Novelist and acclaimed author of The Fragments of My Father, Sam Mills's new book Chauvo-Feminism: On Sex, Power and #MeToo (The Indigo Press, February 2021) examines the hypocrisy of men whose public feminism starkly contrasts with their private actions. Check out Sam's list of books that inspired her essay, from Lauren Elkin's Flâneuse, to Helen Lewis's Difficult Women.
Grayson Perry£10.99 £10.22
A witty and perceptive book about what it is to be a man in the 21st century, examining the rigid roles that men are often cast into and the damage this does to men.
Betty Friedan£9.99 £9.29
Credited with sparking the second wave of feminism in the US, this book gave voice to a generation of women who felt unhappy and alienated in their narrow roles as mothers and housewives, and helped to liberate women from the domestic sphere.
Lauren Elkin£9.99 £9.29
A glorious mixture of memoir and cultural history, Elkin’s book explores the Flâneuse – ‘a determined resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk’, examining figures such as George Sands, Agnes Varda and Sophie Calle.
Invisible Women: the Sunday Times number one bestseller exposing the gender bias women face every day
Caroline Criado Perez£10.99 £10.22
Criado Perez highlights how the world is still far from equal for men and women using a wealth of statistics. A few examples: women in Britain are 50% more likely to be misdiagnosed following a heart attack because heart failure trials usually use male participants. Meanwhile, women involved in car crashes are nearly 50% more likely to be seriously hurt, (even though men are more likely to crash) because cars are designed around the body of “Reference Man”. Invisible Women covers a rich range of subjects, from health, medical research, the workplace, govt policy and the media, the world has been built for and by women, with disastrous consequences for women.
Rebecca Solnit£12.99 £12.08
The titular essay of this superb collection went viral and prompted the creation of the term ‘mansplaining’ (though Solnit herself is often miscredited with coining the term). The collection also explores violence against women, knowledge and authority and Virginia Woolf.
Virginia Woolf£10.00 £9.30
Woolf’s iconic feminist essay argues that literature and history is a male construct that has been used to marginalise women, and includes her famous argument that ‘A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction’.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie£5.99 £5.57
A long form essay based on Adichie’s brilliant TEDx talk, this sums up all the main arguments of contemporary feminism in succinct, poetic, punchy prose.