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.
Again, I’ve done quite well with the amount of reading I’ve done this week – three books, plus the one I’m currently stuck in! I read a range of books starting with Roxane Gay’s short story collection, Ayiti, which is due for rerelease in June, Apricot Irving’s debut memoir, The Gospel of Trees, which will be published on 6th March, and Akwaeke Emezi’s debut Freshwater, which is out this Tuesday (review will be up on Wednesday)! I also started an old classic that I can’t believe has taken me so long to pick up: Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel, Small Island. I have a long-ass flight to the other side of the world this week so hopefully I can keep up the reading momentum!
Here are ten interesting feminist/bookish things I found on the web this week:
- I’ve discovered a wonderful blog, Obvi We’re the Ladies, which is empowering women to share their stories, with an emphasis on intersectional and evolving feminism. The article that caught my eye was ‘”Ah-ha” Moments in Feminist Theory’, which examines ‘Standpoint Theory’ through Donna Haraway’s 1985 essay, ‘Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Persepctive’. I hadn’t heard of this before but it’s what the black feminist community – and other marginalised communities within the feminist movement – have been doing for decades. Everyone has their own unique lived experiences and by sharing and listening to these ‘connected experiences’, this leads to ‘unexpected openings’, which in turn can effect revolutionary change. Check out the article here.
- I’ve only recently been made aware of Guerrilla Girls – a group of feminist activist artists who are reinventing the f-word. Their work is incredible!
- Listen to poet Claudia Rankine at Literary Arts in Portland.
- Have a read of: The publishing company that’s only publishing female authors in 2018!
- Likewise for International Women’s Day this year Penguin, in collaboration with Waterstones, will open a pop-up bookshop, named Like a Woman, in Shoreditch selling only female authors.
- I don’t tend to read YA fiction but last year I picked up Angie Thomas’s debut, The Hate U Give, which I’m pleased to see won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award this week. Although this hasn’t tempted me to pick up anymore YA, I thought The Hate U Give was a very timely reminder of the discrimination black people and people of colour face in America today.
- Anne Enright received the Irish PEN Award for Outstanding Contribution to Irish Literature on Friday. I have only read The Gathering and The Green Road (so far) and I absolutely loved them.
- A brilliant interview with author Jacqueline Woodson on why we should Stop Using the Label ‘Struggling Reader’.
- Every weekend the wonderful people over at For Books’ Sake post short stories or extracts from women writers on their website. This weekend you can read the first chapter of Jess Kid’s newest book, The Hoarder, which came out at the beginning of February and has been described as a ‘dark, comical tale of hunting and hoarding’.
- Not a recent news item, but as I was listening to Stance‘s backlog of podcasts on my train journey back from London last night I arrived at their February 2017 release, which was a fascinating exploration of Kids in Cults. As well as interviewing a few women who had grown up in cults, they also had an in-depth interview with Alexandra Stein – a social psychologist who lectures and writes on cults and totalitarianism. Although Stein didn’t go into that much detail about her own personal experience of living in a cult, I found out that she wrote a memoir about it, Inside Out: A Memoir of Entering and Breaking Out of a Minneapolis Political Cult, published in 2002. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!