Your Feminist Bibles

In our recent feature on feminist bibles, Rachel Genn, Hannah Gersen and Tess Lynch spoke to us about the books that shaped their feminism.

On twitter, we asked our followers to respond and tell us what their personal feminist bibles were, to which we received a wonderful (and varied) response. Bibles ranged from Mrs Tiggywinkle to The Bell Jar, with writers from Robert Muncsh to Luce Irigaray. Here’s what you said in 140 characters. We still want to hear more, tweet us @grantamag with your \#feministbibles.


@alphabetania
Agree. I don’t think I have a feminist bible. But The Bible made me a raging heathen feminist. Does that count?

@robbyhickman
Middlemarch – Dorothea’s is one of the most powerful stories of emancipation

@robbyhickman
and of course Mrs Tiggywinkle – businesswoman, self possessed. A role model.

@BinaShah
In a Different Voice by Carol Gilligan. Holy Bible for the Seven Sisters colleges and Women’s Studies departments in the US.

@Humanities101
John Stuart Mill “On the Subjection of Women”, the Book of Ruth in the Hebrew Bible, anything by Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

@caustichazmat
a doll’s house. i read it at 14, made me vow to never rely on a man’s income.

@KKuitenbrouwer
Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (peekaboo aprons & story cloth, life changing book).

@Ayserin
I’d like to share a Turkish one: Duygu Asena “Kadinin adi yok” (The Woman has no name). Don’t know if she’s been translated to eng.

@SuddenlySparrow
Carol Ann Duffy’s Standing female nude, unusual and poignant.

@westvillagedyke
A Wild Patience Has Taken Me This Far: Poems by Adrienne Rich. Brilliant. World-cracking. Shaping.

@shelltidings
Alice… courageous amongst curious disparaging creatures and a Wonderland of worldly weirdness.

@aimeeheuz
My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin. Showed me that an outback girl could love books and even WRITE them.

@samanthastorey
The Color Purple by Alice Walker. First time I read and understood female empowerment.

@PrashansaT
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. I was 14 when I read it & I felt as if someone had held me by the shoulders and shaken me awake.

@kalsnats
The Group by Mary McCarthy. Heart-breaking, brilliant.

@janedonuts
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. For showcasing the extraordinary strength of women in ordinary circumstances.

@sineadgleeson
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, most Toni Morrison, The Yellow Wallpaper, McCarthy’s The Group, Bonjour Tristesse

@erinlyndal
Story of O. I’m not kidding.

@rachsh
The Paperbag Princess!

@OlivHeal
Luce Irigaray’s Ce sexe qui n’en est pas un (This sex which is not one). Monique Wittig Les Guerilleres. ‘midst many many others..

@LeeshLou
Also The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith — 1950s lesbian romance novel where the lovers get to be together? Yes please!

@MissBellows
maybe “Beloved” by Toni Morrison. Also a bible for Black women.

@llapen
Alice Walker’s “The Temple of My Familiar”. It depicts rather beautifully the many incarnations of womanhood.

@Im2old4thisship
Annnnnnd obviously, Andrea Dworkin’s ‘Intercourse’. \#amirightladies. ?

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Also on The F Word Online:

‘Kill something larger than a squirrel at least once a day’, and other Notes for a Young Gentleman from Toby Litt.

Elizabeth Bishop and Sacrificial Feminism: a look at women-only poetry anthologies.

‘The Old Fuel’: A new poem by Emily Berry, and an interview with her.

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