Reasons for signing
See why other supporters are signing, why this petition is important to them, and share your reason for signing (this will mean a lot to the starter of the petition).
Thanks for adding your voice.
Thanks for adding your voice.
Thanks for adding your voice.
But if you look at the statistics of who is and isn't getting surgery it is 90% women who are having their flesh cut, tucked, pulled, to fit the beauty ideal. Cosmetic surgery fundamentally is about businesses trying to convince people to get unnecessary, invasive, very risky surgery. They know as well as everyone else does that women hate their bodies on a massive scale, and the solution they offer is the knife; they don't say, actually, we need to change the culture which is fuelling the self-hate and making women feel like this. They say, cut up your body to fit the culture.
You can't commodify consent. The inherent harm at the heart of this transaction we see evidenced in the astronomical rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, which is a result of having repeated unwanted sex because you need the money. It's often argued that it's just like stacking shelves. That it is ordinary work, just like any other work. But if you're stacking shelves, is it a bit different if your manager says: 'Right, before you go at the end of your shift can you give me a blowjob?' Would you feel uncomfortable about that? It's the inherent harm of having repeated unwanted sex which lies at the heart of the problem.
Commercial sexual exploitation has been industrialised, on a global scale, and the profits for a small few at the top – pimps and pornographers – are astronomical." Pornography is literally everywhere, yet in reality "it's a form of filmed prostitution" – and with the average age of a boy's first exposure to hardcore internet porn now just 11, its impact is "an issue we simply cannot ignore.
-Kat Banyard, British feminist
The kind people treat you shows you what kind of people they are. Don't let the murderers, women and child beaters, women haters, domestic and sexual abusers, rapists, molesters, sadistic stalkers, women killers, girls killers, child killers win! Together we can fight against that and make a change!
“In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure no one listens.”
― Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery
When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch.”
― Bette Davis
There are many crimes against women, girls and female childs: Domestic and sexual violence, street harassment, workplace harassment, catcalling, Eve teasing, tarrarush gamea, rape culture, mass and gang rapes, war rapes, child rapes, marital rapes, dowry murder, forced and child marriages, religous crimes, honour killings, FGM, sex slavery, women, girls and child trafficking, forced prostitution, rape pornography, online harassment, sadistic stalking, domestic and sexual murder, acid attacks, femicide, female infanticide, daily hate speech and sexism, sadistic and forced sexual practices, lack of freedom, education and human rights, forced dress codes like chador and burqa, victim blaming of assault, stalking, bullying and rape victims,witch hunts, widow murders, executions like stoning for rape and assault victims, imprisonment and punishment of female victims..
Violence against women, girls and female childs - particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence - are major public health problems and violations of women's human rights and childrens rights..
Recent global prevalence figures indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
Most of this violence is intimate partner violence. Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner.
Globally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.
Violence can negatively affect women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health, and may increase vulnerability to HIV.
Factors associated with increased risk of perpetration of violence include low education, child maltreatment or exposure to violence in the family, harmful use of alcohol, attitudes accepting of violence and gender inequality.
Factors associated with increased risk of experiencing intimate partner and sexual violence include low education, exposure to violence between parents, abuse during childhood, attitudes accepting violence and gender inequality.
There is evidence from high-income settings that school-based programmes may be effective in preventing relationship violence (or dating violence) among young people.
In low-income settings, primary prevention strategies, such as microfinance combined with gender equality training and community-based initiatives that address gender inequality and relationship skills, hold promise.
Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing violence, such as by intimate partners, and present additional forms of violence against women.
Global violence uniquely affects the girl child. Although international legal instruments have been in place for decades to protect the girl child, thousands of brutal acts of violence and neglect specifically targeting the girl child can be observed around the world on a daily basis. For centuries, girls who have barely attained adolescence have been forced into marriage, often with men many years their senior. As a minor, a girl child cannot legally give her consent to enter into such a partnership. They have suffered in female genital mutilation rituals. They are traded, bought, and sold across national borders as commodities to be put to use as prostitutes or slaves, or merely to be sold again at a profit. Many girls are even victimized before birth, as technology and greater access to medicine have given rise to prenatal sex selection and selection abortion based on sex. Girls continue to face the threat of sexual harassment and abuse in workplaces and schools. Their lives may be taken for the “honor” of their families for speaking to strangers or committing other minor transgressions. Violence against the girl child has become a powerful and all-too-common tactic in times of war and humanitarian disaster.
