Feminism

Sexuality/Relationships
Dirty Little Secrets: Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity, Kerry Cohen
Communion: The Female Search for Love, bell hooks
Purity Myth, Jessica Valenti*
Loose Girl, Kerry Cohen*
Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation, Leora Tanenbaum
King Kong Theory, Virginie Despentes
The Feminist Porn Book, Tristan Taormino (Ed)
Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women’s Love and Desire, Lisa M. Diamond

Motherhood/Parenting
Perfect Madness, Judith Warner
The Conflict, Elisabeth Badinter
The Paradox of Natural Mothering, Chris Bobel
Raising America, Ann Hulbert
My Mother/My Self: The Daughter’s Search for Identity, Nancy Friday

Black Feminism
When Chicken-heads Come Home to Roost, Joan Morgan
Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde
Sister Citizen, Melissa Harris-Perry
Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America, Ayana Byrd & Lori Tharps
Shifting: The Double Lives of Black Women in America, Charisse Jones & Kumea Shorter Gooden*
Naked: Black Women Bare All About Their Skin, Hair, Hips, Lips, and Other Parts, Ayana Byrd and Akiba Solomon (Eds)
Ain’t I A Woman? Black Women & Feminism, bell hooks
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment, Patricia Hill Collins
Sista, Speak!: Black Women Kinfolk Talk about Language and Literacy, Sonja L. Lanehart
Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home, Anita Hill

Women of Color
This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Cherríe Moraga & Gloria E. Anzaldúa, Eds.
Loving in the War Years, Cherríe Moraga
The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait, Carlos Fuentes
YELL-Oh Girls! Emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American, Vickie Nam
Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism, Daisy Hernandez
Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Chandra Talpade Mohanty

We found a really great list here, too.

Domesticity
Homeward Bound, Emily Matchar
Second Shift, Arlie Hochschild

Music
Girls to the Front, Sara Marcus
What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal, Laina Dawes
Pretty in Punk: Girl’s Gender Resistance in a Boy’s Subculture, Lauraine Leblanc

Body Image/Eating Disorders
Appetites: Why Women Want, Caroline Knapp
Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, Courtney E. Martin
The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf
The Body Project, Joan Brumberg
Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, Susan Bordo

Alcoholism/Drug Use
Prozac Nation, Elizabeth Wurtzel
Drinking: A Love Story, Caroline Knapp

Men/Masculinity
Guyland, Michael Kimmel*
Packaging Boyhood, Lyn Mikel Brown, Sharon Lamb and Mark Tappan
The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private, Susan Bordo

General/Politics
The End of Equality, Beatrix Campbell
Bitch, Elizabeth Wurtzel
Towards a Feminist Theory of the State, Catherine A. McKinnon
Backlash, Susan Faludi
The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing: For Writers, Editors and Speakers, Kate Swift
Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work Is Done, Susan J. Douglas*
Reflections on Gender and Science, Evelyn Fox Keller
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, Ariel Levy
Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement, Sarah Erdreich
Of Woman Born, Adrienne Rich
Women, Race & Class, Angela Y. Davis
Feminism is for Everybody, bell hooks
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, Jessica Valenti
Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, Debora Spar
A Little F’d Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word, Julie Zeilinger

Girlhood
Packaging Girlhood, Sharon Lamb and Lyn Mikel Brown
Odd Girl Out, Rachel Simmons
Cinderella Ate My Daughter, Peggy Orenstein
So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids, Diane Levin
Invisible Girls: The Truth About Sexual Abuse, Patti Feuereisen
Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween, Melissa Atkins Wardy
Girls Like Us Rachel Lloyd

Poetry
The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton
Selected Poems by Gwendolyn Brooks
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf, Ntozake Shange

This list is by no means exhaustive. Please leave suggestions in the comments section!

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