5 Books Young Feminists Needs To Read

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Young people’s developing minds are a battlefield in the never-ending wars between different ideologies at conflict with one another for which there’s no rest between each successive battle to convert them to a specific cause. The youth is the future and every single one ideologue out there knows it.

Because that’s how the situation has been and will continue to be, feminism cannot simply stand idly by while so many other hostile ideologies are out there, ready to prey on young minds and indoctrinate them to their toxic ways and problematic concepts.

We must reach to them first and introduce them to our way of seeing the world, to create an increasingly feminist friendly youth that will help to build a better, equality-laden society. We can start this monumental task by doing something as simple as introducing to the best books a young feminist could read.

#1 Speak by Laurie Halse Ansderson

Speak is a powerful book about a high school girl, Melinda, who loses her voice after being raped by an older student. She becomes an outcast with no friends and finds solace in her art class. This book is powerful for young feminist boys and girls. It not only highlights how common sexual assault is, but also how lonely and powerless a survivor can feel. As Melinda regains her voice, readers are reminded that their stories matter.

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#2 In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

This book is wonderful for a young feminist, regardless of their gender. It showcases the contributions of amazing women in a variety of fields and crafts. My favorite aspect of this book is that it takes the idea of feminism and moves it away from a solely political perspective. While politics and political activism are important and inherent in feminism, this book highlights a different and valuable part of the female and feminine experience.

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#3 The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

If you’re searching for a fantasy graphic novel for young (and adult) readers focused on witchcraft, children resisting the traditional gender roles in their lives, and the power of supportive friendships across differences, The Witch Boy is for you! The story follows Aster, a boy who dreams of being a witch in a family where every boy is raised as a shape-shifter and only girls are raised to be witches.

This book is an excellent way to start (or continue) conversations with young readers about challenging the arbitrary confines of traditional gender roles in their own lives, and serves as a reminder to adult readers to believe children about who they are instead of telling them who they’re supposed to be.

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#4 No Secrets By: Israeio La’eida Holloway

Body Safety For Children: No Secrets By: Israeio La’eida Holloway is multi-cultural interactive discussion book for parents on how to appropriately educate their children on body safety/body boundaries for child sexual abuse prevention.

Abusers can be neighbors, friends, and family members. Individuals who sexually abuse children can be found in families, schools, churches, recreation centers, youth sports leagues, and any other place children gather. Significantly, abusers can be and often are other children. About 90% of children who are victims of abuse know their abuser. Approximately 30% of children who are sexually abused are abused by family members.

The younger the victim, the more likely it is that the abuser is a family member. Of those molesting a child under six, 50% were family members. Family members also accounted for 23% of those abusing children ages 12 to 17. About 60% of children who are sexually abused are abused by the people the family trusts.These are alarming statistics. How do we protect our children? As parents you should have the body safety talk with you children so they can be equipped with the knowledge necessary to prevent abuse.

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#5 I Gave Up Men For Lent by Kacie Main

In I Gave Up Men for Lent, Kacie tells her own story of self-reflection, but really she is telling the story of every girl who is trying to balance pursuing love with defining her own self-worth; every child trying to build healthy adult relationships with their family members; every young professional trying to understand the intersection of motivation and contribution. Read this book and you’ll better understand yourself and those you love the most!

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Contributors to this article
Lindsey Turnbull from MissHeard Media

Bethany Raab from Raab Counseling & Consulting Services

Jett Bachman from Day One

Israeio La’eida Holloway from Darkeness to Light

Kacie Main from Kacie Main LLC

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