Violence against the girl child is perpetrated on every continent, wielded by every social and economic class, and sanctioned to varying degrees by every form of government, every major religion, and every kind of communal or familial structure.
Bates, L: Everyday Sexism /Laura Bates (Autor)
In a culture that's driven by social media, women are using this online space to come together, share their stories and encourage a new generation to recognise the problems that women face. This book is a call to arms in a new wave of feminism, and it proves sexism is endemic - socially, politically and economically - but women won't stand for it.
Know My Name: A Memoir/Chanel Miller (Autor)
Universally acclaimed, rapturously reviewed, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography, and an instant New York Times bestseller, Chanel Miller's breathtaking memoir "gives readers the privilege of knowing her not just as Emily Doe, but as Chanel Miller the writer, the artist, the survivor, the fighter." (The Wrap).
"I opened Know My Name with the intention to bear witness to the story of a survivor. Instead, I found myself falling into the hands of one of the great writers and thinkers of our time. Chanel Miller is a philosopher, a cultural critic, a deep observer, a writer's writer, a true artist. I could not put this phenomenal book down." --Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love Warrior and Untamed
"Know My Name is a gut-punch, and in the end, somehow, also blessedly hopeful." --Washington Post
She was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with a letter. Brock Turner had been sentenced to just six months in county jail after he was found sexually assaulting her on Stanford's campus. Her victim impact statement was posted on BuzzFeed, where it instantly went viral--viewed by eleven million people within four days, it was translated globally and read on the floor of Congress; it inspired changes in California law and the recall of the judge in the case. Thousands wrote to say that she had given them the courage to share their own experiences of assault for the first time.
Now she reclaims her identity to tell her story of trauma, transcendence, and the power of words. It was the perfect case, in many ways--there were eyewitnesses, Turner ran away, physical evidence was immediately secured. But her struggles with isolation and shame during the aftermath and the trial reveal the oppression victims face in even the best-case scenarios. Her story illuminates a culture biased to protect perpetrators, indicts a criminal justice system designed to fail the most vulnerable, and, ultimately, shines with the courage required to move through suffering and live a full and beautiful life.
Know My Name will forever transform the way we think about sexual assault, challenging our beliefs about what is acceptable and speaking truth to the tumultuous reality of healing. It also introduces readers to an extraordinary writer, one whose words have already changed our world. Entwining pain, resilience, and humor, this memoir will stand as a modern classic.
Chosen as a BEST BOOK OF 2019 by The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, TIME, Elle, Glamour, Parade, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, BookRiot
Unladylike: A Field Guide to Smashing the Patriarchy and Claiming Your Space/ Cristen Conger (Autor), Caroline Ervin
A funny, fact-driven, and illustrated field guide to how to live a feminist life in today's world, from the hosts of the hit Unladylike podcast.
Get ready to get unladylike with this field guide to the what's, why's, and how's of intersectional feminism and practical hell-raising. Through essential, inclusive, and illustrated explorations of what patriarchy looks like in the real world, authors and podcast hosts Cristen Conger and Caroline Ervin blend wild histories, astounding stats, social justice principles, and self-help advice to connect where the personal meets political in our bodies, brains, booty calls, bank accounts, and other confounding facets of modern woman-ing and nonbinary-ing. By laying out the uneven terrain of double-standards, head games, and handouts patriarchy has manspread across society for ages, Unladylike is here to unpack our gender baggage and map out the space that's ours to claim.
Reaching for the Moon: The Autobiography of NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson/Katherine Johnson (Autor)
“This rich volume is a national treasure.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Captivating, informative, and inspiring…Easy to follow and hard to put down.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
The inspiring autobiography of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who helped launch Apollo 11.
As a young girl, Katherine Johnson showed an exceptional aptitude for math. In school she quickly skipped ahead several grades and was soon studying complex equations with the support of a professor who saw great promise in her. But ability and opportunity did not always go hand in hand. As an African American and a girl growing up in an era of brutal racism and sexism, Katherine faced daily challenges. Still, she lived her life with her father’s words in mind: “You are no better than anyone else, and nobody else is better than you.”
