Recommended Bibliography on Women Issues

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

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)

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

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

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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. 

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)

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

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

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

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)

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

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.