A Woman’s Place (2020), available here
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A fearless primer to the feminism we need now: tactics for advancing reproductive justice, promoting intersectionality, and pushing back against misogyny, gaslighting, and patriarchal systems of oppression.
Too loud. Too shrill. Too far. Too much. Despite the systematic chipping away at our voices, autonomy, and rights, women who demand more–or even just enough–continue to be pushed aside, talked over, and dismissed. From unbridled online abuse to the unspoken societal rules that dictate who can express anger, when you’re a feminist, the personal is political…and it’s time we all embrace feminism as a matter of survival.
Author, cultural critic, and Gen-Z feminist Kylie Cheung lays bare the state of affairs for women in the 21st century: a time of Trumpism, racism, and rampant attacks on reproductive healthcare, but also empowering strides in #MeToo, unprecedented youth mobilization, and increasing recognition in the power and necessity of intersectional movements. Cheung weaves biting cultural commentary with personal narrative, sharing stories of feminist awakening, online harassment, seeking reproductive healthcare, and being affected by sexual assault, racism, fetishization, and misogyny in romantic relationships. She speaks candidly to a generation of young feminists seeking real, unfiltered experiences and guidance as they navigate coming of age in a sexist and unjust world.
Uniquely positioned to tackle issues like the orgasm gap, rape culture, gender and racial essentialism in sex and dating, menstrual stigma, personhood and bodily autonomy, and the problematic legacy of white feminism, Cheung’s manifesto is a tour-de-force of fourth-wave feminism, a call to arms that speaks truth to power as we engage the fight of and for our lives.
The Gaslit Diaries (2018), available here
In a series of 12 essays, The Gaslit Diaries identifies the cynicism young feminists often face when they express their opinions for what it really is: gaslighting. And this gaslighting does more than poison our dialogues. It often places women in life-or-death danger, and stunts much-needed progress on women’s rights by suggesting that we as a society have already reached the finish line, and those who continue to protest oppression are just unhinged “social justice warriors.”
From the migraine epidemic that disproportionately affects women, to the correlation between anti-abortion laws and rising U.S. maternal death rates; from mounting advocacy for men accused of sexual violence, to the persistence of the gender wage gap, women’s everyday experiences within the patriarchy—and demands that we “prove” these experiences—have shown us the gendered nature of credibility. The adage “believe women” isn’t just about sexual assault: It’s about women’s condition, experiences, and the broad subversion of our voices.