Um and can we all be members? And will there be wine?
Actress, UN Goodwill ambassador and celebrated celebrity feminist Emma Watson has decided that she would like to start a feminist book club. Which is obviously the greatest idea out there – who WOULDN’T want to be in a book club with Emma Watson/Hermione Granger?
Well, as long as there is wine involved, because we all know that’s the real reason people have book clubs. Right, guys?
Anyway, Watson announced her idea on Twitter today and opened it up to the floor/internet to help her decide what to call it.
Hi Team, ❤️ I want to start a feminist book club but so far have only brainstormed ‘Feminist Book Club’ and ‘Emma Watson Book Club’.
— Emma Watson (@EmWatson) January 6, 2016
Reactions were, well, they were enthusiastic and generally fitted one of three categories – very earnest, Harry Potter inspired or spinning off Watson’s HeForShe movement.
Here are some suggested names:
@EmWatson “Pankhurst Library”
— Aaron Dudfield (@AaronDudfield) January 7, 2016
— Christopher Fox (@cfoxwrite) January 6, 2016
.@EmWatson Hermione’s Army
— Vulture (@vulture) January 6, 2016
.@EmWatson Sisterhood of Prose, by Emma Watson. Or for short, S.P.E.W.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) January 6, 2016
We tend to agree with Buzzfeed that this was a rather stand-out option:
@EmWatson fEMMAnist book club
— christy (@karengiIIn) January 6, 2016
Watch this space.
Until the name is declared, it wouldn’t be the internet if we all didn’t put our two cents in. So here are the 12 books any card carrying feminist book club member – young and old – should be dissecting (over wine, obvi):
The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan
The Golden Notebook, by Doris Lessing
A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath
The Second Sex, by Simone De Beauvoir
The Female Eunuch, by Germaine Greer
Fat Is A Feminist Issue, by Susie Orbach
The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf
How To Be A Woman, by Caitlin Moran
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution, by Laurie Penny
Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
Full Frontal Feminism: A Young Woman’s Guide to Why Feminism Matters, by Jessica Valenti
From: ELLE Australia