We read a great deal individually and as a staff. We strive to continuously improve our knowledge and understanding of a number of topics, even if we disagree, and see this as essential to movement building and sustaining. We’ll be sharing what we’re reading with you.
If you have book recommendations for us, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our team is currently reading Roxane Gay’s “Hunger,” a memoir that’s anything but just a memoir. Its riveting prose reminds us that the journey to self-awareness and love can be a lonely and complicated road. With this work, though, Gay shows us the journey is necessary, especially for survivors of trauma and sexual abuse. Gay discusses the battles of her life and some of the coping mechanisms that soothed her. The author’s openness beckons its reader to look at self-care in a more intimate way. By boldly accepting her past, she shows women that they, too, can cope with trauma, on their own terms, and in their own time.
Gay presents the intricacies of intersectionality—her reality of being a large, Black queer woman in a society that deems obesity a death sentence, Black a threat, and being a woman a political experiment more so than a reality many live. We implore you to join Gay on her attempt to lose herself inside of her own body only to discover that she gained a renewed purpose in life: to challenge the constraints of societal norms by being her authentic self (however that looks to others).
“Undivided Rights: Women of Color Organize for Reproductive Justice” (Silliman, Fried, Ross) discusses the oft-ignored role of Black women and women of color in the discussion of the history of women’s rights in America and their quintessence in what is now known as the reproductive justice and health movements. The progress and challenges all women faced habitually ignore … well, all women who are not white and middle class. Issues and challenges are often discussed in ways that exclude how nonwhite women are impacted. This text highlights the responses and reactions of Black women and women of color fighting to have their needs and issues addressed in an ever-growing women’s rights movement.