This book was so much fun to read! Feminist’s Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies is a collection of essays curated by Scarlett Curtis by women from all walks of life – to actresses, activists, comedians, and writers. Some essays are obviously better than others, but overall this was an enjoyable read. The essays are short enough that the book breezes by and I ended up devouring this in a day and a half.
The book is split into different sections: Epiphany, Anger, Joy, Poetry Break, Action, and Education. My favorite essays came from the Epiphany, Anger, and Education sections.
The essay by Kat Dennings, “The Catastrophizer’s Alphabet” had me laughing out loud because if anyone has had an over protective mom (like I did) this essay will resonate with you.
Keira Knightley’s essay, “The Weaker Sex” has been making the rounds in tabloid magazines with out of context quotes of Kate Middleton. Read this essay in its entirety, it’s powerful.
“Tell Him” by actor Jameela Jamil should be a required reading for ALL men everywhere.
“The Power of the Period” by activist Amika George details the bullshit that is known as the Tampon Tax and how BULLSHIT IT IS. #FreePeriods
The last two essays in the Education section, “If You Can’t See It, How Can You Be It?” and “A Short History of Feminist Theory” were by far my top two faves in the entire book. I liked them so much I scanned the pages and made PDF’s of these two essays for future reference. I even sent the “A Short History of Feminist Theory” PDF to a co-worker of mine (and she loved it).
This was a library book and I wish I had bought it because there were so many times I wanted to highlight things but couldn’t.
This series of essays are a good introduction to current feminist issues if you, or someone you know, is looking for a place to start. My only critique of this book is that I wish the essays had gone deeper and had been more informative. A lot of what I read felt like a summary of an issue or a 1-2 page introduction to an issue. But I believe the purpose of this book was to make the reader curious enough to then go and research these issues, organizations, and people on their own — because I have definitely been doing just that since finishing this book.
Until next time!