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Constructive FeminismWomen's Spaces and Women's Rights in the American City$
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Daphne Spain

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453199

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453199.001.0001

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Feminist Bookstores

Feminist Bookstores

Building Identity

(p.84) Chapter 3 Feminist Bookstores
Constructive Feminism

Daphne Spain

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how feminist bookstores revealed multidimensional and complex female identities that could transform women’s sense of self. These bookstores were often an outgrowth of women’s center libraries, carrying with them it the mission to serve the women’s community. Feminist bookstores collected, in one place, a diverse array of publications that spoke to multiple and overlapping groups. Just one or two books were insufficient for the task; it took stacks of books, what the scholar Kristen Hogan calls “the feminist shelf,” to represent the relationships among race, gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, motherhood, and the myriad other ways in which women define themselves.

Keywords:   feminist bookstores, female identities, women’s sense of self, women’s center libraries, feminist shelf, women’s community

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