Big Breasts & Wide Hips by Mo Yan
Me Dying Trial by Patricia Powell
Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
Iola Leroy by Frances E.W. Harper
The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
Woman At Point Zero by Nawal El Saddawi
Migrations of the Heart by Marita Golden
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker
Theorizing Black Feminisms ed. Stanlie M. James & Abena P.A. Busia
Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde
A Voice From the South by Anna Julia Cooper
These are three levels of participation:
- Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
- Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
- Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction ones.
1. What does feminism mean to you? Does it have to do with the work sphere? The social sphere? How you dress? How you act?
Feminism, for me, is about women not being marginalized. It's freedom to not be forced into male WASPs ideal of the feminine. However, I subscribe to Womanism which focuses on the intersection of race, class, and gender.
2. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
Yes, but I think all women are to a degree. Most of us make conscious decisions to be our true selves and that's different for every woman. Most of us choose to not be pigeonholed into one feminine identity.
3. What do you consider the biggest obstacle women face in the world today? Has that obstacle changed over time, or does it basically remain the same?
Labeling. Men label us and we label ourselves.We can't seem to get away from the need to zoom in instead of allowing ourselves to be broad and multifaceted. But then, I guess this isn't just a woman problem, but I think it's more prevalent for women.