Feminist Books

Online Books

The complete works of Andrea Dworkin are available here: http://radfem.org/dworkin/

In particular, we would recommend:

Pornography: Men Possessing Women

Beginning with a powerful look at male power – how it manifests itself and where it comes from – this book is a no-holds-barred look at the human meaning behind the images in pornography.

Right-Wing Women

Inspired by Andrea Dworkin’s tour of the US South, this book looks at the phenomenon of conservative and anti-feminist women. What is going on? Why would any woman oppose her own liberation movement? Are these women just brainwashed and stupid, as some liberals believe? Or do these women know something that liberals are ignoring?

Despite being written more than 30 years ago, this book continues to be more timely than ever in light of recent political events.

Intercourse

One of Dworkin’s more esoteric works, this book gave rise to the misconception that she believed “all (heterosexual) sex is rape.” In reality, her argument is much more subtle.

Looking at examples from male literature, law, and history, she shows how male culture has defined intercourse as conquest and domination. Using a feminist analysis, Dworkin asks why. Is there something inherent in the physical act that makes it unequal? Or is it only unequal because of social circumstances in a patriarchy?

And perhaps most importantly: if social and political equality is achieved for women, will the act become fundamentally different in some way? In this monumental work that blurs the line between image and reality, Dworkin looks at how male culture can be re-defined and turned on its head to give woman a voice. In doing so, she provides some possible routes to real sexual equality.

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You can also find some more online books here: http://radfem.org/category/various-authors/

We would especially recommend everything by Sheila Jeffreys.

RFU Virtual Library

More information coming soon. Please stay tuned.

Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library can be a good resource for hard-to-find radical feminist books, including currently out-of-print books.

More Resources

Thrift Books is an online used bookstore that ships across North America. Many books are $3-10 a piece.