Recommended Bibliography on Women Issues

Laurie Abraham’s “Teaching Good Sex.”  New York Times.  16 November 2011 

Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010)

American Psychological Association’s “Sexualization of Girls” (2007)

Katie Baker’s “Here is the Powerful Letter the Stanford Rape Victim Read Aloud to Her Attacker.”  BuzzFeed News.  3 June 2016

Daniel Bergner’s “What Do Women Want?”  New York Times.  22 January 2009

Shmuley Boteach and Pamela Anderson’s “Take the Pledge:  No More Indulging Porn.”  Wall Street Journal.  31 August 2016

Jimmy Carter’s A Call to Action:  Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (2014)

Stephanie Coontz’s Marriage, A History:  How Love Conquered Marriage (2006)

Stephanie Coontz’s The Way We Never Were:  American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (1993)

Amy Cuddy’s Presence:  Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (2016)

Jared Diamond’s Why Is Sex Fun?  Evolution and Human Sexuality (1997)

Gail Dines’ Pornland:  How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexulaity (2010)

Anson Dorrance and Gloria Averbuch’s The Vision of a Champion (2005)

Baz Dreisinger’s Incarceration Nations:  A Journey to Justice in Prisons around the World (2016)

Michael Eric Dyson’s “Track 4, ‘Cover Your Eyes as I Describe a Scene so Violent’:  Violence, Machismo, Sexism, and Homphobia” in Know What I Mean?  Reflections on Hip Hop (2007)

Rick Eckstein’s How College Athletics Are Hurting Girls’ Sports:  The Pay-to-Play Pipeline (2017)

B. Ehrenreich, E. Hess, and G. Jacobs’ Re-Making Love:  The Feminization of Sex (1986)

Riane Eisler’s Sacred Pleasure:  Sex, Myth, and the Politics of the Body—New Paths to Power and Love (1995)

Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ Women Who Run with the Wolves:  Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype (1992)

Susan Faludi’s Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women (1991)

Martin Ford’s Rise of the Robots:  Technology and the Threat of Jobless Future (2015)

Nathaniel Frank’s Awakening:  How Gays and Lesbians Brought Marriage Equity to America (2017)

Editors, Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler’s Anne Frank:  The Diary of a Young Girl, The Definitive Edition (1995)

David M. Friedman’s A Mind of Its Own:  A Cultural History of the Penis (2001)

Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti’s  Yes Mean Yes:  Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape (2008)

Carol Gilligan’s The Birth of Pleasure:  A New Map of Love (2002)

“’Girls & Sex’ and the Importance of Talking to Young Women about Pleasure.”  Fresh Air:  NPR.  29 March 2016. 

Jack Holland’s Misogyny:  The World’s Oldest Prejudice (2006)

bell hooks’ All About Love:  New Visions (2000)

bell hooks’ The Will to Change:  Men, Masculinity, and Love (2004)

Valerie Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, and Chad Emmett’s Sex & World Peace (2012)

Lisa Jackson’s (Director).  It Happened Here (2014)

Robert Jensen’s Getting Off:  Pornography and the End of Masculinity (2007)

Alisha Keys’ “Time to Uncover.”  Lenny.  31 May 2016. 

Melvin Konner’s Women After All:  Sex, Evolution, and the End of Male Supremacy (2015)

Amelia Marran-Baden’s “College Students Want to Talk about Sex.  They Just Don’t Know How.”  New York Times 26 June 2017

Robert McChesney and John Nichols’ People Get Ready:  The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy (2016)

Claire Cain Miller’s “How to Raise a Feminist Son.”  New York Times.  1 June 2017

Patricia Miller’s “The Worst of Times.”  Psychology Today.  1 May 1993

Greg Mortenson and David O. Relin’s Three Cups of Tea (2007)

Inga Muscio’s Cunt:  A Declaration of Independence (2002)

Jay Newton-Small’s Broad Influence:  How Women Are Changing How America Works (2016)

Michelle Obama’s “On Donald Trump’s Alleged Treatment of Women.”  NPR

Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam’s “21st Century Sex.”  Utne Reader. (September-October 2011)

Peggy Orenstein’s Girls and Sex:  Navigating the Complicated New Landscape (2016)

Peggy Orenstein’s “When Did Porn Become Sex Ed?”  New York Times 20 March 2016

CJ Pascoe’s Dude, You’re a Fag:  Masculinity and Sexuality in High School (2007)

Pamela Paul’s Pornified:  How Pornography is Damaging our Lives, our Relationships, and our Families (2006)

Lynn Phillips’ Flirting with Danger:  Young Women’s Reflections on Sexuality and Domination (2000)

Sam Polk’s “How Wall Street Bro Talk Keeps Women Down.”  New York Times. 7 July 2016

Katha Pollitt’s Pro:  Reclaiming Abortion Rights (2014)

Robert Putnam’s Our Kids:  The American Dream in Crisis (2015)

Nancy Redd’s Body Drama:  Real Girls, Real Bodies, Real Issues, Real Answers (2007)

Andrew Reiner’s “Talking to Boys the Way We Talk to Girls.”  New York Times.  15 June 2017

Andrew Reiner’s “The Fear of Having a Son.”  New York Times.  14 October 2016

Adrienne Rich’s Of Woman Born:  Motherhood as Experience and Institution (1976)

Katie Roiphe’s “Working Women’s Fantasies”  Newsweek.  

Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha’s  Sex at Dawn:  How We Mate, Why We Stray, and What it Means for Modern Relationships (2011)

Nancy Jo Sales’ American Girls:  Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers (2016)

Peggy Reeves Sanday’s Female Power and Male Dominance:  On the Origins of Sexual Inequality (1981)

Peggy Reeves Sanday’s Women at the Center:  Life in a Modern Matriarchy (2002)

Carmine Sarracino and Kevin Scott’s The Porning of America:  The Rise of Porn Culture, What it Means, and Where We go from Here (2009)

Susanna Schrobsdorff’s “A Distressing Summer of Workplace Sexism Reminds Us how Far We Have to Go.”  Time.  5 September 2016

Jon Shenk and Bonnie Cohen’s (Directors).  Audrie & Daisy (2016)

Anne-Marie Slaughter’s “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.”  The Atlantic.  July/August 2011

Martin Seligman’s Authentic Happiness (2002)

Sex Plus with Laci Green 

David Sheff’s Clean:  Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy (2013)

David Siegal.  “Does Porn Hurt Children?" New York Times.  28 March 2014. 

Olga Silverstein and Beth Rashbaum’s The Courage to Raise Good Men (1995)

Kate Taylor’s “Sex on Campus:  She Can Play that Game, Too.”  New York Times.  12 July 2013

Teen Girls and Social Media:  A Story of ‘Secret Lives’ and Misogyny.”  Fresh Air:  NPR.  29 February 2016

Derek Thompson’s “A World without Work.”  The Atlantic.  July/August 2015 

Rebecca Traister’s All the Single Ladies:  Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation(2015)

Jessica Valenti’s The Purity Myth:  How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women (2009)

Al Vernacchio’s For Goodness Sex:  Changing the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health (2014)

Naomi Wolf’s Promiscuities:  The Secret Struggle for Womanhood (1997)

Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth:  How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women (1991)

Gary Zukav and Linda Francis’ The Heart of the Soul:  Emotional Awareness (2002)


About Kathleen

Kathleen is an Associate Professor at Community College of Philadelphia, an author, a mother to three beautiful girls, and a wife for over 22 years.