#TopTenTuesday: Back to School – 10 Feminist Fantasies That Should Be on a Women’s Lit/Gender Studies Reading List 

Though old school feminist SFF writers like Octavia  Butler, Margaret Atwood, and Angela Carter seem increasingly present in college courses, I think the 10 books below have a lot to offer in terms of  diverse, important, feminist fantasy (though one is technically SF).

Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School

1) The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

  • It has: a disabled heroine; mother-daughter dynamics; lesbian relationships; three nations with vastly different sets of gender identities [one has 5!]; women everywhere doing everything including being heroes, villains, and abusers; a dark matriarchy in one culture that shows any kind of elevation of one sex over another breeds cruelty; women are portrayed as people, flawed, avaricious, heroic

2) A Crown for Cold Silver, by Alex Marshall

  • It has: a 50s+ heroine; a woman with an excellent mustache; great female villains [including a Satanic-esque female Black Pope]; war nuns; calling out obsessive love as the creepfest it so often is; female leaders; nuanced, dynamic female characters who grow, do bad things, grow some more

3) Weight, Jeanette Winterson

  • It has: a feminist take on the Hercules myth

4) Range of Ghosts, Elizabeth Bear

  • It has: non-traditional families; women opting out of motherhood for power; female wizards; sensitive polyamory; women breaking down cultural gender barriers; plotting women; matriarchal societies

5) Jirel of Joiry, C.L. Moore

  • It has: an amazing heroine, so ahead of her time and particularly progressive for pulp fiction

6) Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie

  • It has: an amazing take on gender – everyone was an assumed “she” or “her,” regardless of sex

7) Kissing the Witch: New Tales in Old Skins, Emma Donaghue

  • It has: feminist lesbian fairytale retellings

8) God’s War, Kameron Hurley

  • It has: brutal, nuanced, dynamic feminist characters

9) Son of Avonar, Carol Berg

  • It has: a visceral and lingering exploration of gender, misogyny, and patriarchy; a sweeping love story; a moving portrayal of loss

10) The Traitor Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson

  • It: explores colonialism, racism, homophobia, sexism, passing, code-switching

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