List of best radical books authored by women

Who can help compile a list for me?

I want to read some good books by women.


like fiction/lit or nonfic/theory?


Monica Ali, The Bechdel Test, Tarana Burke, Judith Butler, Octavia E. Butler, Kimberlé Crenshaw, A Cyberfeminist Manifesto for the 21st Century, Angela Davis, Simone de Beauvoir, Leslie Feinberg, bell hooks, Donna Haraway, Ursula K. Le Guin, Leta Hong Fincher, Audre Lorde, Janet Mock, Sonia Shah, Assata Shakur and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak.

A few too many Lenino-Stalinists on your list

Are prisons obsolete? by Angela Davis
The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

nevada by imogen binnie

Cindy Milstein is interesting and approachable

She was mean to me.

Autonomous Feminism (spin-off from autonomous Marxism): Silvia Federici, Selma James, Mariarosa della Costa. See especially "Caliban and the Witch" and "The Power of Women and the Subversion of Community".

eco-feminism: Maria Mies, Vandana Shiva, Val Plumwood, Robyn Eckersley, Chellis Glendinning, Starhawk.

International Relations Feminism (it's more fun than it sounds); Cohn, War, Wimps and Women; Enloe; Whitworth; Charlesworth. What I love about this stuff is that it bashes the state and statist solutions to global problems.

classical anarchism: Emma Goldman, Voltairine de Cleyre. Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley (of Frankenstein fame) belonged to the same circle as William Godwin, though they weren't anarchists.

libertarian Marxism: Alexandra Kollontai, Rosa Luxemburg, Clara Zetkin.

fiction: Ursula le Guin (especially The Dispossessed), Margaret Attwood, Marge Piercy. There was also a wave of feminist utopian fiction in German. See Sargisson, 'Contemporary Feminist Utopianism' and Bammer, 'Partial Visions'.

There's also a lot of good stuff on this list, especially the older stuff:

1960s/70s/80s feminism: early feminists are often more anarchistic than today's feminists. I'm a big fan of The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer (inb4 transphobe, there's none of that shit in there). Also Mary Daly, Shulamith Firestone, Ann Oakley, Juliet Mitchell, and Simone de Beauvoir are worth a read.

French poststructuralist feminism (be warned, it's an acquired taste): Helene Cixous, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Monique Wittig. The first reply already covers most of the English-speaking poststructuralists, poststructuralist-feminists, Queer, and postcolonial writers... I agree with the reply, they're mostly Maoist-influenced idpols. Angela Davis and Assata Shakur have written some great stuff about prisons and pigs though.

Also "History of Shit" by Dominique Laporte. Alice Becker-Ho was married to Debord, I wonder if she ever wrote anything.

If you read Spanish there's also Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui who's a Bolivian indigenous anarchist.

There's also a history of women mystics like Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Sienna, and there's some in the Buddhist tradition as well.

Should I mention Ayn Rand? Probably not.

Fuck Ayn Rand - she was not even remotely an anarchist (or radical)! Bad writer and Laissez-faire capitalist

Harsha Walia - Undoing Border Imperialism
Julie Serrano - Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive
Danielle L. McGuire - At The Dark End of The Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance - a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power (talks about the militancy of black women during MLK Jr's praise of Non-Violence)
Angela Davis - Are Prisons Obsolete?
Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz - An Indigenous People's History of the United States

Octavia Butler - Kindred - Sci Fi and historical fiction
N.K. Jemisin - Broken Earth series - Sci Fi Fantasy fiction
Ursula K. LeGuin - Lathe of Heaven - Sci Fi and dystopian critique of liberal well-intentioned use of power
Margaret Atwood - Handmaid's Tale - Dystopian future society
Arundhati Roy - The God of Small Things - fiction based on current and historical events/context; she was brought up on obsenity charges for this book, for sexuality of two people, one of which was in the Untouchables Caste
Adrienne Rich - poetry and critique of White Feminism

the essence of jargon. haven't read it, but it exists in english.

But you're her secret admirer, no?

Me, or other poster?

Not secret admirer, no. Just not sure how far OP was casting the net of "radical", or what their commitments are. Ancap is not my thing, I'm into egoism, immediatism, autonomism, Situationism, Deleuze. But there's not a huge amount written in these fields and a lot of it is anonymous (thus not genderable). Also we're seeing a lot of suggestions in the general vein of idpol, Maoist, pomo which are also neither anarchist nor "really" radical. Actually a lot of this stuff is very complicit in current capitalist recomposition - social credit, social cohesion, Spectacle-over-substance, lowering the bar to criminalisation and so on. The illusion that "woman writer = idpol writer" or even "all feminists are idpol/pomo/Maoist" needs to be burst really.

True not all feminists being idpol/pomo/Maoist, however they are into GP, gender politics and intersect with RP race politics mostly. Idpol is a psychological proposition whilst GP and RP are physiological facts.

