A few days ago, I got a piece of incredible news: my new book, Feminine Genius, was placed on Bustle’s list of “13 Books To Read If You Feel Alone In Your Feminism.” I was totally floored.
And then the list of the 13 books was published, and my heart fell out of my body. Feminine Genius is on the list with books like Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés’ Women Who Run With the Wolves, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Heartbreak, a new book by Andrea Dworkin.
Women Who Run was the first book I ever read in which I felt the glimmer that being a woman needn’t be a life of bondage, inferiority, and fakeness.
Holy shizzle, I’m on a page with my own personal shero lighthouse as well as writers and thinkers that blew open the doors of my mind in college!
In the company of such great champions of women, do I feel alone in my feminism?
Here’s what happened to let me know that yeah, I kind of do. The other week in spin class, a friend of mine said to the folks in class, “Hey, did you know LiYana just wrote a book?”
Woman #1: “That’s great, congratulations. What is it?”
Me: “Feminine Genius.”
Woman #1: “Oh, I’m not a feminist. I want my partner to take out the garbage.”
Woman #2: “I’m a strong woman, but I’m definitely not a feminist.”
Me [inside my own head]: Huh? read full post ››