2018’s Reading List | Vol. 5 / No. 11.1

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So I probably should be writing about the Golden Globes, and allyship, and how Patty Jenkins and Daniel Kaluuya were robbed, and fake allyship, and James Franco being a predatory dick. I also should probably explain why my posts have consistently been late for the last… month? Yeah, month. Hopefully just a month. But the thought of doing all of that makes my brain make a sound like a dying manatee. Instead, I’m going to emphasize the fact that feminism is a process, not just a practice. So I’m listing the books that I’m hoping to read in 2018 in order to continue my education as an intersectional feminist. I’m even adding links, so you can read with me! These are in no particular order or category. Because the thought of trying to organize things made my brain making that dying manatee sound again.

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock

The Crunk Feminist Collection by Brittney Cooper, Susana M. Morris, and Robyn M. Boylorn

Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America

Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America by Melissa V. Harris-Perry

We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler

We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools by Monique W. Morris

Delusions of Gender by Cordelia Fine

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyon by Morgan Parker

The Right Way to be Crippled and Naked: The Fiction of Disability: An Anthology edited by Sheila Black, Michael Northen, and Annabelle Hayse

Witches, Sluts, Feminists: Conjuring the Sex Positive by Kristen J. Sollee

Tainted Witness: Why We Doubt What Women Say About Their Lives by Leigh Gilmore

All the Lives I Want: Essays About My Best Friends Who Happen to Be Famous Strangers by Alanna Massey

Double Bind: Women on Ambition edited by Robin Romm

Body Horror: Capitalism, Fear, Misogyny, Jokes by Anne Elizabeth Moore

The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filipovic

“You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People by Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura A. Jacobs

Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive by Julia Serrano

So that is my 2018 reading list. Am I going to actually manage to read all of these books? Almost certainly not! Am I probably missing things that would make this even better and more intersectional? Almost certainly so! But I will do my best to read them all, and use them as a starting point for even further reading.


Don’t go to grad school, kids. You’ll never be able to stop learning and it is an actual sickness. Good luck in 2018. We’re all gonna need it.


Elle Irise is a regular contributor to This Week In Tomorrow. When she’s not making feminist new year’s resolutions to share, she studies gender in popular culture.


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