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April 6, 2009

WAM! Book List

We could have filled an entire suitcase with all of the books that we wanted to buy at the WAM! bookstore last weekend. So we thought it would be fun to put together a book list with the books that we did buy, books by the awesome women who were on the panels that we attended, and by other WAMmers that we didn't get the chance to meet. We tried to get as many as we could from our memory and from all of the WAM materials that we brought home, but if anyone reading this was there and can think of any that we forgot, shout them out in comments! Also, we're using Amazon images below just for convenience, but of course it's awesome if you can support your local feminist or indie bookstore by shopping there instead.

I picked up Jessica Valenti's latest, The Purity Myth. (Jessica wasn't at WAM but feministing editors Samhita and Miriam were.) They also had her other books, Full Frontal Feminism and He's A Stud, She's A Slut And 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know.

Of course, they also had Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power & A World Without Rape, which was co-edited by Valenti and Center for New Words Program Director and all-around WAM Goddess Jaclyn Friedman. It also includes pieces from WAM presenters Lisa Jervis, Cara Kulwicki, Miriam Zoila Perez, Julia Serano, and Latoya Peterson.

We attended an awesome panel on group blogging that featured Latoya Peterson (who is editrix of Racialicious.com for those who don't know, and why don't you?) along with Deborah Siegel and Shira Tarrant of Girl w/Pen. Siegel is the author of Sisterhood Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild and editor of Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo. Tarrant is the author of Men and Feminism and When Sex Became Gender and editor of the anthology Men Speak Out: Views on Gender, Sex, and Power. (Lilith bought Men Speak Out, so I'm sure I'll be trading my Purity for Men pretty soon, ha ha see what I did there? ...okay, moving on.)

We attended a couple of panels that featured the fabulous Jennifer Pozner, founder of Women in Media & News. She's currently working on a new book about reality TV called Reality Bites Back, and as admitted Vh1 addicts you know we can't wait for that.

We went to a really great panel on writing op-eds that featured Catherine Orenstein, founder and director of The OpEd Project. Her book Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality, and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale is already on my 'to buy really soon' list.

Bitch magazine co-founder Lisa Jervis is just a rockstar. She's the co-editor of Young Wives' Tales: New Adventures in Love and Partnership and Bitchfest: Ten Years of Cultural Criticism from the Pages of Bitch Magazine, has contributed to Body Outlaws, The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order, and Tipping the Sacred Cow, and is working on a cookbook called Cook Food: A Manualfesto for Easy, Local, Healthy Eating.

We went to a really interesting workshop on reproductive health stories to track in the new administration that featured Kiki Zeldes from Our Bodies, Ourselves, which is just a bookshelf essential.

The opening night keynote panel, Women Reporting from the Global Frontlines, was moderated by Joni Seager, author of Atlas of Women in the World and Earth Follies: Coming to Feminist Terms with the Global Environmental Crisis.

Joanne Bamberger, aka PunditMom, was on the panel at Blogging for the Man: Challenging the Commodification of Online Communities. Her writing will be featured in Kirtsy Takes A Bow: A Celebration of Women's Online Favorites.

Lynn Harris and Kara Jesella were on the panel How to Work in the Mainstream Media - and Why You Want To. Harris is the author of the comic novels Death by Chick Lit and Miss Media, and Jesella is the co-author of How Sassy Changed My Life: A Love Letter to the Greatest Teen Magazine of All Time.

The Women & Investigative Journalism panel featured Sarah Posner, author of God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters; Silja Talvi, author of Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the U.S. Prison System; and Adele Stan, author of Debating Sexual Correctness.

Esther Kaplan of FOIA for Feminists: Cultivating Sources, Crunching Data, Unearthing Documents and Other Investigative Techniques is the author of With God on Their Side: George W. Bush and the Christian Right.

The Make Money From Your Writing panel featured Sue Katz, author of the awesomely titled Thanks But No Thanks: The Voter's Guide to Sarah Palin.

The panel What's Next? Media's Mixed Messages to Women featured Caryl Rivers, author of Selling Anxiety: How the News Media Scare Women and Same Difference: How Gender Myths Harm Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs.

In/Out of Focus, Broadening a Feminist Lens: Gender, Non-Conformity and the Media featured Julia Serano, author of Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity.

The WAM Roundtable on the Economy featured Tracy Van Slyke, co-author of Beyond the Echo Chamber: How a Networked Progressive Media Can Reshape American Politics, which will be released this fall. And Women & the Economic Crisis: Getting Beyond the Corporate Media Narrative featured Susan Feiner, co-author of Liberating Economics: Feminist Perspective on Families, Work and Globalization.

Soul Brown from Making Girl Media Makers: The Whys and Hows of Youth Media is featured in From Totems to Hip-Hop: A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry Across the Americas 1900-2002.

The panel Women's Voices & New Media Policy included Mari Castaneda, an Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts Amherst whose work is featured in Latina/o Communication Studies Today.

And the pre-conference session that we attended, PR: Getting Your Work Out There, included Rochelle Lefkowitz, president of Pro-Media Communications and co-editor of For Crying Out Loud: Women and Poverty in the United States.

If there isn't at least one book on that list that you're interested in checking out, I don't know what to tell you. Seriously, you might want to seek help.

1 comment:

Heather said...

OH EM GEE! Thank you! I am a relatively new feminist with huge interests in global feminism, men and feminism, and media and feminism and am so glad you provided me with like a whole year's worth of learning.