7 Books White Cis Straight Middle Class Judeo-Christian Feminist Women Need To Read Right Now

A lot of middle class white feminist straight cis judeo-christian women read Lean In , Thrive, The Handmaid’s Tale, Everyday Sexism, Hot Feminist, The Beauty Myth, All The Single Ladies and Fat is a Feminist Issue because they were written by white cis middle class feminist straight judeo-christian women for white middle class cis straight feminist judeo-christian women.

I did too, and from them I learned a lot both about myself and about how sexism, misogyny and the patriarchy oppress me as a white middle class cis straight feminist Judeo-christian (atheist actually, but you know what I mean) woman.

But these excellent and important books really just confirmed what I already knew. They put words to feelings I’d already had and explained concepts better than I ever could. For the most part these authors are/were preaching to the already converted.

So once I’d read literally every feminist book written by and for white middle class cis straight feminist judeo-christian women I decided it was time to understand how sexism, racism, genderism, classism, religionism (is that a word??) are experienced by women of color, women who identify as LGBTQ, poor women, working class women and/or non judeo-christian women.

I realized that white middle class cis straight feminist judeo-christian women make up the smallest percentage of all the women in the world. Duh, right….

The books I am recommending below were game changing for me. I will never know or experience what everyday life from birth to death is like for LGBTQ, black, Muslim, working class and/or poor women and girls. I will never experience the impact of how all of these aspects intersect to amplify what it means to be female in our misogynist and patriarchal world.

But because of these books my eyes and ears have been opened and my feminist agenda has been enlarged and adjusted. I hope they will do the same for you.
 

1. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower - Brittney Cooper

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Once you’ve plowed through these let me know and I’ll recommend 5 more.

Article by Anna Quick Palmer