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Our mission is to foster feminist community in San Diego primarily via a shared love of books, but also through a shared love of movies, plays, speaker series, food, drink, and whatever other shared loves we discover. We're a social group open to people of all identities who consider themselves feminist and want to expand their feminist network and knowledge.

A $2-3 donation is requested at all of our events, but definitely not required. This group is a labor of love for me, and it's important to me that our events remain free and accessible to as many people as possible. That said, my time is valuable, and organizing is work, so if I collect any money over what is needed to pay the Meetup fees, I keep it. To pay me for the work I do here, you can give in person, through PayPal (https://www.paypal.me/SanDiegoFeminist), or through Meetup (https://secure.meetup.com/San-Diego-Feminist-Book-Group/contribute/). (The latter also supports Meetup.com because 8% of your donation will go to them.)

San Diego Feminist Book Group was founded in January 2009 by Keely Hyslop. It has since been organized by Jess Reliford, Rainey Reitman, Angela Thelan, and Christine Grisham, before Jessica Cole took over organizing duties in July 2015. The following is its original description, written by Keely Hyslop, which still holds very true.

We will read promiscuously from a variety of feminist camps like 2nd wave, 3rd wave, pro-sex feminism, anti-porn feminism, Black feminism (or womanism as coined by Alice Walker), lesbian feminism, MTF/FTM transgender rights, riot grrrl movement, third world feminism, radical feminism, eco feminism, post-modernist feminism, women's suffrage, etc. We're going to look at feminism from a big picture perspective and then take a fine-tooth comb and look for the feminism that is hidden under a rock in the corner. No feminist subject will be taboo! The meetings will be a safe-space for open discussions of different viewpoints where everyone gets a fair chance to express their opinion and no one gets shouted down (unless they're using outright hate speech). Books will be selected democratically with a jury style discussion of book suggestions followed by a secret ballot, so think of a book or two you'd like the group to read and bring it up at the meeting.

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When They Call You a Terrorist, A Black Lives Matter Memoir

We're back, after a longer-than-planned hiatus. We will be reading When They Call You a Terrorist, a black lives matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele. (I followed the capitalizing form the publisher's website.) We chit chat for the first half hour or so and order food and drink, then start in on the discussion about 7. We wrap up 8ish, take suggestions for the next book to read, vote, and chit chat some more. New people are always welcome. (and FYI, I'm a sign language interpreter, so I'm happy to make this meeting Deaf-friendly! Please let me know if that applies to you.) To find us, keep an eye out for me asking everyone who comes in if they are there for bookclub, and also for the rainbow pinwheel I usually put on the table at our meetups. This book is 272 pages, ranges in price from $2.99 -- $24.95. There are 6 copies at the library; 2 are currently available. Here is the description from the publishers website: "This remarkable book reveals what inspired Patrisse's visionary and courageous activism and forces us to face the consequence of the choices our nation made when we criminalized a generation. This book is a must-read for all of us." - Michelle Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of The New Jim Crow A poetic and powerful memoir about what it means to be a Black woman in America—and the co-founding of a movement that demands justice for all in the land of the free. Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable racial profiling and police brutality. In 2013, when Trayvon Martin’s killer went free, Patrisse’s outrage led her to co-found Black Lives Matter with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. Condemned as terrorists and as a threat to America, these loving women founded a hashtag that birthed the movement to demand accountability from the authorities who continually turn a blind eye to the injustices inflicted upon people of Black and Brown skin. Championing human rights in the face of violent racism, Patrisse is a survivor. She transformed her personal pain into political power, giving voice to a people suffering inequality and a movement fueled by her strength and love to tell the country—and the world—that Black Lives Matter. When They Call You a Terrorist is Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele’s reflection on humanity. It is an empowering account of survival, strength and resilience and a call to action to change the culture that declares innocent Black life expendable.

"Sex Object" by Jessica Valenti
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This one has been on my "wish list" for a while, so I thought I'd make a suggestion!

Past events (165)

Feminist Happy Hour

Kairoa Brewing Company

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