Multcolib My Librarian Heather: Women's studies 101

The Second Sex
The Second Sex By Beauvoir, Simone de (Book - 2010 ) 305.4 B386s 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Masterpiece weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of "woman" and to explore the power of sexuality. Sixty years after its initial publication, The Second Sex is still as eye-opening and pertinent as ever.

The Feminine Mystique
The Feminine Mystique By Friedan, Betty (Book - 2001 ) 305.420973 F899f 2001b Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:This is the book that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.

The Obsession
The Obsession Reflections on the Tyranny of Slenderness By Chernin, Kim (Book - 1994 ) 306.4 C5217o 1994 Available in some locations

Annotation:This is an analysis of our society's increasing demand that women be thin. It offers a careful, thought provoking discussion of the reasons men have encouraged this obsession and women have embraced it.

The Beauty Myth
The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women By Wolf, Naomi (Book - 2002 ) 305.42 W854b 2002 Available in some locations

Annotation:Wolf says the new obsession with women's appearance arose as part of a violent backlash against feminism, a political weapon imposing on women new restrictions.

Hope in A Jar
Hope in A Jar The Making of America's Beauty Culture By Peiss, Kathy Lee (Book - 2011 ) 391.630973 P379h 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:This is a richly textured account of the ways women created the cosmetics industry and cosmetics created the modern woman.

Reviving Ophelia
Reviving Ophelia Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls By Pipher, Mary Bray (Book - 2005 ) 305.235 P665r 2005 Available in some locations

Annotation:The groundbreaking work that poses one of the most provocative questions of a generation: what is happening to the selves of adolescent girls?

The Feminine Mistake
The Feminine Mistake Are We Giving up Too Much? By Bennetts, Leslie (Book - 2007 ) 331.4 B472f 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:When women sacrifice their financial autonomy by quitting their jobs, they become vulnerable to divorce as well as the potential illness, death, or unemployment of their breadwinner husbands. But women who stop working sacrifice far more than financial security.

Manifesta Young Women, Feminism, and the Future By Baumgardner, Jennifer (Book - 2010 ) 305.4201 B3481m 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this, the snags in each feminist hub are revealed, all the while proving that they had not imperiled the future of the feminist cause. The book went on to inspire a new generation of female readers, and has become a classic of contemporary feminist literature.

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Women's studies is a wide and varied field, but these texts are a good introduction.

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