Looking back on many of the fairytales I’ve grown up reading and loving, I’ve realised that the majority of them are incredibly sexist. They seem to indicate that women are not in control of their lives or their fate and are in constant need of saving. With awareness for feminism being the most it has ever been, it’s a wonder anyone thinks that reading these archaic, misogynistic stories to children is acceptable. Not only does it teach our girls that they have to rely on a prince to save them and that they have no say in the matter, but it teaches everyone else that women are helpless victims who will never feel fulfilled in life without a husband.
Let me stop you right there, sexist society. We don’t need saving. We’re perfectly fine on our own, thank you very much. The last thing we want is you Facebook stalking us to come to our houses and shove a mangy old slipper on our foot that will effectively manacle us to you for all of eternity. We’re done having you save us — we’re not damsels in distress or plot devices that enable you to show off your masculinity… and your massive ego. Oh, and for the record, not all of us want to marry you — a cisgender straight male. There there, go cry yourself to sleep.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children’s book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. This book inspires girls with the stories of great women, from Elizabeth I to Serena Williams.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is the kind of book that’s so hard to write a review on because you just want to push it into everyone’s hands and scream read it! Honestly, if that were an acceptable method of reviewing, I’d be doing that. This book is something that everyone should read, not just the children, particularly young girls, it’s targeted at. Filled with 100 stories of extraordinary women through the ages, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a book that will inspire you to become a stronger, more courageous person — a person who isn’t afraid to be different or stand up for what’s right. Such an empowering book is made for everyone.
This book is something you’ll want to spend hours flicking through. The beautiful illustrations created by artists from all over the world were stunning and jump right off the pages, complementing the stories perfectly and making it an enjoyable reading experience for children and adults alike. Everyone should appreciate the beauty that is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Perhaps what I loved most about this book was that I hadn’t heard of a lot of the women in it. I loved learning more about these extraordinary women and found myself bookmarking my favourite stories to revisit later. Particular favourites were Michelle Obama and Malala Yousafzai.
Ultimately, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a book that needs to be on your shelf. This isn’t just a book for children — it’s something that all of us should read to understand the feminists that came before us and the women who are still leading the fight against the patriarchy today.
We are strong. We are fierce. We are feminists.
Looking for more feminist books? Check out these ones!
Have you had a chance to get a copy of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls yet? What are some of your favourite feminist books? Do you consider yourself a feminist? Have you read any of the other books I mentioned? I’d love to know!
Thanks to Penguin Australia for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!