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Created from the members and friends of the South Willamette Valley chapter of the National Organization for Women (SWV NOW), the Bibliofemmes book club reads literature of all genres related broadly to women's issues and feminism. We meet monthly and vary our selections so there's something for everyone.

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Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that will Transform Your Sex Life

“Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a ‘pink pill’ for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book [by Dr. Emily Nagoski] makes crystal clear, that pill will never be the answer—but as a result of the research that’s gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women’s sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and Come as You Are explains it all. Cutting-edge research across multiple disciplines tells us that the most important factor for women in creating and sustaining a fulfilling sex life, is not what you do in bed or how you do it, but how you feel about it. Which means that stress, mood, trust, and body image are not peripheral factors in a woman’s sexual wellbeing; they are central to it. Once you understand these factors, and how to influence them, you can create for yourself better sex and more profound pleasure than you ever thought possible.” *Small donations toward Meetup subscription costs and room rental are appreciated but not required.

A Room of One's Own

Cafe Yumm! - On Broadway

“Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but whose legacy is radically different. This imaginary woman never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling. In this classic essay, she takes on the establishment, using her gift of language to dissect the world around her and give voice to those who are without. Her message is a simple one: women must have a fixed income and a room of their own in order to have the freedom to create.” *Small donations toward Meetup subscription costs and room rental are appreciated but not required.

I Still Believe Anita Hill

Cafe Yumm! - On Broadway

In the fall of 1991, Anita Hill captured the country's attention when she testified before the US Senate Judiciary Committee describing sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who had been her boss and was about to ascend to the Supreme Court. We know what happened: she was challenged, disbelieved, and humiliated; he was given a life-long appointment to decide America's judicial fate. What is lesser known is how many women and men were inspired by Anita Hill's bravery, how her testimony changed the feminist movement, and how she singlehandedly brought public awareness to the issue of sexual harassment. Twenty years later, this collection brings together three generations to witness, respond to, and analyze Hill's impact, and to present insights in law, politics, and the confluence of race, class, and gender. *Small donations ($2-5) toward Meetup subscription costs and room rental are appreciated but not required.

Everyday Sexism: The Project That Inspired a Worldwide Movement

Cafe Yumm! - On Broadway

The Everyday Sexism Project was founded by writer and activist Laura Bates in April 2012. It began life as a website where people could share their experiences of daily, normalized sexism, from street harassment to workplace discrimination to sexual assault and rape. The Project became a viral sensation . . . [and] has now collected over 100,000 testimonies from people around the world and launched new branches in 25 countries worldwide. The project has been credited with helping to spark a new wave of feminism. *Small donations toward Meetup Subscription costs and room rental are appreciated but not required.

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Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows: A Novel

Cafe Yumm! - On Broadway

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