Later edit: This bibliography has been seriously revised and updated due to professorial input. Check out the new version here.


There! That's all the reviews of all the books on my booklist for last semester's Ecofeminism comps class. I figured posting the original versions, before they were edited down to fit into the comps essay, would be the most thought-provoking and potentially helpful to both my sister scholars and other curious readers.

Now I'll be posting the books I'll be reading for the upcoming Fall 2013 "Women & World Religions" comps — enjoy! I'm starting during the summer, of course, since I want to get ahead on the reading, as well as have more time to ponder the fascinating concepts I'm supposed to be reviewing. Plus, let's face it: I do like mentally rambling, checking to see what concepts are similar to other works I've read and enjoyed. ;)

So, without further ado, here are the three subsections of my "Women & World Religions" comps class, and the list of books I am or will be reading. I'll try to link in at least the first post of all reviews I write. Enjoy!

Theorizing Patriarchy Past & Present

  1. Manhood in the Making: Cultural Concepts of Masculinity by David. D. Gilmore (1991)
  2. The Goddess and Her Heros by Heide Göttner-Abendroth (1995)
  3. Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War by Barbara Ehrenreich (1998)
  4. The End of Manhood: A Book for Men of Conscience by John Stoltenberg (1998)
  5. Who Cooked the Last Supper? The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles (2001)
  6. Gaia's Gift: Earth, Ourselves and God after Copernicus by Anne Primavesi (2003)
  7. Daughters of Mother Earth: The Wisdom of Native American Women ed. Barbara Alice Mann (2006)
  8. Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy by Cristina Biaggi (2006)
  9. Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman (2008)
  10. Sky Train: Tibetan Women on the Edge of History by Canyon Sam (2009)


  1. Fire Eyes by Soraya Miré (1994)
  2. "Bones of Contention: Catholic Nuns Resist their Enclosure" by Ulrike Strasser in Unspoken Worlds: Women's Religious Lives edited by Nancy Auer Falk and Rita M. Gross (2001)

Women's Cultural History

  1. Female Power, Male Dominance: On the Origins of Sexual Inequality by Peggy Reeves Sanday (1981)
  2. Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (1995)
  3. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks (2000)
  4. The Tending Instinct: Women, Men, & the Biology of Relationships by Shelley E. Taylor (2003)
  5. Women at the Center: Life in a Modern Matriarchy by Peggy Reeves Sanday (2003)
  6. "Chopsticks only Work in Pairs": Gender Unity & Gender Equality Among the Lahu of Southwest China by Shanshan Du (2003)
  7. Iroquoian Women: The Gantowisas by Barbara Alice Mann (2006)
  8. The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology (2006)
  9. The Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory by J. M. Adovasio, Olga Soffer & Jake Page (2009)
  10. Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha (2011)
  11. Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Cultures Across the Globe by Heide Göttner-Abendroth (2012)
  12. The End of Men: and the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin (2012)


  1. "Poetry is Not a Luxury" by Audre Lorde in The Black Unicorn by Audre Lorde (1995)
  2. "Possession Sickness & Women Shamans in Korea" by Youngsook Kim Harvey in Unspoken Worlds: Women's Religious Lives edited by Nancy Auer Falk and Rita M. Gross (2001)

Women at the Forefront of Healthy Cultural Change

  1. Woman in the Shaman's Body: Reclaiming the Feminine in Religion & Medicine by Barbara Tedlock (2005)
  2. We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Inner Light in a Time of Darkness by Alice Walker (2006)
  3. Amazon Grace: Re-Calling the Courage to Sin Big by Mary Daly (2006)
  4. The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics by Riane Tennenhaus Eisler (2008)
  5. Sharing the World by Luce Irigaray (2008)
  6. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2010)
  7. Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World by Wangari Maathai (2010)
  8. The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups by Starhawk (2011)
  9. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs & Scott Kurashige (2012)
  10. Ending Violent Crime Cheaply & Permanently: A Vision Of A Society Free Of Violence by Medicine Story (2012)
  11. Mighty be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed A Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee (2013)


  1. "An Organizational Approach to Undoing Gender: The Unlikely Case of Offshore Oil Platforms" by Robin J. Ely & Debra E. Meyerson in Research in Organizational Behavior vol. 30 edited by Arthur P. Brief & Barry M. Staw (2010)


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