I did a lot of stuff this month but still somehow managed to devour a ton of books without realizing it. Hope you all had a great holiday and a wonderful New Year!
The Beauty Myth – Naomi Wolf, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman – Mary Wollstonecraft & The Second Sex – Simone De Beauvoir
Recommend: Absolutely 5/5
I’ll say that A Vindication is definitely much harder to read than the other two books in this set as it’s written in the 1792, but Mary talks perfectly about the sexism that women had to face at that time and still do. If you’re looking for something that is more useful or relates more to today, the other two novels will do it justice. I loved both The Second Sex and The Beauty Myth beyond words. They speak on the topic of sexism in so many different areas that are all so truthful. These are all extractions from larger texts so if you’re interested you can read the entirety of all 3 of them. I’m not sure that I will read more out of any of these, though perhaps The Beauty Myth. In that novel written in the 1990s, Namoi Wolf mostly addresses today’s obsession with women and beauty and how women are forced to adorn their appearance in order to keep jobs, get promotions, or even be seen in any kind of conversation. She also addresses rape culture and how violence in pornographic materials promote that to consumers. All-around great book with amazing points. The Second Sex was written in 1950s and addresses a large range of issues including women’s sexuality compared to men.
Overall amazing, would at least give the two written in the 1900s a go if you’re interested in feminism at all.