About Challenge | Join In
This is a blog devoted to the reading challenge Women Unbound. The challenge runs from November 2009-November 2010, but you may join in the fun whenever you wish! Participants are encouraged to read nonfiction and fiction books related to the rather broad idea of ‘women’s studies.’ The definition according to Merriam-Webster
the multidisciplinary study of the social status and societal contributions of women and the relationship between power and gender.
For nonfiction, this would include books on feminism, history books focused on women, biographies of women, memoirs (or travelogues) by women, essays by women and cultural books focused on women (body image, motherhood, etc.). The topics I’ve listed aren’t mean to be exhaustive; if you come across a nonfiction book whose subject is female-related, it counts! Of course, if you’re not sure you can always ask about it in a comment. And if you need some ideas for specific books, check out the ‘Reading Lists’ page.
It’s trickier to say what is applicable as fiction. Obviously, any classic fiction written by a feminist is applicable. But where do we go from there? To speak generally, if the book takes a thoughtful look at the place of women in society, it will probably count. At the end of the day, it’s up to you to explain in your review why you chose this for the challenge and its connection to women’s studies. Once again, if you need some specific ideas, check out the ‘Reading Lists’ page.
One quick note about author gender. There isn’t a rule if a book’s written by a woman it counts and if by a man it doesn’t count. I firmly believe that men can be feminists and that not all women are feminists. As long as the book adheres to the definition of women’s studies I’ve shared above, it counts.
Interested in participating? Great! There are three levels you can choose as a reader:
- Philogynist: read at least two books, including at least one nonfiction one.
- Bluestocking: read at least five books, including at least two nonfiction ones.
- Suffragette: read at least eight books, including at least three nonfiction ones.
You don’t have to have a blog (if you don’t have one, e-mail me your reviews and I’ll post them here) or choose which books you want to read ahead of time. That being said, if you have a blog, you can sign up via Mr. Linky, preferably including a link to your post about joining the challenge (and your book list if you have one)! Be sure to choose your favourite button to go along with your post.
If you have created a list, be sure to pop over and share it in the comments of the Reading Lists page as well.
If you love women’s studies, and would like to write a guest post for this challenge blog, please e-mail us (astripedarmchairATgmailDOTcom, aarti.nagarajuATgmailDOTcom, or bkclubcareATgmailDOTcom)! It’s not necessary, but I think it’d be fun for the blog to have various discussions of women’s issues.
Also, this whole challenge began thanks to the excitement of people on Twitter. If you’d like to talk about it on Twitter, we’ve been using the hashtag #unbound.