a Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia

Marilee Strong’s A Bright Red Scream: Self-mutilation and the Language of Pain

John Stoltenberg’s Refusing to Be a Man and The End of Manhood

Ntozake Shange’s for coloured girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf and nappy edges

this awesome roundtable on pornography between Dworkin, Norma Ramos, Shange, Marcia Gillespie and Gloria Jacobs.

Robin Morgan, the Word of a Woman, Saturday’s Child, Sisterhood is Powerful/Global/Forever (all 3)

This Bridge Called My Back, eds Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua

Just Sex: Students Rewrite the Rules on Sex, Violence, Activism, and Equality, eds Jodi Gold and Susan Villari
Shere Hite’s reports on female and male sexuality, the family, and love (all 4)
whooo, that’s enough…at least for now 🙂
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  1. Thanks for posting your list. My partner and I have run out of movies to watch that have a feminist consciousness so I was very interested when I saw your suggestions. We placed most of your suggestions in our netflix queue. Your reading list is right on too. You may want to add Unwanted Sex: The Culture of Intimadation and the Failure of the Law by Stephen Schulhofer.

  2. are you really thinking of becoming a wmst prof? because there is a desperate need for profs teaching stuff like this. my wmst program is like a mouthpiece for the backlash.

  3. scotty, your wecome. I def recommend you and your partner see them. I’ll look into that book. Thanks for the recommendation

    harmony, meh. probs not. i want to go into activism, social work, and/or writing (like books). I do agree that those types of teachings are desparately needed. It is so backlashy sometimes in WS, esp for us radfems!

  4. cool!!!!! what type of activism? what area of social work? fiction or nonfiction?

  5. radical feminist, animal rights, indigenous solidarity, and environmental activism 😀

    social work, not sure yet. thinking of abused women and children, esp folks in prostitution.

    both! essays, short stories mainly

  6. good choices! man, we have NO feminist movement right now! it would be nice if that got started again. 😦

  7. aww, harmony… it’s not dead… it’s just being pummelled by the patriarchy, but keeps on. It is defo less than it was in the 70s and 80s tho!


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