Outrageous Reading List

Here are some books and articles that kept me fuming while working on my 'Right to Rage' show:

Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's Anger
Soraya Chemaly

'A transformative book urging twenty-first century-women to embrace their anger and harness it as a tool for lasting personal and societal change. Following in the footsteps of classic feminist manifestos like The Feminine Mystique and Our Bodies, OurselvesRage Becomes Her is an eye-opening book for the twenty-first century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.'

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
Rebecca Traister

From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement. Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

Burn It Down: Women Writing about Anger
Lilly Dancyger (Editor)

Contributors: Leslie Jamison, Monet P. Thomas, Lisa Marie Basile, Erin Khar, Marissa Korbel, Samantha Riedel, Evette Dionne, Melissa Febos, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, Rios de la Luz, Nina St. Pierre, Marisa Siegel, Dani Boss, Meredith Talusan, Shaheen Pasha, Lisa Factora-Borchers, Reema Zaman, Sheryl Ring, Minda Honey, Megan Stielstra, Keah Brown, Anna Fitzpatrick

In Burn It Down, a diverse group of women authors explore their rage-from the personal to the systemic, the unacknowledged to the public. 

Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology
Jess Zimmerman

A fresh cultural analysis of female monsters from Greek mythology, and an invitation for all women to reclaim these stories as inspiration for a more wild, more "monstrous" version of feminism.

Madeline Miller

“A bold and subversive retelling of the goddess’s story that manages to be both epic and intimate in its scope, recasting the most infamous female figure from the Odyssey as a hero in her own right.” ―The New York Times

Pandora's Jar
Natalie Haynes

Stories of gods and monsters are the mainstay of epic poetry and Greek tragedy, from Homer to Virgil to from Aeschylus to Sophocles and Euripides. And still, today, a wealth of novels, plays and films draw their inspiration from stories first told almost three thousand years ago. But modern tellers of Greek myth have usually been men, and have routinely shown little interest in telling women’s stories. Now, in Pandora’s Jar, Natalie Haynes –broadcaster, writer and passionate classicist – redresses this imbalance.

Stone Blind: Medusa's Story
Natalie Haynes

This is the story of how a young woman became a monster. And how she was never really a monster at all.

Hysterical: Exploding the Myth of Gendered Emotions
Pragya Agarwal

We've all heard the sayings that girls should be 'sugar and spice and all things nice', while 'boys don't cry'. In Hysterical, Pragya Agarwal dives deep into the history and science that has determined the gendering of emotions to ask whether there is any truth in the notion of innate differences between the male and female experience of emotions. She examines the impact this has on men and women - especially the role it has played in the subjugation of women throughout history - and how a future where emotions are ungendered might look.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
Brittney Cooper

Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage is what makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyoncé’s girl power anthems resonate so hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon.

And some bite-size rage:

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