Anna Holmes is a writer and founder of Jezebel, a liberal blog geared towards women.
Holmes started off her career at traditional women’s magazines, Glamour and Instyle, but quickly grew tired of them. “Their point is to create insecurities and then solve them” said Holmes in an interview with Mother Jones. In 2007, she created Jezebel under Gawker media, for women who were “interested in both fashion and how the models were treated.” “At that time, there was almost no women’s media outlet that wasn’t insulting in some way to young women,” she told Mother Jones.
She grew Jezebel to a massive media platform with 32 million monthly page views and when Mother Jones asked her where Jezebel has made the biggest impact, Holmes says, “Along with image manipulation, diversity in the pages of women’s magazines. We would count up the models of color every season, and it was always abominably low. Also I felt that if we just presented people of color, even photographs with no commentary, that would be normalizing. So I decided to put up photos between the text posts, full width—a young girl in Germany getting dressed up for an Octoberfest parade, a young mother in Namibia walking her children down a road, a teacher in Mumbai, a nurse in Tokyo. Women living their lives around the world, and the majority of the world is not white.”
Here are the books Holmes thinks everyone should read:
Biography sourceshttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Holmes, https://www.motherjones.com/media/2013/10/anna-holmes-book-jezebel-interview/
Margaret Atwood's classic of dystopian fiction may be some 30 years old but its depiction of a society driven apart by terrorism and reconstituted as an ultra-conservative Christian theocracy where women have little to no rights at all feels as relevant today as it did when it was published back in 1985, and a sobering reminder that the war on women is...
This book was a bestseller for a reason. One of the most brutal, elegant, and yes, funniest memoirs of the late 20th century, Mary Karr's The Liars Club is an important work that is at turns personal and political, the story of a Texas childhood marked by anguish, adventure, and a potent combination of toxic masculinity, alcoholism and thwarted artistic ambitions. (Holme's Notes, Esquire)
My favorite of Toni Morrison's books, and better than Beloved, this 1977 masterpiece is possibly the most powerful and moving contemporary American meditation on family, grace, masculinity, and humiliations of American history. (Holme's Notes, Esquire)
The Civil Rights Movement was much more than just boycotts of buses and lunch counters and confrontations with white supremacists. The first in Taylor Branch's 3 volumes on the life and work Martin Luther King, the 1,000+ page Parting the Waters marries the seriousness of scholarship...
Past becomes present in E.L. Doctorow's 1975 work of historical fiction set in and around the corridors of power, corruption and domestic politics in early 20th century New York City. Love, sex, class, race, gender, immigration, war, economic mobility... Doctorow's ambitions with this work are no less than explaining the very idea of America to itself. (Holme's Notes, Esquire)
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Austen's best book, and like so many of her others, an exploration of gender politics and female independence at a time in which the freedoms of women were intimately, and often tragically, constrained by the ways in which they depended on males for economic assistance and security. Sounds like sad stuff, but Austen, as always, approaches these and other issues with an acute sensitivity...
One of the finest works of American history published in the 21st century, Isabel Wilkerson's 600+ page book chronicles the massive migration of African-Americans out of the American south and into the Northeast, Midwest and and Western states over the course of about six decades of the 20th century. (Holme's Notes, Esquire)
Children's books are not just for children, and this, the greatest chapter book about a young girl ever written, anticipates and reflects second wave feminism with its loving depiction of a loud, opinionated, curious, tomboy living on New York's Upper East Side who rejects the performance of femininity in favor of an authentic—and, admittedly, sometimes off-putting—self. (Holme's Notes, Esquire)
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