Feminist Sunday is a weekly roundup of all the articles/threads/news/discoveries that include or are about women which have caught my attention and/or interest.
Happy Sunday! I hope your week has been wonderful and bookish. I finally finished Simone de Beauvoir’s epic, The Second Sex, at the beginning of the week. It definitely felt like a huge achievement to complete it in its entirety, particularly after reading so much about it in my literature course years ago and attempting to read it many times since. My review will be up sometime late February or early March. Since finishing The Second Sex I decidedly picked up short fiction reads to counter the magnitude of Beauvoir’s work. Nothing has really grasped my attention though so I’m hoping for more successful choices next week.
Anyway, here is my list of ten feminist finds on the web from the week just gone. I think my heart is crying out for some shiny new books as I have accumulated many exciting lists of anticipated reads in 2018. Warning: you might find many new books to add to your wish lists too and I take absolutely no responsibility for it.
- In light of the Presidents Club scandal, hosted by David Meller who has rightly stepped down from his senior position in the Department for Education, I’m loving the work UK Feminista and the National Education Union are doing to highlight and tackle sexism in schools. You can find many inspiring pictures/tweets with the hashtag #SexismInSchools on Twitter. Just a few of the findings shockingly include the statistic that over a third of girls in mixed-sex schools have been sexually harassed at school and 64% of teachers in mixed-sex secondary schools hear sexist language in schools on at least a weekly basis! You can read the full report here.
- The Jhalak Prize for Book of the Year by a Writer of Colour announced its longlist this week. Spanning a whole array of works from fiction, nonfiction, young adult and poetry by British writers of colour, I’m excited to explore some of these in the upcoming months before the winner is announced on 15th March. My review of Reni Eddo-Lodge’s fantastic exploration of structural racism in Britain, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, which has been longlisted, will be up on the blog on Wednesday!
- Reni Eddo-Lodge also interviewed for the website Hello Giggles. She talks to Jessica Wang about Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race, self-preservation, reconstructing the system, white privilege and Meghan Markle. You can read it here!
- In America right now it’s black history month and Patience Randle @inkandfable on Instagram is bringing awareness to the fact that black history cannot be contained into one month of the year with her hashtag #myhistoryisnotamonth. She is also petitioning Penguin to produce more #classicsbypeopleofcolor. Find the petition here. Also, Bust have published an interesting article on their website about 5 Women To Remember This Black History Month.
- The Louise Meriwether First Book Prize by a woman or nonbinary writer of colour, launched by The Feminist Press in partnership with TAYO Literary Magazine, announced its 2018 winner on Thursday. Claudia D. Hernández tells the story of her family’s migration from Guatemala to the USA through a fusion of poetry and narrative essay in Knitting the Fog. It sounds fascinating, though it won’t be released until 2019! In the meantime, the inaugural prize winner’s short story collection, Though I Get Home by Yz Chin, will be released this April.
- Read the Bustle’s 11 New Feminist Books That Could Totally Change Your Year.
- Another brilliant selection of books released this year: 46 Books By Women of Colour to Read in 2018.
- And another list to add to your TBR! The Penguin Women’s Writers Series was released this week on 1st February as the centenary of the Representation of the People Act – which enabled approximately 8.4 million women to vote in the UK – approaches. These editions of women who fought to have their voices heard look beautiful!
- Chrystal Genesis and Heta Fell released their second Stance podcast of the year this week. Including interviews with French artist JR and award-winning Palestinian director, Maysaloun Hamoud, as well as a discussion on whether centrism will ever be in vogue again, I cannot recommend this podcast enough! Go and listen for yourself here.
- I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this sooner but Elena Ferrante – whose books I absolutely love – has just started a weekend column on the Guardian news website! Click here to read the first few articles where she discusses first loves, learning to accept fear and writing. I am in awe of this sentence from her first article entitled ‘I loved that boy to the point where I felt close to fainting’: ‘What we were at the beginning is only a vague patch of colour contemplated from the edge of what we have become’.