This has been a very strange semester so far, and I'm less than a week in. Amongst other things, my Women & World Religions comps essay prof did another review of my bibliography, and suggested some changes. I found this odd for two reasons: 1) I thought we'd agreed on the official booklist at the beginning of summer, which is why I started reading then, and 2) she suggested I dump one of the books she herself suggested!

I don't quite get it, but except for one suggestion she made I do think the list will be fine — perhaps even improved, I hope! — with these new titles. So, after these yet more unexpected revisions, this is hopefully finally the ultimate, complete, set-in-stone version of the bibliography I'll be reviewing for my Women & World Religions comps essay. As previously, I'll try to link in at least the first post of all reviews I write. Enjoy!

Theorizing Patriarchy Past & Present

  1. Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner (1987)
  2. Goddesses, Whores, Wives and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity by Sarah B. Pomeroy (1995)
  3. Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War by Barbara Ehrenreich (1998)
  4. Who Cooked the Last Supper? The Women's History of the World by Rosalind Miles (2001)
  5. Gaia's Gift: Earth, Ourselves and God after Copernicus by Anne Primavesi (2003)
  6. Rule of Mars: Readings on the Origins, History and Impact of Patriarchy by Cristina Biaggi (2006)
  7. Misogyny: The Male Malady by David D. Gilmore (2009)
  8. Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment by Phil Zuckerman (2008)
  9. Refusing to be A Man: Essays on Sex & Justice 2nd ed. by John Stoltenberg (1998)


  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 Invisible Sex: Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory by J. M. Adovasio, Olga Soffer & Jake Page (2009)
  9. Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray, & What It Means for Modern Relationships by Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jetha (2011)
  10. Matriarchal Societies: Studies on Indigenous Cultures Across the Globe by Heide Göttner-Abendroth (2012)
  11. The End of Men: and the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin (2012)


  1. "Poetry is Not a Luxury" 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 Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology (2006)
  5. The Real Wealth of Nations: Creating a Caring Economics by Riane Tennenhaus Eisler (2008)
  6. Sharing the World by Luce Irigaray (2008)
  7. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn (2010)
  8. Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World by Wangari Maathai (2010)
  9. The Empowerment Manual: A Guide for Collaborative Groups by Starhawk (2011)
  10. The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs & Scott Kurashige (2012)
  11. Ending Violent Crime Cheaply & Permanently: A Vision Of A Society Free Of Violence by Medicine Story (2012)
  12. Mighty be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed A Nation at War by Leymah Gbowee (2013)


  1. "Decolonizing Native Women" by Lee Maracle, from Daughters of Mother Earth, edited by Barbara Alice Mann (2006)
  2. "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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