You may have seen the posters up around the Northern Illawarra, advertising the Thirroul Feminist Book Club!
Organiser Ali Woods says the idea for the group was sparked by the election of Donald Trump.
“Like a lot of people, I was shaken up by that,” she says. “I was feeling pretty scared and hopeless about my place in the world. Starting the book club was something I could do to feel I was fighting back in a small way.
” I think there’s something quite powerful in a group of people coming together to talk and exchange ideas on a particular topic, especially when it comes to pushing back against things like sexism, racism and homophobia.”
And Ali says they’re looking for members.” I’ve considered myself a feminist since I was a teenager,” says says, “and reading the important second and first wave feminist texts had a big impact on shaping my view of the world, my politics and my identity.
“I also love reading in general, so that passion for feminism and books has been with me for a long time.”
“Each member will get a turn to pick the book for that month,” she says. ” We’ll read anything which could be considered feminist, which means feminist theory books as well as fiction books with a feminist theme.
“The book for April will be the Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf.
If you are interested in joining the Feminist Book Club please contact Ali at firstname.lastname@example.org