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New books mark feminist anniversaries

8th January 2010

The release of several books in 2010 will coincide with notable anniversaries for the feminist movement.

Writing in the Guardian, Viv Groskop said it is 40 years since the first-ever National Women's Liberation conference, while it is also four decades since the publication of a number of important feminist works, including Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch and Sexual Politics by Kate Millett.

This year sees a number of books focus on feminism, including Natasha Walter's Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, which looks at how a culture of self-decoration and consumerism is holding back the ambitions of women, while Martin Amis is touting himself as an unlikely feminist champion.

Amis will publish The Pregnant Widow, which he claims is a 'very feminist book' and shows him to be a 'gynocrat', or a man who wishes to be ruled by women.

The Equality Illusion: The Truth about Men and Women Today by Kat Banyard is also due out early in 2010 and details how inequalities still exist between the genders.

Groskop added: 'The book ends with a chapter on activism, with ideas for grassroots campaigning.'

Last month, Guardian.co.uk books editor Sarah Crown argued that 2009 was marked by female writers demonstrating their dominance of the short story.

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