5 Valuable Essays by Women That Every Young Woman Should Read
From blogs to social media, the Internet has been one of the best outlets for increasing the visibility of female writers.
We decided to round up some of our favorite essays by women so that you too can feel inspired and moved.
1. "The Fantasy Of Being Thin" by Kate Harding
Chicago-based writer Katie Harding founded "Shapely Prose" in 2007 and has since contributed some hilarious, poignant pieces on feminism and fat politics to the internet space. In "The Fantasy of Being Thin," Harding debunks the myth that equates being thin to a more purposeful and fulfilling life. "'The Fantasy of Being Thin' is not just about becoming small enough to be perceived as more acceptable. It is about becoming an entirely different person — one with far more courage, confidence, and luck." Harding lets us in on the importance of self-acceptance — something widely ignored in today's appearance-focused society.
2. "All the Young Girls" by Mary H.K. Choi
Years of anticipating first days at camps, schools and colleges alike is more so a universal feeling for a lot of people, but moving to New York City fresh out of college is a whole new playing field. "All the Young Girls," is an ode to ambitious, young women who've set out to move to the big city learning while navigating the sometimes rocky transitions. Choi includes relatable anecdotes on friendships, career, and the occasional warnings that most of the time, things do not go as planned. "Being a new girl here is a lot to process. Your dopamine receptors are haywire from so much of what feels like the right kind of attention and you preen out of paranoia," she writes.
3. "We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adicie
Nigerian-born author made waves after her Ted Talk titled "We should all be feminists" became a viral sensation and the backdrop to Beyonce's most listened anthems of 2014, "Flawless." Acidchie adapted her talk into an essay by the same name where she breaks down feminism that demystifies the word's "negative baggage," in a way that is accessible and to everyone.
4. "My Misspent Youth" by Megan Daum
In very honest words, Daum speaks about the sacrifices and consequences that come along with pursuing a dream in New York City.
5. "Not Here to Make to Make Friends" By Roxane Gay
Writer Roxane Gay breaks down what exactly it means to be likable and how perceptions of likability differ in the real world between men and women and in fiction between different types of characters. "An unlikable man is inscrutably interesting, dark, or tormented but ultimately compelling even when he might behave in distasteful ways. When women are unlikable, it becomes a point of obsession in critical conversations by professional and amateur critics alike."
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