Totally Awesome Women in Fiction

It’s hard to find novels with female characters who read like actual women. In this list of some of my favourites, I’ve tried to present women who lead their own lives, who aren’t sidelined for men, whose stories don’t revolve around other people, and who have depth and complexity existing beyond the necessities of plot. That meant I had to cut some obvious candidates (sorry, Hermione). There may be spoilers ahead. Read More Totally Awesome Women in Fiction

FemLit: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own

Today, we’re starting a new, weekly series of posts which will seek to spark lively discussions and raucous debates surrounding well-known and worthy books on feminism. Each weekly read will range from classics (like this week’s selection) to more contemporary works, with topics to include everything from the definition of feminism to its intersection with other famous “-isms” to the third-wave movement to the patriarchy to double-standards in sexuality to sexism in the media to porn to the legitimacy of “masculism.” There is clearly an expansive, varied tract of topics to cover, so, in the immortal lyrics of Madonna’s Vogue: “Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it.” Read More FemLit: Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own