In the early 1950s, Katherine was thrilled to join the organization that would become NASA. She worked on many of NASA’s biggest projects including the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first men on the moon.
Katherine Johnson’s story was made famous in the bestselling book and Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures. Now in Reaching for the Moon she tells her own story for the first time, in a lively autobiography that will inspire young readers everywhere.
The Stone Frigate: The Royal Military College's First Female Cadet Speaks Out/Kate Armstrong (Autor)
The Stone Frigate is the harrowing account of an ordinary, young woman admitted as the first female Cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada.
The Stone Frigate is a harrowingly honest account of one woman's experience in the military. With unflinching wit and candour, Kate Armstrong forces us to look at the uncomfortable intersection between power and sexism and into the darkest corners of human nature. The result is an astonishing memoir - I couldn't put it down.--Alison Pick, Booker-nominated author of Strangers With the Same Dream and Between Gods
The Stone Frigate is the fascinating, often painful account of Kate Armstrong's attempt to fit in, to excel, to become 'one of the boys' at the elite Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario. Her four years at the college were marked by sexism, humiliation, brutality, and courage. Armstrong is brutally honest with herself - her failure to have compassion with other female classmates, her desperate need for male approval, her desire to become 'just one of the guys'. But this memoir is first and foremost a story of reconciliation, of learning to accept the past and realize that what she accomplished was extraordinary, especially in the face of so many who would have happily seen her fail. Her experiences will resonate with all women who have, like Armstrong, attempted to fit into an exclusively male preserve. Her memoir is a convincing and moving read, one that everyone who has been alone in a misogynistic world will identify with.--Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice
A great story is not simply something you read -- you feel it. Right from the beginning, The Stone Frigate transported me. I was there in Kingston, Ontario, and amidst the cadence of boots and mess hall chatter, I really heard those male voices, all their different intonations of condescension and malice. For three hundred pages, my physiology was tied to whatever happened on the page -- I felt a deep sense of empathy and anger which is only possible when an author is generous enough to share her experiences with authenticity and candour. This memoir is an important contribution to Canadian history/herstory and a reminder of how deeply ingrained certain types of power structures are, even today.--Leesa Dean, author of Waiting for the Cyclone
This is the moving, deeply immersive story of a woman's coming of age in 1960's and 70's Canada and at RMC in the 1980's --environments that worked in their different ways to flatten the spirits of the independent, the thoughtful, the creative, and the kind. One important takeaway here is that those times and places -- distant, we like to think -- still represent a relevant paradigm today. Every new cohort of girls still faces intense hazing as they run the gauntlet into womanhood -- at which point a new kind of hazing begins. Yet this memoir is no sustained complaint but rather an act of bearing witness, and Kate Armstrong does so with a rich mixture of humour, drama, empathy, anger, gratitude, and vivid characterization, all conveyed in beautifully lucid prose.--Steven Heighton, author of The Waking Comes Late
100 Times: A Memoir of Sexism /Chavisa Woods (Autor)
Shirley Jackson Award-winning author and three-time Lambda Finalist, Chavisa Woods presents one hundred personal stories of sexism, harassment, discrimination, and assault.
Recounting her experiences with sexist discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual violence—beginning in childhood, through the present—Woods lays out clear and unflinching personal vignettes that build in intensity as the number of times grows. Individually, and especially taken as a whole, these stories amount to powerful proof that sexual violence and discrimination are never just one-time occurrences, but part of a constant battle all women face every day.
In these extraordinary pages, sexual violence and sexist discrimination occur regardless of age, in all spheres of society, in rural and urban areas alike, in the US and abroad, from Woods' youth through adulthood. Demonstrating how often people are conditioned to endure sexism and harassment, and how thoroughly men feel entitled to women’s spaces and bodies, 100 Times forces the reader to witness the myriad ways in which sexism and misogyny continuously shape women’s lives, and are built-in facets of our society.
Behind the Burqa: Our Life in Afghanistan and How We Escaped to Freedom /Batya Swift Yasgur (Autor)
"Whenever and wherever adults make war, children die and women are subjected to fear and humiliation. This is true of Afghanistan too. Read this harrowing book. The tragic yet heroic tale of two women is told with great simplicity. They will haunt you."
-Elie Wiesel, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
"The stories of Sulima and Hala achingly articulate the twin and enduring legacies of misogyny and violence. A critical historical document, Behind the Burqa ultimately reveals the unbreakable strength of Afghan women."
-Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues
Founder and Artistic Director, V-Day
"Behind the Burqa provides important information about conditions in Afghanistan, as well as the plight of asylum-seekers in the United States. I highly recommend this book to all people who are concerned about human rights, both at home and abroad."
-Senator Sam Brownback, (R. Kansas)
ranking member, Immigration Subcommittee, Committee on the Judiciary
"This book is a gripping reading experience, and it also offers important suggestions for those who would like to participate in making our asylum politics more humane."
-Eleanor Acer, Director, Asylum Program, Lawyers Committee for Human Rights
"This book shows the injustices suffered by innocent women seeking asylum in the U. S. and the power of religious faith to provide hope and courage even in prison."
-Fauziya Kassindja, author of Do They Hear You When You Cry
"Sulima and Hala epitomize the worldwide struggle of women for equality and justice. Their story is gripping and illuminating."
-Jessica Neuwirth, President of Equality Now
Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing A Veiled War Against Women/ Phyllis Chesler (Autor)
Renowned author, scholar, activist, and journalist, Dr. Phyllis Chesler has been an independent and "politically incorrect" truth teller for nearly half a century.
As a powerful advocate for global women's rights, one who witnessed firsthand the stunning injustices of gender apartheid in Afghanistan during the early 1960s, Phyllis Chesler understands the struggles that Muslim women face in their tribal, patriarchal societies. Her power is her voice, and how she clearly, boldly, and unapologetically uses it to denounce oppression no matter where she sees it--and no matter what the consequences of such truth telling are.
In Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against Women, Dr. Chesler writes with journalistic passion and ease. These pieces are meant for a popular audience and bear frontline moral witness to the normalization of misogynist atrocities in our time. This volume covers a variety of topics, including the burqa and face veil, child marriage, polygamy, honor-based violence, FGM, state-sponsored and vigilante acid disfiguring and stoning, forced female suicide killers, and other injustices that have been minimized or denied by Western media and governments.
Here you will find portraits of Muslim and ex-Muslim anti-Islamists who are well known in the West, such as Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Nonie Darwish, and Asra Nomani, and less known, but extraordinary women heroes in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Far East, who have risked death as they defied the bans on trouser-wearing, forced face-veiling, remaining in a violent marriage, choosing their own religion, and facing harassment and death for the right to work outside the home. This volume is a tremendous service to history - a witness at the critical time when women’s rights will either advance worldwide, or the hard-won gains of western women will begin to erode due to the thoughtless mass acceptance of “multiculturalism.”
Relevant, thoughtful, informative, Islamic Gender Apartheid: Exposing a Veiled War Against Women is a compelling journalistic account of our perilous times from an award-winning author and scholar.
Saiera - Despair and Defiance behind the Burqa /Ahmadullah Rahmani (Autor)
This story of an Afghan woman is a traumatic tale. The reader shares the optimistic plans of a young girl, her hopes and her youthful optimism - all of which are successively dashed by a repressive society dominated by men. The fate experienced by Saiera, which is unfortunately still typical for Afghanistan and other countries dominated by Islam, shows how far women in this culture are still away from equal rights and fair treatment.
The Afghan author Ahmadullah Rahmani dedicates this book to all women who are humiliated, oppressed and tortured and have no opportunity to lead a life of dignity.
Ahmadullah Rahmani was born in Afghanistan in 1947. He studied history in his home country and then from 1970 to 1973 he continued his studies in Germany in the faculty of Business Studies in Heidelberg. He later became a teacher at a secondary school in his home city of Kandahar and worked as an interpreter and translator for the German embassy and the airline Lufthansa.
After the Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan in 1979 he emigrated with his family to Germany. Other books by Ahmadullah Rahmani are "Mein Freund, der Gefangene von Guantanamo" ("My friend, the prisoner of Guantanamo") and "Koran, Kalifen und Kalaschnikows", a book about the origin and the essence of Islam.
