Recommended Reading

A (far from comprehensive) compilation of readings related to sexuality and gender.  This page is a constant work in progress.

Feel free to make suggestions or provide any feedback on the readings below that may be helpful to other readers.


– Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity For Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof

– Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

– Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture by Peggy Orenstein

– The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

When Women Were Priests: Women’s Leadership in the Early Church and the Scandal of Their Subordination in the Rise of Christianity by Karen J Torjesen

– Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America’s College Campuses by Donna Freitas

Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence edited by Lisa Factora-Borcher  Check out the website as well!


7 thoughts on “Recommended Reading

  1. fieara says:

    The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, Public Sex by Pat Califia, Wake Up Little Susie: single pregnancy before Roe v Wade by Rickie Solinger.

  2. cafeaulait13 says:

    Yes means Yes! and anything by Jessica Valenti, the founder of the blog Feministing. Backlash by Susan Faludi. Backlash is amazing reading, although more generally related to feminism as a whole and the rise of the neo-conservatives and the moral majority.

  3. Annie says:

    Women who run with the wolves – written by Clarissa Pinkole Estes opened my eyes…
    The courage to heal by ellen Bass and Laura Davis (literally saved my life….)

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