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Girl Talk: a guide to reading for young feminists and their allies

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The #MeToo movement is perhaps one of the most visible arms of the women’s rights movement today. Initially used in 2006 by on social media by activist Tarana Burke to discuss womens collective experience of sexual harassment and sexual assault, the use of the phrase seeks to empower women through solidarity and the power of numbers. The movement has highlighted the problems inherent in a society that continues to perpetuate a ‘boys will be boys’ attitude, minimizing the pervasiveness of rape culture and toxic masculinity. The movement has sought to show how detrimental this is, not only to women and girls in our society, but also for men and boys.

Featured Novel: What Kind of Girl (ebook) by Alyssa Sheinmel

What kind of girl stays after her boyfriend hits her? The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker's girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal's office and said Mike hit her. But her classmates have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if Mike was hurting her? Obviously, if it's true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true? Some girls want to rally for his expulsion and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out. This is an unflinching and resonant tale that examines how society treats women and girls and inspires the power to claim your worth.

"Important, raw, timely, and ultimately hopeful...demands readers discuss the trauma of teen dating violence and how girls are so often taught--even expected--to internalize their victimization." ~ Shannon M. Parker, author of The Girl Who Fell

"Both timely and timeless, a powerful exploration of abuse in its many forms, as well as the strength it takes to rise up and speak your truth." ~ Amber Smith, author of The Way I Used to Be 

"A rallying cry." ~ Booklist

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