If you are looking for a lighter feminist text that is both easy to read and educational, I would recommend, We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie is a Nigerian writer who navigates her understanding of being a “feminist” through personal and shared experiences.
“Gender, as it functions today, is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry.” – Adichie
I purchased Adichie’s text for $4 on Google Books.
I read Nina Power’s One Dimensional Woman in my fourth year Discourse Analysis class. Power takes a different approach to feminism by critically analyzing modern-feminism and consumerism in our Western society. From Sarah Palin to pornography, to war and even chocolate, Power challenges patriarchy and societal norms using an unusual but necessary light.
I believe this text was cheaper to buy in Google Books than at my university’s bookstore!
I picked up Laurie Penny’s Unspeakable Things while browsing my local public library shelves. She dives into gender identity and the logic of women-branding. She challenges how society depicts females as a commodity and how women subconsciously “sell” themselves due to the realm of capitalism. Her subtitle says it all, sex, lies, and revolution!
This text is much longer than the first two I recommended but definitely worth it!