Erin Wunker is a feminist killjoy, and she thinks you should be one, too.
Following in the tradition of Sara Ahmed (the originator of the concept of the "feminist killjoy"), Wunker brings memoir, theory, literary criticism, pop culture, and feminist thinking together in this collection of essays that take up Ahmed's project as a multi-faceted lens through which to read the world from a feminist point of view.
Neither totemic nor complete, the non-fiction essays that make up Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life attempt to think publicly about why we need feminism, and especially why we need the figure of the feminist killjoy, now. From the complicated practices of being a mother and a feminist, to building friendship amongst women as a community-building and -sustaining project, to writing that addresses rape culture from the Canadian context and beyond, Notes from a Feminist Killjoy: Essays on Everyday Life invites the reader into a conversation about gender, feminism, and living in our inequitable world.
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If you think men should stop telling women to smile, this book is for you. Erin Wunker is an academic who’s not afraid to dig into theory, but she also cites blogs, tweets, TV shows, and conversations as sources of feminist thought. Wunker brings in everyone from Maggie Nelson to Oprah; her chapter on women’s friendships pits Lena Dunham’s Girls against Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Reading this book is like reading a long social media exchange between your favourite feminists—it’ll leave you honoured to ever be called a killjoy.