“There will be no mass-based feminist movement as long as feminist ideas are understood only by a well-educated few.”
— bell hooks, Feminist Theory From Margin to Center
Ever want to read more about feminism and identity politics but don’t know where to start? Want to read up on terms and theories that have slipped past you? There are so many topics, ideas and fields of thought out there in the world of feminism. At bluestockings, we believe that self-education can be a positive form of empowerment. We encourage reading about our own identities and experiences as well as those that we are less familiar with.
Go ahead – Snoop around on the links below. And in this library, silence is optional. Feel free to comment with reviews and recommendations of your own!
Basics & Blogs
- A Feminist Art Movement Online– A list of some participants in the feminist online art movements.
- Bitch Magazine – Pop culture & feminism. They provide a good analysis of how media influences culture and alternatively, how feminists can (and do) change the media.
- Everyday Feminism – A website focused on how to apply feminism to everyday life.
- Feminism is for Everyone: Passionate Politics (PDF) – bell hooks on exercising compassionate, progressive feminsim.
- Feministing – A kick-ass feminist blog that is very active, though has recently had its share of problems. A staple for weekly feminist updates.
- Finally Feminism 101– This is a comprehensive blog about feminism and its applications.
- Free PDFs of Books on Race, Class and Gender
- FuckYeahFeminists! – A place to celebrate anything anti-oppression, anti-kyriarchy, anti-hate and pro-equality.
- “How To Be A Good Ally” – A resource for friends and family who want to be better allies to feminists in their lives.
- Jezebel – A feminist blog about celebrities, sex and fashion [note: Jezebel sometimes spews girl-on-girl hate aka a product of internalized misogyny, yuck]
- Penny Red – Laurie Penny is a British socialist blogger who discusses classism, women, economic stability & maneuverability.
- Rachel Rabbit White– a blogger/journalist/essayist.
- Slutever– the life and times of tongue-in-cheek blogger Karley Sciortino.
- TransGriot – an African-American trans woman blogs about race, gender, and injustice.
- The Feminist eZine – An archive of feminist articles, editorials, research and writing. [Active since 2000!]
- The Feminist Wire – a feminist news source.
- Allied Media Conference – “A collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world.” AMC is awesome! Feel free to browse through their presenters and the website for resources about body size, feminism, trans* issues, race, class and more.
People of Color & Racial Critiques
- Andrea366 – Blog with ‘random rants to end global oppression’ [ohhh yeah]
- “Biracial Girl Problems” – A non-fiction essay about the intersection of bi-raciality and gender.
- Blackademic – Critical essays by Dr. Kortney Ryan Ziegler.
- Black Girl Dangerous – “A literary and activist forum that amplifies the voices of queer and trans* people of color”
- Cited at the Crossroads – A blog of notes from the chicana/o frontier”
- Clutch Magazine – A life and culture feminist magazine for women of color.
- Ethiopienne – “Black feminist writer, organizer, artist, editor/etc.”
- Fascinasians– A feminist Asian American blog.
- Racialicious – A blog that examines the intersection of race and pop-culture.
- Strong Families Movement– An activist organization that envisions every family to have rights, recognition and resources, regardless of generation, race, class, sexuality and immigration status.
- “Violence Against Native Women Is Not Traditional” – A TEDx talk by ABQwomen about sexual violence against Native women.
- “Who’s Afraid of Black Sexuality?“
- 6 Critical Reads on Colourism. [Gradient Lair]
The Prison Industrial Complex (The PIC)
- Everyday Abolition – Blog; International political art collaboration collecting stories, art, and interviews highlighting the ways PIC abolitionists practice, and live PIC abolition in our work, organizing, and personal lives.
- US Prison Culture – Blog that documents how PIC operates and underscores US society & culture.
Queer, Lesbian, Bi, Pan & Asexual Feminisms
- “15 Steps to Becoming A Gay Male Feminist” – A lighthearted, yet unsurprisingly true, codification of a path towards gay male feminism. [Note: this is not to say it is the path for all, nor does it prescribe experience]
- Asexuality Unabashed– A lifestyle blog with an asexual perspective
- Audre Lorde Project: Facebook, Tumblr, Website – ALP is a community organizing center run for & by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming people of color. For most up to date news on ALP, follow the Facebook page. Website & Tumblr are updated with statements.
- Bklyn Boihood – Blog & more by bois of color. Blog lifts up other works by queer and trans* folks of color.
- “Compulsory Heterosexuality & Lesbian Existence” – by feminist poet and essayist Adrienne rich. An article that explores a “compulsory” (or presumptuous, normative, enforced, regulated) heterosexuality and its erasure of positive and sustainable lesbian existence.
