My top 5 movie and book recommendations for the activist (:

1. Book: The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler – This is a book that has stories from women all over the world! I read it, and it was so amazing and eye-opening! It is a book that you will love if you are interested in feminism and body acceptance. You don’t have to be a woman to enjoy this book, it’s great for anyone to read! Its educational in a fun and engaging way.

2. Movie: Paris is Burning Directed by Jennie Livingston- According to Wikipedia, it is “Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African American, Latino, gay and transgender communities involved in it. Many members of the ball culture community consider Paris Is Burning to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the “Golden Age” of New York City drag balls, as well as a thoughtful exploration of race, class, and gender in America.” It is a great film to watch if you are interested in LGBTQQA history, gender,or  people of color in the queer community. It is a powerful, educational film.

3. Book: I am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler (again)- Eve Ensler is an AMAZING author. This book is about the “secret life” of girls, all over the world. This book will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it is a book that almost everyone can probably relate to. It is powerful and well-written. It is a great book to read if you are interested in gender, feminism, or women’s studies. Once again, this book isn’t only for women, it is educational and it can speak to anyone.

4. Movie- Save the Farm Directed by Michael Kuehnert- This is a short documentary about the nation’s largest urban farm in Los Angeles. It is a great film to watch if you are interested in farming, being environmentally friendly, nutrition, and environmental activism. It also shows poverty in a big city, so if you are interested in classism, watch! This movie almost made me CRY!! I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s really inspiring.

5. Movie: Boys Don’t Cry Directed by Kimberly Peirce- Saddest. movie. ever. But it is a movie that I think everyone should watch. It is about a transgender teen who is biologically female, trying to pass as male. I think it really shows the hate that is directed towards the queer community and it is based off of a true story. Its educational, and it will  help you have a better understanding of how it is to have to hide who you are. If you are interested in learning about gender, hate crimes,or  the LGBTQQA community, you must watch this movie!!

If you have seen any of these movies or read any of these books, comment below and let me know what you think of them! Also, let me know your favorite books and movies for the activist! Thanks (:

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