7 books on feminism to buy and get to know the movement in 2021 – Revista Galileu

Books about feminism: 7 titles to buy in Brazil and read in 2021. Above: the books Women, Myths and Goddesses: The feminine through the ages; The Handmaid’s Tale; and Women Who Run with the Wolves (Photo: Reproduction)

Feminism has several theorists that provided the basis for the first discussions on the topic. Currently, the authors offer books with the unfolding of the initial debate that add new perspectives and personal accounts of modern experiences. As an example of works that are part of contemporary feminist literature are Who’s Afraid of Black Feminism?by historian Djamila Ribeiro, and Let’s All Be Feministsby writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

The books on the following list include paperback, hardcover, and even Kindle options. The works start at R$16 and can reach R$42. Check below seven options for books on feminism to buy on Amazon.

1. Who’s Afraid of Black Feminism? – from BRL 16

Who's Afraid of Black Feminism?  is written by Djamila Ribeiro (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Who’s Afraid of Black Feminism? is written by Djamila Ribeiro (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

The autobiographical essay added to a selection of articles published by Djamila Ribeiro on the blog of the magazine Carta Capital give rise to the book Who’s Afraid of Black Feminism?. Master in political philosophy, the author associates personal stories lived in the period between childhood and adolescence to the processes she calls the silencing and erasure of personality. The paperback option can be purchased for around R$16, while the Kindle version starts at R$9.

The critique of discrimination has a theoretical structure and brings important names to discuss black feminism, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, bell hooks, Sueli Carneiro and Conceição Evaristo. The term intersectionality appears in Djamila’s narrative, as well as the discussion about mobilizations in social networks and racial quota policies.

two. Let’s All Be Feminists – from BRL 18

Let's All Be Feminists is written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Let’s All Be Feminists is written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book is an essay on feminism, which is actually an adaptation of the TEDx Euston talk, with more than 1.5 million views. The plot includes a playful approach to current issues of feminism, in which the author reinforces her identity as a “happy African feminist who doesn’t hate men, and who likes to wear lipstick and high heels for herself, not for men.” . The title is available for around R$18 in paperback.

The Nigerian feminist reinforces that the equality sought by the movement should benefit not only women, but men as well. The book points out that achieving equity would be a way of allowing women to assume their identities, without thinking about expectations, but that men could also live below the standards of masculinity.

3. The Handmaid’s Tale – from BRL 21

The Handmaid's Tale gave rise to the series The Handmaid's Tale (Photo: Reproduction / Amazon)

The Handmaid’s Tale gave rise to the series The Handmaid’s Tale (Photo: Reproduction / Amazon)

Margaret Atwood’s novel has as its main characteristic the dystopian representation of a reality that takes place in the near future. The story takes place in Gilead, a region formerly known as the United States. The democracy that existed until then gives way to totalitarianism, a system that rigorously punishes citizens who oppose the rules and deprives access to information through books, newspapers and movies.

The plot develops the criticism under the oppressive aspects, mainly with regard to the treatment of women, preferential victims. The book gave rise to the series The Handmaid’s Tale (English title), produced by Hulu in 2017 and winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The fictional book can be purchased from R$21 in paperback, around R$52 in hardcover and R$25 for Kindle.

4. Men explain everything to me – from BRL 25

Men Explain Everything to Me addresses the theme of mansplaining (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Men Explain Everything to Me addresses the theme of mansplaining (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Rebecca Solnit’s essay develops the argument based on an episode in the author’s life, which is the starting point to culminate and signify the term mansplaining. The concept became well known in the feminist movement later on. The base story is about a man who approached the author at a party and spent hours suggesting reading a book, which was actually her authorship.

Rebecca uses her personal experiences to support this phenomenon that is so present in women’s lives and which, through feminist studies, has a name. In addition to the reports, the author brings a vast database with data that support the argument developed throughout the book. The paperback version costs approximately R$25, while the Kindle digital version costs R$24.

5. The Beauty Myth: How images of beauty are used against women – from BRL 35

The Myth of Beauty is one of the main literatures within feminist debates (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

The Myth of Beauty is one of the main literatures within feminist debates (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

The third feminist wave weaves its web of information with questions about female identity and the association with the standard of beauty. Author Naomi Wolf, a journalist by training, studies and addresses how the cult of women’s beauty and youth takes place within the patriarchal system. The paperback book can be purchased for prices close to R$35, while the Kindle version costs R$47.

The developments also reinforce that this element serves as a mechanism of social control, keeping women within a pattern that prevents them from experiencing emancipation in various aspects of their lives. The book indicates that this control favors the emergence of mental and eating disorders, in addition to opening the way for the vast industry of plastic surgery and pornography.

6. Women who run with the wolves – from BRL 36

Women Who Run with the Wolves is a work by the Jungian psychologist Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Women Who Run with the Wolves is a work by the Jungian psychologist Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

The work of Jungian psychologist Clarissa Pinkola Estés uses concepts from psychoanalysis, myths and legends, as well as the observation of wolves to weave her narrative throughout the book. The classic of studies on the sacred feminine and on feminist themes remained on the best seller list in the United States for a year. To buy it, it is necessary to invest figures close to R$ 36.

The plot includes 19 stories that address fairy tales and legends that are detailed based on the author’s studies. The proposal is to use these elements as a way of recovering the feminine instinct through analyzes developed to deal with the feeling of powerlessness that accompanies the modern woman.

7. Women, Myths and Goddesses: The Feminine Through the Ages – from BRL 42

Martha Robles brings emblematic figures to discuss the image of women in society (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Martha Robles brings emblematic figures to discuss the image of women in society (Photo: Reproduction/Amazon)

Martha Robles’ proposal is similar to Clarissa Pinkola’s in Women who run with the wolves. This is because the journalist makes associations with archetypes, but this time with women who have been present in our lives from an early age, such as Cinderella, as well as figures such as Simone de Beauvoir and Virginia Woolf.

Robles tries to rescue the lost essence based on these stories in order to redefine the role of women in the world. The book contemplates these archetypes as a way of trying to find answers to the image that has been built about women over time, an issue that ends up pointing to machismo in western culture as the main factor. The work is seen for values ​​close to R$ 42 in the physical version and R$ 13 for Kindle.

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