- “Woman Identified Woman” – by Radicalesbianes. A seminal essay on queer feminism.
Trans & Gender Nonconformity
“if feminism is a radical notion that women are people, then trans-feminism is a radical notion that women exist in more than one container” – @cisnormativity
- Not Your Mom’s Trans 101 – A good intro to some issues with the way transgender individuals are represented in our society, as well as an explanation of existing cis-centric views about trans bodies and identities.
- The Transfeminist Manifesto
- “Beyond Inclusion” – A progressive article that discusses how ideas of inclusivity is not enough when we engage in feminist activism and critique.
- “Entertaining a Second Definition for Cisnormativity” – A critical essay concerning cis-normativity and privilege.
- “I’m Not Your Tragic Trans Narrative” – An article that explores how trans people are often rendered as “tragic” and the ideological ramifications.
- Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey – the largest survey of its kind on anti-trans* violence in the U.S.
- “What does the asterik in trans* stand for?” – A helpful explanation from It’s Pronounced Metrosexual [also check out their infographics!]
- Whipping Girl – Official blog of Whipping Girl, aka Julie Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity.
- “Cissexism and Cis Privilege Revisited“
- “A Definitive Guide to White Privilege” – An article from ThoughtCatalog.com
- Code of Ethics for Antiracist White Allies- written by JLove Calderón
- “Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Level There Is”- A blogpost written by a straight white male adressing other straight white males.
- White Privilege Checklist – A thought-provoking activity to raise consciousness about white privilege.
- “Why I Don’t Want To Talk About Race” – A great editorial response to being asked to explain race to white people as a person of color [ie. educate yourselves, it is unjust to expect the oppressed to educate their oppressors].
Body Image / Lookism
- Bedsider – Birth Control Support Network– a super up-to-date website on everything birth control
- “Body Positivity“- An article from the Ellipses Project that defines and radicalizes the idea of body positivity.
- “Five Axioms About Gender & Bodies“- Rethinking the body and biological sex in non-ciscentric ways in relation to trans identities.
- “Five Acceptance Myths Debunked” – Debunking myths such as “acceptance demands complete confidence and self-love at all times.”
- NAAFA (National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance) – Founded in 1969, NAAFA in a non-profit org that aims to grow acceptance and equality of people of all sizes.
- “On Language: Lookism”
- Project L – A group that aims to provide the public information [and zines] about look-ism and its intersections with other forms of oppression [in both german and english].
- Re-Shaping, Re-Thinking, Re-Defining – Feminist disability studies by Rosemarie.
- Leaving Evidence – Radical & visionary blog by Mia Mingus
- Activist Trauma Support– How to avoid activist burn-out! How to build more sustainable activism!
- “I Shouldn’t Have To Qualify My Depression” – An anonymous article about an individual’s battle with depression.
- “The Problem With How We Treat Bipolar Disorder” – A New York Times article that details a woman’s struggle with bipolar disorder (II) as an individual and mother of three children.
Sexual Pleasure & Health
- Good Dyke Porn – An ethical self-described “amateur dyke porn.” [note: NUDITY, NSFW]
- “Is No Sex Still Sex Positive?” – An article from Bitch Magazine about being a sex- positive feminist without actually engaging in sex.
- Kink Academy– NSFW One stop resource for kink-friendly information
- Know Your IX – Grassroots national survivor-run, student-driven campaign to end campus sexual violence.
- “Nymphomania. A History” – How we have historically pathologized the female libido.
- Planned Parenthood– This is Planned Parenthood’s tumblr which is full of information and resources.
- “10 Reasons to Reconsider Reproductive ‘Choice’ “ – A new look at the way we frame reproductive justice.
- Sex & (Dis)Ability– A comprehensive list of sources compiled by the lovely, lovely Center for Sexual Pleasure & Health!
- Scarleteen – A website for teens with a ton of information concerning health and sexuality.
- Sugar Tits – A pro-sex/sex-positive feminist sex-blog. [note: NUDITY, NSFW]
- “8 Shocking Facts About Sterilization in US History“- The honest, horrible history of compulsory sterilization of women in this country. A past often hidden and overlooked. [aka: Material not covered in high school history classrooms]
- “Why I’m Not here for Sex-Positivity Without Critical Analysis” by Melissa A. Fabello, Editor of Everyday Feminism, is a domestic violence prevention and sexuality educator.
Sex Work, Prostitution & Human Trafficking
- “What Sex-Positivity Can Offer to the Sex Workers’ Rights Movement“- by Charlie Glickman, Sex Educator