March 2022 Reading List on “A feminist insight into gender norms and standards”

Frida Kahlo, Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace, 1940
DIversity of Women by: Romina Nichiforov, Chisinau, Moldova
Not your mom’s Bahu. I’m my own superman — 13 Painting That Show Indian Women Breaking Stereotypes And Challenging Patriarchy — BY DISHA SETH
A strong woman breaking societal barriers. My story told with pens and oil pastels.-
  • The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir
  • Gender Trouble, Judith Butler
  • The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucalt
  • The Prisoner of Gender: Foucault and the Disciplining of the Female Body, Angela King
  • Women and Power, Mary Beard
  • Beauty Standards — The Ugliest Trick Of Patriarchy, Nandhita Hariharan
  • The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women, Naomi Wolf
  • Song of the Pretty Bird, Shay Alexi Stewart
  • Trading on Heterosexuality: College Women’s Gender Strategies and Homophobia, Laura Hamilton
  • Negotiating Respectability: Comparing the experiences of poor and middle-class young urban women in India, Katherine Twamley and Juhi Sidharth
  • Embodied shame and gendered demeanours in young women in Sri Lanka, Katherine Twamley and Juhi Sidharth
  • Mothers, daughters and “whores” of the nation’: Nationalism and female stereotypes in post‐colonial Sri Lankan drama in English, Neluka Silva
  • The Changing Role of Women in Sri Lankan Society, Malathi De Alwis
  • Respectability and rights. Sexual and reproductive health and rights of Sri Lankan women formerly involved in prostitution, Malin Jordal, Ann Öhman & Kumudu Wijewardene
  • Labour, Feminism and Ethnicity by Kumari Jayawardena.
  • City of Whores: Nationalism, Development, and Global Garment Workers in Sri Lanka, Sandya Hewamanne
  • Performing Dis-respectability: New Tastes, Cultural Practices, and Identity Performances by Sri Lanka’s Free Trade Zone Garment-Factory Workers, Sandya Hewamanne

The Curator: Sumini Siyambalapitiya



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Everystory Sri Lanka

Everystory Sri Lanka


Everystory Sri Lanka (formed in 2018) is a collective of young Sri Lankan feminists identifying as a storytelling collective.