Yeah, that's what idpols tend to claim, but I'm not sure it's actually true. Sure most women are affected by gender politics in their lives, but people don't necessarily have to write about their lives. And if they're not a feminist and they've never been to a consciousness-raising group then gender politics might not even be something they're aware of. There's lots of women out there writing standard detective fiction, thrillers, corny romance novels, shit like Twilight and 50 Shades, or stuff for kids (like JK Rowling, or Enid Blyton), which only has the most remote connection to gender politics or else has reactionary gender politics. Maybe there's small stylistic differences, more prominent female characters but that's about it. Also there's lots of famous autistic people who write stuff and never write about ableism or psychopolitics, they just write about their special interest. There's all kinds of speculation about Einstein, Wittgenstein, Kafka, Lovecraft, they tick all the boxes for aspie but it wasn't even a category back then, and of course they don't write about it. With literary figures it comes out a bit in how they present the world, but a scientist or a programmer can literally just write their special interest. Also people with other disabilities, Gramsci and Bakhtin come to mind. It's maybe in the background, Bakhtin talks a lot about the body and grotesque bodies but never disability directly. And it's the same with race, there's non-white World Bank economists who you would never know were non-white except for the fact that they have names like Jagdish Bhagwati and Deepak Lal and there's a picture of them on the dustjacket. I'm sure all these people suffered ableism or racism or sexism to some degree at some point, but not everyone writes about their own lives... that's one of the places idpol goes wrong, a novel or a theoretical work is not just a long Facebook post. Just because idpols love to navel-gaze and then dress it up like navel-gazing is innate to oppressed groups, doesn't mean everyone else with the same positionality does the same. Also the fact that not everyone is "conscious", that bodily experience doesn't directly create some kind of gendered or raced perspective, is a decisive problem with their account. Nobody thought that it did back in the 70s, even the most radical feminists thought that women have false consciousness until they go through CR for example. Because there's never simply bodily experience, there's different ways of interpreting things and there's ways of denying things or not joining up dots so as to not arrive at "consciousness". Look at the chapter in Shreve's "Women Together, Women Alone" on rape... every woman in the group had the reaction, "why are we talking about rape, none of us has been raped". Yet actually all of them had suffered some kind of relevant experience, and yet their first reaction was that the topic was not relevant to them. Somewhere along the lines, pomo and neoliberalism prohibited false-consciousness claims, everyone has to pretend that everything's just experience and narration and we're always in control of our narratives, but you basically can't have positionality-based liberation politics without false-consciousness claims because there's too much empirical diversity in the actually-existing perspectives of people within any given positionality category.

lived the life of a radical. Anyone can write a book of radical ideas or fiction from a comfy chair by the fire with a full belly. So, books by women who lived the life and managed to live long enough to write about it. I understand many were killed or simply never had the opportunity to put it down on record. Thanks.

I only read radical books by women authors who have been exposed to sexist abuse and rape whilst growing up, been forced into marriage and have been domestic sex slaves and made to have children and been beaten by their husbands.

^^This was meant as a parody of the logic of anti-intellectualism.

I only read books which have at least two female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. That saves a lot of time trying to understand nonfiction.

Angela Y. Davis: my favorite counter-revolutionary Stalinist scumbag. Indispensible for all anarcho-reading lists.

And last but not least: Cindy Milstein. My simply ab-fav simpering liberal.

Michelle Tea - "Black Wave" - (Drugs and lesbian sex in SF)
Chris Kraus - "Torpor" - (Radical art and Ulrike Meinhof)
Etel Adnan - "Of Women and Cities" - (feminist writing)
Donna Haraway - "The Cyborg Manifesto" - (pro-tech culture crit).
Clarice Lispector - "The Hour of the Star" - (radical art)
Marguerite Duras - "The Seawall" - (story of a rebellious young woman, loosely autobiographical)
Cookie Mueller - "Walking Through Clear Water..." - (radical subjectivity)
Bernadette Mayer - "Utopia" - (freaking great book of poems)
Lynne Tillman - "Haunted Houses" - (growing-up stories)
Fanny Howe - "In the Middle of Nowhere"- (story of artist & single parent, autobiography)
Fanny Howe - "What Did I Do Wrong?" - (radical prose poem from POV of homeless dog).
Arundati Roy - "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" - (Radical Historical Fiction).
Leslie Marmon Silko - "Ceremony" - (Indigenous Pueblo writer)

Ursula LeGuin has been cited at least twice above, which is appropriate since she was an openly anarchist sci-fi writer. Should also list her The Left Hand of Darkness. This is about a world where everyone is physically bisexual, or rather, asexual for most of the time but "chooses" one or the other sex during a reproductive time--a brilliant feminist use of sci-fi to explore issues of gender, in my opinion.

"woman and nature: the roaring inside her" by susan griffin
a truly incredible, lyrical and almost undescribable book.
like if you appreciate fredy perlman or adrienne rich, this is like their baby, turned up to 11