The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm": The Female Orgasm in American Sexual Thought and Second Wave Feminism /Jane Gerhard
n this founding article first published in 1968, Anne Koedt underlines the androcentric and heteronormative quality of the definition of women's sexual pleasure. The focus on vaginal orgasm and the disqualification of clitoral orgasm, supported in particular by Freud's psychoanalytic texts, thus dismisses many women as belonging to the «frigid» category. Women, encouraged to seek desperately for vaginal sexual pleasure, try to overcome a problem that does not exist but which can lead to «the ultimate degree of self-hate and insecurity». For Koedt, knowledge of the female body is concealed on purpose: the clitoris rehabilitation would lead to undermine men as «sexually facultative» and would represent, thus, a real threat against the heterosexual institution.
n a world that is obsessed with penises and prioritizes the needs of men, the gynecological health and sexual pleasure of women* often takes a back seat.
The clitoris – the unknown organ – has come to symbolise this inequality. While perfectly described by German anatomist Georg Kobelt in 1844, it was not until 1998 when Australian urologist Helen O’Connell connected all the internal parts of the clitoris as one structure. However, 20 years after O’Connell’s research, the marginalisation of the clitoris persists as the Oxford Dictionaries still describes it as “a small, sensitive, erectile part of the female genitals at the anterior end of the vulva”.
Sigmund Freud’s idea of the ‘vaginal’ orgasm as the ‘normal’ orgasm still dominates social discourse even though it is scientifically unfounded and only perpetuates the misogynistic belief that if a woman cannot orgasm through vaginal sex, there is something wrong with her. The sex revolution of ‘female sexual empowerment’ during the 1960s fell short as we still overvalue penetrative sex – it didn’t lead to equal orgasms. The Durex Global Sex Survey which surveyed nearly 30K adults worldwide showed 64% of men orgasm during sex while only 34% of women orgasm.
Just as the sexual health and pleasure of women are disregarded, so too is gynecological, menstrual and reproductive health. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, period pain which is clinically known as Dysmenorrhea interferes with the daily life of around 1-in-5 women and yet there’s little research into the condition.
The UK National Health Service (NHS) watchdogs believe that 1-in-10 women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis – a painful womb condition that often goes undiagnosed and can cause fertility issues. A UK Parliamentary Group on Women’s Health found that in 2017, 40% of 2,600 women who gave evidence to the group stated that they had seen a doctor 10 times before being diagnosed.
The culture of dismissiveness from the medical industry towards women’s health concerns is further compounded when 41% of women felt that how they were treated during childbirth was detrimental to their dignity and psycho-physical wellbeing; while 27% said they felt only partially cared for by the medical team; and 21% had suffered some form of physical or verbal obstetric violence.
Patriarchal control of women’s bodies goes beyond the medical industry though – policies of austerity as well as the ‘pink tax’ has exacerbated rates of period poverty. The lack of affordability and information have led many young women to use only one tampon per day or one pad for multiple days. Many girls from low-income families around the world are skipping school because they cannot afford tampons or pads. Period stigma has shown to directly impact the education of girls as every time a girl misses school because of her period, she is set to be 145 days behind her male peers.
Coercive intent and practices are at the core of anti-abortion policies and discourses as outright bans to abortion healthcare and the empowerment of anti-choice groups to impose their views on to others, not only obstructs access to essential healthcare but it particularly impacts women and pregnant people from vulnerable backgrounds. Making abortions illegal does not stop abortions as highlighted by the World Health Organisation which estimates that around 25 million unsafe abortions take place each year worldwide.
Alas, this is not a fictional society like the Republic of Gilead – women’s bodies are being used as political instruments – battlegrounds for patriarchal structural control vs. bodily autonomy, pleasure and individual freedoms. However, the war on women’s bodies will not be taken lying down.
‘My Clit Counts’ aims to debunk social taboos on women’s sexual pleasure, gynecological health, and reproductive rights.
Through a series of campaign actions, young feminists from across Europe will have the opportunity to engage in the broad and interlinked topics surrounding women’s bodies by calling out bullshit to injustice and to take a stand to prioritise their health and needs.
The Laugh of the Medusa / Hélène Cixous
Almost everything is yet to be written by women about femininity: about their sexuality, that is, its infinite and mobile complexity; about their eroticization, sudden turn-ons of a certain minuscule-immense area of their bodies; not about destiny, but about the adventure of such and such a drive, about trips, crossings, trudges, abrupt and gradual awakenings, discoveries of a zone at once timorous and soon to be forthright.
Woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies - for the same reasons, by the same law, with the same fatal goal. Woman must put herself into the text - as into the world and into history - by her own movement.
