The Twitter Team
Hello fellow feminists and readers! I’m Poppy (@popbadger), I‘m really excited we’ve started this blog and very glad you’re all joining us, I think it’s going to be an exciting thing to be part of.
About me, I’m 23 & live with my parents and 2 cats in Yorkshire, and am about to start a Social Studies degree with Open University. A recent convert to the feminist cause, I have met so many fantastic women on Twitter who have been so friendly and helpful, and always open to discussion, that I wanted to talk to them in more than 140 characters, and after asking for reading recommendations and getting overwhelmed with replies, Feminist Book Club was created!
I’ve always loved reading, as an only child I escaped into books & had adventures with the characters, investigating with the Famous Five (yes, sexist gender roles, I know, that’s one of the many things I am interested in discussing with you all!), learning with Horrible Histories, being entranced by Roald Dahl and Phillip Pullman (eek, men, sorry!), loving My Secret Garden, the What Katy Did’s, Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna. Through my teens I discovered and loved Terry Pratchetts Discworld, and the vampire books by Anne Rice, and recently have read any interesting novels I can get my hands on, anything that’s available in my local British Heart Foundation bookshop! I especially love mthys, magic, fables, fairytales, (Jonathon Strange & Mr Norell by Susanna Clarke, oh, it’s wonderful) but am not keen on crime novels, and am trying to read history novels thanks to Alice’s recommendations.
I had my feminist awakening just over a year ago, and found a whole new world of reading material out there, but where to start? (and despite being helped and supported by the wonderful women on Twitter there is a lot I have still to learn, and I really worry about saying the wrong thing, so when I do please call me out on it, and educate me, I will not have meant to upset anyone, so advice and explanation will be gladly welcomed) There’s so many fantastic things written by women that I’d like to read, love, shout about, so I’m hoping that with the advice and knowledge of experienced feminists, the words that need sharing can be shared and we can all discover and discuss together. Thank you for being a part of this.
I’m a 24 year old history graduate, currently training to be a lawyer, and I live in Brixton with my boyfriend and our kitten, Oscar. I’ve been annoying my family from about the age of six by always having my nose in a book and so am so pleased to be involved in this book club!
The earliest books I remember reading were Enid Blyton books; Famous Five, Secret Seven, The Faraway Tree.. the list is endless. I ignored all the classics as I grew up, preferring Melvin Burgess, Phillip Pullman, Poppy Z. Brite. To this day, I still haven’t managed to finish a single Austen or Bronte book…
I still love reading history, and can never resist a good historical fiction novel – Hilary Mantel being my favourite. I also love travel writing; there is nothing better than collapsing on the sofa, rain battering the windows outside, a cup of tea in one hand, and a sunny, warm country within the pages of your book. The flipside to that is my love for dystopian novels. I found Aldeous Huxley’s ‘A Brave New World’ really inspirational, and of course 1984. My second reading of Handmaid’s Tale left me gasping with recognition at times.
I think my feminist awakening began with reading The Women’s Room. I haven’t read many feminist texts but am hoping to change that with this book club! I loved Helen Kennedy’s ‘Eve was Framed’ – of how the whole legal system is set up against women. Her writing is really informed with studies, and yet very readable at the same time. As Poppy says, I’m also relatively new to feminism and am so thankful to all the women I’ve been speaking to already for teaching me so much – long may that continue!
I love reading as a way of learning about new ideas, different times, different cultures; I love reading as sheer escapism. I am really looking forward to checking out all of the recommendations we’ve had already, and can’t wait for our first discussion!
The Blog Team (A.K.A. One Woman Army Stilli)
I’m a 24 year old chemical engineer, though I’m actually unemployed due to disabilities. I live in the NE of England with my spouse (frequently referred to as Spouse – creative, I know!), two rabbits (Maisie and Smudge), and a sweet but slightly mad puppy called Clover. To sum up my relationship with books, I’ll just tell you this: when I was in primary school, I got special permission to read in the library during breaks instead of playing with the other children.
I read a lot of science fiction, fantasy, and YA books, but I will truthfully read just about anything aside from crime and historical fiction – though this may change with this project! I struggle with the classics, though… I would tell you my favourite authors but, well, I have two full-sized bookcases overflowing with books, and over two hundred more on my Kindle, so if I go down that road we could be here for a while!
I’ve been a feminist for more or less my whole life – it’s hard to be a woman in the sciences and not be aware of the injustices women face in at least some sectors of society – but have only really become a more active and politically aware feminist over the last year or so. I’m still learning loads, so please, please tell me if I fuck up, I’m always open to being called out.
For all I love reading and feminism, in terms of feminist texts I’m actually pretty poorly read – I’m hoping that’ll change with this little project of ours. So welcome, and thank you for being a part of this journey with us!