Do you believe in the political, social, and economic equality of the sexes?
If you do, congratulations, you’re a feminist!
By now, it’s no secret that I’m a feminist. If you want to be even more specific, I am an intersectional feminist (more on that coming later). I am also far from a perfect feminist; I have SO much more to learn! Which is why I started the Feminist Happy Hour online book club and Facebook group. Consider this a safe space to explore what feminism is to you, and how you can live out your feminist values in your life.
I want Feminist Happy Hour to be a SAFE place for people who are interested in feminism as an identity. That means that your questions will be answered with compassion and privacy; anything shared in Feminist Happy Hour will be kept to the group unless specific permission is granted.
What about the book club part?
I’ll keep this part simple: I know that you are busy. I know that finding time to read is hard, if not impossible. Which is why we are going to be doing a collection of essays in Feminist Happy Hour, rather than an entire book. That means you just have to buy ONE book, and read a few pages a month. A lot of the essays we’ll be reading are even free(!!!).
I chose the Essential Feminist Reader because it has a great collection of both classic and contemporaries essays on the subject.
We will be starting at the beginning (almost), with A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, written by Mary Wollstonecraft in 1792 (you can get it for free here). In this essay, Wallstonecraft responds to the idea that women shouldn’t be granted an education because of their sex. I personally haven’t actually read it yet, so I think our discussion is going to be great! I’m looking forward to learning alongside all of you. Want to join?
Please note that in an effort to keep out the troll-y trolls, I will be requiring that people answer a few questions prior to being approved. Even if you aren’t knowledgeable with the topic (yet), just try to answer to the best of your ability! I just want to make sure that people aren’t asking to join just so that they can be hostile to the rest of us. Again, I want Feminist Happy Hour to be a SAFE place.
Our first discussion will be taking place the week of July 16.
Instead of doing it all as an event, however, I will be posting one question every day of the week (seven total). That way everyone can participate on their own time and leisure.
I really would LOVE to have you join. Even if you aren’t confident in your feminist identify; ESPECIALLY if you aren’t confident in your feminist identity, come figure it out with us. It’ll be fun, I promise.