Friday, March 22, 2013

The 10 Best Books for Young Feminists

At a book festival last year, I bought Rookie Yearbook One, edited by Tavi Gevinson. I had heard about Rookie, the online magazine for teenage girls that Gevinson started in 2011 to fill the gaping void left by the absence of Sassy, the late '80s/early '90s glossy that spoke to girls about sex and sexuality, politics and activism, current events and more without being coy or condescending.

"Our content respects a kind of intelligence in the readers that right now a lot of writing about teenage girls doesn't," Gevinson told the New York Times in 2011. Indeed, Rookie has gone on to cover street harassment, transgenderism, bodily functions such as menstruation, drug and alcohol abuse, surviving in a small town, coming out, and being biracial while also featuring interviews with Aubrey Plaza, John Waters, Joss Whedon, David Sedaris, Daniel Clowes and others, and how-tos on zine making, thrift store shopping, and more.

The best of Rookie's online content has been gathered in Rookie Yearbook One, published in 2012 by Drawn & Quarterly. Flipping through it at the book festival and later in the comfort of my home, I caught myself smiling at the clever, self-aware writing and being thankful that teenage girls today have a publication that speaks to them intelligently about weighty matters and encourages them to be whole human beings. For this reason, I'm not surprised that Rookie Yearbook One is among "The 10 Best Books of the Year for Young Feminists" as determined by the Amelia Bloomer Project, which is part of the American Library Association.

In addition to Rookie Yearbook One, other books the Amelia Bloomer Project picked as being among the best for young feminists include A Little F'd Up: Why Feminism Is Not a Dirty Word, by Julie Zellinger; Grace and Grit: My Fight for Equal Pay and Fairness at Goodyear and Beyond, by Lilly Ledbetter; Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers, by Sarah E. Warren; and Womanthology: Heroic, by various authors. These books and five more were selected for their significant feminist content, excellence in writing, appealing format, and age appropriateness for young readers.

To see all 10 of the best books for today's young feminists, go to THIS LINK.

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