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Intersectional Feminist Reading Challenge

Dearest readers and book lovers,

I would like to invite you to undertake an adventure to expand your intellectual horizons and become a force for change in the world.

Please join me and the community here at Disorient in the Intersectional Feminist Reading Challenge.

If you’re new here and aren’t completely sure what intersectional feminism is, please review my detailed explainer. Then come back and use this reading challenge as the perfect opportunity to propel your learning further.

No matter if you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned intellectual activist, this intersectional feminist reading challenge will be a great way to share your journey and struggle with like-minded folks.

The PDF tracker for Disorient's 2021 intersectional feminist reading challenge
Receive this fillable reading tracker when you sign up below

How to Participate

  1. Enter your name and email in the signup form and the PDF tracker will be sent to you. The tracker works both as a fillable form and a printable. You can type your book selections into the text boxes or you can print the sheet out and have it pinned up on your wall or fridge.
  2. The reading challenge provides six categories of books to help guide your selections:
    • Book by an Indigenous writer
    • Book by an LGBTQIA+ writer
    • Collection of writings
    • Book of poetry
    • Book with a color in the title (black and white are allowed)
    • Book on the Disorient reading list
      Take some time to brainstorm what you’d like to read in each category. You can write your idea/s in each of the category boxes.
      If you’re unsure about which books to choose, I’ll include a few sample challenges for you at the end of this post.
  3. Set a challenge level. By default, if you chose one book per category, you’ll have six books for the year, which would be a terrific achievement. Especially if you’re new to intersectional feminism, include some short digestible books written for a broader audience rather than get bogged down with multiple 500-page academic tomes. If you’d like to really up the ante for yourself, you can choose two books or more in some or all of the categories.
  4. The mix of non-fiction or fiction is completely up to you. I have suggestions for an all-fiction version of this challenge in the next section.
  5. Share your challenge on social media (with the hashtag #IntersectionalReads) or your own blog. Include a link back to this page so your friends and family can get inspired by your quest for growth and join the challenge too.

Ideas for Reading Lists

The Complete Beginner to Intersectional Feminism

The Seasoned Intersectional Feminist

The Fiction-Lover

A woman lays on her back on an olive sofa reading with a pile of books by her feet, joining in Disorient's intersectional feminist reading challenge
Photograph by cottonbro

My Own Reading List

I’ll also be joining you all in the 2021 intersectional feminist reading challenge. I hope to expand my own knowledge and add more recommendations to my ever-growing Readings and Resources page.

Join Us!

You set the pace.

I suggest either completing this challenge in six months (one book a month) or a year (one book every two months).

The most voracious readers among you may want to set yourself the challenge to read six books in one month!

Choose your books and share your personal reading goals on social media using the hashtag #IntersectionalReads and include a link back to this post for your family, friends, and followers. Your book suggestions may help inspire another fellow reader.


Learn More

See the Readings and Resources page to choose your book for the 6th category.

Featured image by cottonbro

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