Cinderella's Sisters: A Revisionist History of Footbinding /Dorothy Ko (Author)
The history of footbinding is full of contradictions and unexpected turns. The practice originated in the dance culture of China's medieval court and spread to gentry families, brothels, maid's quarters, and peasant households. Conventional views of footbinding as patriarchal oppression often neglect its complex history and the incentives of the women involved. This revisionist history, elegantly written and meticulously researched, presents a fascinating new picture of the practice from its beginnings in the tenth century to its demise in the twentieth century. Neither condemning nor defending foot-binding, Dorothy Ko debunks many myths and misconceptions about its origins, development, and eventual end, exploring in the process the entanglements of male power and female desires during the practice's thousand-year history.
Cinderella's Sisters argues that rather than stemming from sexual perversion, men's desire for bound feet was connected to larger concerns such as cultural nostalgia, regional rivalries, and claims of male privilege. Nor were women hapless victims, the author contends. Ko describes how women―those who could afford it―bound their own and their daughters' feet to signal their high status and self-respect. Femininity, like the binding of feet, was associated with bodily labor and domestic work, and properly bound feet and beautifully made shoes both required exquisite skills and technical knowledge passed from generation to generation. Throughout her narrative, Ko deftly wields methods of social history, literary criticism, material culture studies, and the history of the body and fashion to illustrate how a practice that began as embodied lyricism―as a way to live as the poets imagined―ended up being an exercise in excess and folly.
Female Mutilation: The Truth Behind the Horrifying Global Practice of Female Genital Mutilation / Hilary Burrage (Author)
The numbers of girls and women affected around the world are staggering. Death is not an uncommon outcome. Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or complete removal of the external female genitals for cultural rather than medical or religious reasons―its origin is unknown. Practitioners believe the procedure enhances the girl’s health, hygiene, chastity, fertility and marriage prospects―the truth is it obliterates sexual pleasure, causes severe health problems and is sometimes fatal. This book covers this controversial cultural practice that is taking place around the world including in Western countries where it is illegal. Read the harrowing stories of women who have been genitally mutilated, their accounts of survival and their determination to end this injustice. Find out what is being done to combat this crime against women from those committed to see change.
The Truth about Breast Ironing/ Philip Walters A. Tanyi (Author)
The best selling author of the book 'the truth about breast ironing' gives a first hand account of the reality of young girl in other parts of the world, related to this practice. Imagine at age 9, your little girl has to go through the terrifying act of ironing her breast. It is a must read!
The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?: Adventures and Agonies in Fashion/Brittany Gibbons (Author)
In a sartorial follow-up to her hilarious memoir in stories, Fat Girl Walking, Internet personality Brittany Gibbons once again deep dives into the world of the plus size woman, this time chronicling her love/hate (but mostly hate) relationship with fashion.
From Pinterest boards and Instagram posts to shop windows and ad campaigns, fashion is everywhere. We shop and dress for practical reasons like job interviews or to make a good impression at the board meeting. We shop and dress for more adventurous reasons - for dates, to woo a lover, to catch someone's eye. Clothes are armor for women, and we wrap a lot of meaning in what we choose to wear.
As plus-size spokesmodel and blogger Brittany Gibbons knows, what we choose to wear is especially important, and especially emotional, for curvy women. This isn't only because curvy women feel underrepresented and underserved by the fashion world. For the curvy woman who struggles with feelings of self-worth and a lack of confidence, the feeling of "why bother" can come crashing in. You can't help but think, Wouldn't leggings and a slouchy sweater just be easier? Especially when we, like every other woman on the planet, are facing greater, real-life obstacles like raising kids, attending college, keeping your marriage together, paying bills, and a myriad of other daily struggles.
Everyone has those days where they hate their body, they hate their clothes, but self-confidence and strength can come from a great outfit. Brittany is determined to help women, curvy and otherwise, embrace fashion and all the bumps and lumps that come with it. In this "overdue love letter" to her body, Brittany delves into the hilarity and the humility of her quest to find her own personal style - to break out of a rut of maternity underwear and men's undershirts once and for all. From wardrobe malfunctions to fashion advice to mom bodies and the perfect pose, The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)? is the empowered battle cry all women deserve.
The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women/Naomi Wolf (Author)
he bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity.
In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."