Summer reading from the Clayman Institute

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Summer reading from the Clayman Institute

by "Gender News" staff on Friday, June 3, 2016 - 2:43pm

summer readingSummer is the perfect time to mull over a great book—or better yet, several great books. Over the past year, we’ve featured articles on a number of books written by Clayman-affiliated scholars. This summer, we are recommending thought-provoking reads from respected feminist authors we hope will continue to stimulate and inspire great discussions. We suggest Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's “We Should All Be Feminists,” “The Feminist Utopia Project,” edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff Nalebuff, and “We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out,” by Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino.



We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. 



UtopiaThe Feminist Utopia Project

Alexandra Brodsky & Rachel Kauder Nalebuff

In this groundbreaking collection, more than fifty cutting-edge voices, including Melissa Harris-Perry, Janet Mock, Sheila Heti, and Mia McKenzie, invite us to imagine a truly feminist world. An abortion provider reinvents birth control, Sheila Bapat envisions an economy that values domestic work, a teenage rock band dreams up a new way to make music, Katherine Cross rewrites the Constitution, and Maya Dusenbery resets the standard for good sex. Combining essays, interviews, poetry, illustrations, and short stories, The Feminist Utopia Project challenges the status quo that accepts inequality and violence as a given—and inspires us to demand a radically better future.



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We Believe You: Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault Speak Out

Annie E. Clark and Andrea L. Pino

More than one in five women and five percent of men are sexually assaulted while at college. Some survivors are coming forward; others are not. In We Believe You, students from every kind of college and university—large and small, public and private, highly selective and less so—share experiences of trauma, healing, and everyday activism, representing a diversity of races, economic and family backgrounds, gender identities, immigration statuses, interests, capacities, and loves. Theirs is a bold, irrefutable sampling of voices and stories that should speak to all.