Summer is coming.
YES IT IS!
I know Ottawa’s been chilly and grey and I’ve been forced back into my winter jackets. Yes, I saw the SNOW Monday morning. I don’t care! I’ve lived in this city long enough to know that there’s always one last gasp of wintry weather before soaring temperatures and sunny skies banish the blustery, cold bravado once and for all.
These grey clouds won’t dampen my optimism. May is but a few days away. I saw tulips in the park! THE TIME IS AT HAND!
Almost-summer is when I usually start gearing up for the Ottawa Fringe Festival. This year I decided not to submit a production, opting instead for a slightly more relaxed start to the season. My shrink says it’s important to take a break every now and then, which is true. But after four years, I’ve come to expect a surge of activity around now and I find I’m jonesing for some kind of new project.
Fortunately, I may have found just the thing.
Recently, my friend Ruthanne and I were discussing the fact that while we’re pretty passionate feminist, we haven’t actually read a ton of feminist literature. Without the demands of a show to prepare for, now might be the perfect time to rectify that situation. My first impulse was to dive into the hard-core canon and get all up in the Friedan and DeBeauvoir. Then I remembered that I suck at dense intellectual lit. The fatigue associated with being a working parent has compromised my reading comprehension. Plus, I have a bad habit of being distracted by shiny things.
But I do like to read, especially in bed and it’s a practice I’d like to rekindle. After doing some browsing online and looking through some of my old “To Read” lists, I put together a list of feminist-focused titles that are meaty enough to raise my girl-power cred, but light enough to be digested by my work/parenting addled-brain. So this summer (IT IS NIGH), imma be boning up on my fem-lit. Here is:
My Fabulous Feminist Summer Reading List
- The Body Project: An Intimate History Of American Girls – Joan Jacobs Brumberg
- The Courage To Raise Good Men – Olga Silverstein and Beth Rashbaum
- The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted: And Other Small Acts Of Liberation – Elizabeth Berg
- Feminism Is For Everybody – bell hooks
- Free To Be You And Me – Marlo Thomas and Friends
- Full Frontal Feminism – Jessica Valenti
- Manifesta – Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards
- Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Reality TV – Jennifer L. Pozner
- Yes Means Yes: Vision Of Female Power & A World Without Rape – Jaclyn Friedman
And…in case in case all the easy summer reading leaves me blissfully un-agitated, I’ve added this highly rated anti-feminist selection:
In the interests of getting gold stars from my therapists I’ve no goal other than “read whichever of these books I want”. But I will blog about what I do read, and let you know what I thought.
Also? I do have one other project in the works, but I’ll tell you more about that on May 1st. Stay tuned!
Do you have a favourite feminist author? What are you reading and doing this summer? Are you excited for the warm weather (any day now) or are you sad to see winter go?