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  • Writer's pictureTova Ekenberg

Reading feminist literature is psychological self-defense

Therefore, I encourage you to take part of what women are imagining, observing, discoursing, subverting, preserving

Despite what others might say or think

Books are liberators 

Reality is was we are creating

And women are creating space for women to be spacious


Today is the 8th of March. ♀️ A great day to connect with the ancestry of women and queers who came before and have fought for our rights to live decent normal human lives.

Thank you! May you rest in peace! May I live in celebration and pleasure in honor of your pain and struggle. I will gift it forward.

The plan today was to gather women and folks from my community to explore what happens when we gather with the intention of support and celebration.


I'm still under the weather from a cold, so the actual meet-up was canceled.

So now I ask you instead:

How we can support and build resilience as women and in women-bodies? How do we celebrate womanhood and highlight what is amazing with being born as female?

What does it mean to be a woman 2023? How does oppression look like? Where are we holding ourselves back? Where are we held back? What parts of us could fly wilder, stand more firm, be more soft?


You don't have to answer. Food for thought. Hope all of you find ways to empower the woman inside and the one next to you.

I also wanted to co-create a book table with literature on the theme. Here is what I had at home, feel free to add to the library by recommending a book in the comments that is speaking on womanhood, gender, feminism or simply have inspired you to misbehave or drop in way deep.

Some of my favorites:


Egalias Döttrar av Gerd Brantenberg

Våtmarker av Charlotte Roche

Penetrering av Unni Drougge

Women who run with wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés


Kring denna kropp av Stina Wollter


Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good by adrienne maree brown

Revolting prostitutes: The fight for sex workers’ rights by Molly Smith and Juno Mac

Everyone should be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay

Flickan och skulden av Katarina Wennstam

Fittstim av Linda Skugge/Belinda Olsson

-Comics / Graphic novels

Liv Strömquists comic albums (Prins Charles Känsla, Ja till Liv!, Kunskapens Frukt m.m.

Jag är din flickvän nu av Nina Hemmingsson

Kvinnor ritar bara serier om mens av Sara Olausson

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