“must-read” BOOKS

These are “must read” books written by some brilliant women who delve deep into some of the most emotionally wrenching issues faced by women everywhere. Some different feminist perspectives on individual women’s struggles for equality and respect in a world where so many of us have been treated like children or second class citizens.

“Defending Pornography - Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women’s Rights” by Professor Nadine Strossen, Esq.
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“Chess Bitch - Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport”, by twice United States Women’s Chess Champion, Women’s Grandmaster, and the USCF’s Chess Life on-line Editor, WGM Jennifer Shahade. Amazing insights. A great read.
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you can read WGM Jennifer Shahade’s blogs USCF’s Chess Life on line ( http://www.uschess.org ) where she’s the on-line editor. Her brilliant, concise and illuminating blog there is at http://www.uschess.org/main/content/category/15/28/343/ and her very interesting personal blog (especially for chess-players and other games-players) is at jennifershahade.com Jennifer_Shahade Chess-Bitch-Women-in-the-Ultimate-Intellectual-Sport-by-Jennifer-Shahade-back-cover

“Pregnant By Mistake - the stories of 17 women” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham (front cover) Pregnant-by-Mistake-the-stories-of-seventeen-women-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-front-cover “Pregnant By Mistake - the stories of 17 women” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham (back cover) Pregnant-by-Mistake-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-back-cover An Adopted Woman” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham - front cover” An-Adopted-Woman-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-front-cover “An Adopted Woman” by Katrina Maxtone-Graham - back cover An-Adopted-Woman-by-Katrina-Maxtone-Graham-back-cover Birthmark by Lorraine Dusky (front cover). The wrenching experience and perspectives of a natural motherBirthmark-by-Lorraine-Dusky-front-cover Birthmark by Lorraine Dusky - back cover Birthmark-by-Lorraine-Dusky-back-cover The Search for Anna Fisher by Florence Fisher - the story of her search The-Search-for-Anna-Fisher-front-coverThe Search for Anna Fisher by Florence Fisher (back cover) The-Search-for-Anna-Fisher-back_cover

There are a number of “Must Read” BOOKS I’d like to add to this list, one of which was mentioned in a comment below: It’s entitled: “The Tyranny of the Majority by Lani Guinier. More info about that book may appear here in the future. Also of note are the three books on our financial mess by Nomi Prins. There is a link to her site http://www.nomiprins.com/ on the right hand side somewhere by the other links.

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7 Responses to ““must-read” BOOKS”

  1. Vanessa S. Says:

    Interesting books. I’d like to read them. I like the Nomi Prins site too. You have good links. I’d like to suggest that you add the book “Tyranny of the Majority” by Lani Guinier to your list.

  2. Sadie Says:

    These books look interesting. Research, read and list more. That’s an order.

  3. Sandra Says:

    You can look these and other books up at http://www.books.google.com/

  4. withheld Says:

    Among the book related links you list I’d note that Jennifer Shahade’s site at http://www.jennifershahade.com is one with a feminist and compassionate perspective on the situation for women in Iran at the moment. Definitely worth reading.

  5. Panty Buns Says:

    Some Feminist and Libertarian Authors, Thinkers, Doers, and Organizations:
    The following relatively small and far from complete list of feminist and civil libertarian authors, thinkers, doers and organizations below is being entered here both as a post and as a comment. A large proportion of them were mentioned in ‘Acknowledgments’ in the professor Nadine Strossen’s book entitled ‘Defending Pornography - Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight For Women’s Rights’. There are many other feminist pro-free expression writers many of whom I hoping. perhaps wistfully, to eventually read and to add links for on this site. Since I’m a slow reader, not have staff or do this for free, I can only hope the readers have patience. The following post, like MOST POSTS ON THIS SITE WILL MOST LIKELY CONTINUE TO BE EDITED OR ADDED TO in the future. I hope that doesn’t mess up people’s RSS feeds or bookmarks. If it does, I hope you’ll accept my apologies. To be posted in Women’s Views Wanted, comments and comments to ‘Must Read Books’

    Varda Burstyn

    Avadon Carol, Feminists Against Censorship

    Angela Yvonne Davis

    http://www.theroc.org/roc-mag/textarch/roc-19/roc19-05.htm

    How Prosecutors Are Using Obscenity Laws To Stifle Dissent

    by Marjorie Heins, executive director of the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project
    The article mentioned above is excellent and I would highly recommend reading it.

    Nan Hunter

    http://www.ncac.org/
    National Coalition Against Censorship

    the late Leanne Katz was formerly the executive director of the
    National Coalition Against Censorship

    http://www.ncac.org/who-we-are/
    National Coalition Against Censorship -Who We Are

    The NCAC works to educate its own members and the public at large about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose them. Its membership includes 50 non-profit corporations.

    It was heartening to see the following quote featured prominently on the NCAC’s ‘Who We Are’ page: “they that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Benjamin Franklin

    http://www.ncac.org/coalition/
    NCAC The Coalition

    50 national not-for-profit organizations make up the National Coalition Against Censorship. Diverse organizations, representing the artistic, educational, religious, and labor communities join together in the interest of protecting First Amendment rights.

    There are links to those 50 organizations on the web-page.

    http://www.ncac.org/art-law/top-nude.cfm
    NCAC Art Law Library: Nudity
    References to a few Supreme Court cases where attempts were made at censorship of nudity under the pretext of protect children or to avoid controversy.
    http://www.ncacblog.wordpress.com/
    Blogging Censorship
    from the National Coalition Against Censorship
    Wendy Kaminer
    Sylvia Law

    Thelma McCormack

    Carlin Meyer, professor of law, New York Law School

    http://www.ffeusa.org/
    Marcia Pally
    president of Feminists for Free Expression

    Katha Pollitt

    Ann Snitnow

    Professor Nadine Strossen, Esquire Professor of Law at New York University and the author of ‘Defending Pornography - Free Speech, Sex, And The Fight For Women’s Rights’
    This is a definitive work on the subject by the former president of the American Civil Liberties Union

    Carol Vance

    the late Ellen Willis founded the Feminist Anti-Censorship Taskforce

    There Was a brief article about Ellen Willis written by Alix Kates Shulma on November 13th, 2006 in the Jewish Women’s Archive entitled: ‘We Remember - Ellen Willis, 1941 - 2006′ http://jwa.org/weremember/willis (July 27, 2009).

  6. Panty Buns Says:

    Another book that might be interesting reading is entitled ‘the purity myth - How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women’ by Jessica Valenti http://jessicavalenti.com/?page_id=38 . Jessica Valenti is the Executive Editor at Feministing http://www.feministing.com , a platform for women to comment, analyze, influence, and connect.

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