This Christmas, we’re all about presents with a purpose. Whether it’s a plastic-free gift that’ll help stop pollution or a book that’ll really make someone think, sometimes feeding our Christmas consumer culture isn’t all bad.
That’s why we’ve picked out 10 top notch books that not only look great from the cover, but offer a wealth of learning and and experience in their pages too. We’ve all got that friend who’s a hardcore feminist, and that mate we really want to educate, so these reads will do the job whoever you’re buying for. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to pick up an extra one for yourself too.
Merry Christmas and happy reading!
What Would the Spice Girls Do?: How the Girl Power Generation Grew Up, £8.99
If you were coming of age in the nineties (while shouting girl power and flipping the peace sign at everyone in the street) then this book is for you. It explains how the iconic girlband created a generation of feminists, filled with heaps and heaps of nostalgia.
Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies): Amazing Women on What The F-Word Means to Them, £9.99
This much spoken about book brings together a wealth of experiences from women, spanning Keira Knightley to Jameela Jamil, each telling their stories on why they need feminism today. Even better, it’s published in partnership with the UN women’s foundation Girl Up, with 10 per cent of each sale going to the Girl Up charity.
Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman, £9.99
Through the lens of popular culture, Anne Helen Petersen explores the exciting rise of outspoken women over time, and how they’re becoming even more prominent today. This book will make you want to shout YAAASSSS KWWWEEEEEN at the top of your voice the second you pick it up!
We Should All Be Feminists, £3.25
At just £3.25, there’s no excuse not to buy this book for your friends, yourself, your parents and basically anyone you know. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short read rose to fame thanks to a feature in Beyoncé’s ***Flawless, and is now an modern-day icon of feminist texts.
Women and Power: A Manifesto, £5.99
If you haven’t already read this short yet powerful book, you NEED to. Like NOW. It uses easy-to-digest historical happenings to explain why and how society still views women as the weaker sex today and trust us, your mind will be blown.
Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays, £12.99
This book is essentially one big eye roll, as it inspired the term ‘mansplaining’ with its stories of guys who always think they know better than the woman they’re talking to. Spoiler: they don’t. It also goes into detail on rape culture, modern marriage and colonialism, making it a perfect all-rounder for the discerning feminist.
The Equality Illusion: The Truth About Men and Women Today, £7.19
The title of this read pretty much explains its content, with Kat Banyard detailing exactly why we need feminism more than ever. From the gender pay gap to sexual abuse, you’ll learn just how women are still being treated as substandard citizens despite many believing equality has been achieved.
The Beauty Myth, £4.99
First published in 1990, The Beauty Myth is still as relevant today as ever. Noami Wolf tears apart the oppressive standards placed on women by brands and the media, exploring the dangerous ways in which they’ve become a societal obsession.
Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, £7.40
Think sexism is on its way out? Think again. This book brings together interviews, research and insightful explanation to show just how our vision of women and femininity is narrowing more and more by the day.
The Periodic Table of Feminism, £9.99
Know your Simon de Beauvoir from your Mary Wollstonecraft? This fun yet powerful book looks at the women who have made and shaped the feminist movement, right throughout history up until the modern day. A perfect stocking filler for any decent human being.