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Other Feminisms is back from the holidays! To kick off the new year, I’m talking about the best books I read in 2021, and what I hope to read in 2022 (and I’m soliciting your recommendations, too).
On Thursday, I’ll share excerpts from your discussion of how design intended to be inclusive can wind up emphasizing that the person being included isn’t the kind of person the space was envisioned for.
Every year, I make two lists of books. The best books I read over the course of the past year and the books I’m aiming to read in the coming year. Looking over both, I can see how my reading has been shaped by writing Other Feminisms.
Publishing a new essay each week means I’m always reading a little hungry—looking for something worthy of discussion. And I go through my library shelves with some of the questions you’ve raised in comments in mind.
The first few books on my to-read list are definitely ones I expect to bring up in posts here, but it amuses me a bit to imagine where you all might anticipate I shift from books I consider Other Feminisms fodder to general interest reading.
Love’s Labor: Essays on Women, Equality and Dependency by Eva Feder Kittay
Forced to Care: Coercion and Caregiving in America by Evelyn Nakano Glenn
Designing Motherhood: Things that Make and Break Our Births by Michelle Millar Fisher
Career and Family: Women’s Century-Long Journey Toward Equity by Claudia Goldin
The Virtues of Limits by David McPherson
The Mystery of the Kibbutz: Egalitarian Principles in a Capitalist World by Ran Abramitzky
Kissing Christians: Ritual and Community in the Late Ancient Church by Michael Philip Penn
The Two Cities: A History of Christian Politics by Andrew Willard Jones
Sun Slower, Sun Faster by Meriol Trevor
Brisbane by by Eugene Vodolazkin
Perhaps it would help to know that, at home, I’ve been shelving what I think of as my “Other Feminisms” genre in between a category I think of as "Boundaries of the Human” (which includes books like The Most Human Human, Normal at Any Cost, and The Story of Pain) and the general History of Science/Medicine category.
Three of the books on my Best of 2021 list were definitely Other Feminisms reads:
The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought by Mara H. Benjamin
Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian by Sarah C. Williams
What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics by O. Carter Snead
Snead’s was my favorite book of the year (and I enjoyed getting to interview him). The Obligated Self is the biggest stealth influence, in that I haven’t yet gotten to write about it directly, but it informs a lot of what I have written.