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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Story of O. I’m not kidding.

The Paperbag Princess!

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..

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

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

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

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


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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