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 July! Today is the first day of #plasticfreejuly which I’ll be trying to participate in here in Maldives. Although it seems like everything is wrapped in plastic here, there are so many markets and bulk food stores where all you need to remember to bring is your own cloth bags! My only problem will be bottled water! I have been researching more environmentally friendly options but I won’t be able to avoid buying plastic bottles unfortunately.
In terms of reading, I finished Zadie Smith’s debut, White Teeth, and absolutely loved it, even more than her later novels. I had a lazy morning yesterday finishing it off and haven’t felt like starting anything new since. I’m still slowly reading through Your Silence Will Not Protect You by Audre Lorde and may just focus on that this week. As it’s the last physical book I brought with me to Maldives I’m really reluctant to finish it until I find a decent bookshop because I don’t like reading on my e-reader all the time.
Here are some bookish/feminist related news from the week just gone:
- Climate change is a feminist issue. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change globally, but only a small proportion of climate funding is allocated specifically to the needs of women and children. It’s one of the key reasons why I am committed to reducing my own environmental impact on the environment and why I’m participating in Plastic Free July. A brilliant resource that I’ve been using for a while now to get ideas and inspiration on how to live a more environmentally friendly life is this Australian website, 1 Million Women.
- If you happen to be in Malé, Maldives, and joining in with #plasticfreejuly, Island Bazaar have a beautiful collection of reusable metal straws (as well as beautiful, locally made gifts)!
- In honour of the 70th anniversary of Windrush, where the first members of the Caribbean arrived in Britain to make their home, Penguin is celebrating their stories and the incredible African-Caribbean writing that has shaped our culture: Celebrating Afro-Caribbean Writing and 70 Years of Windrush.
- Instagram has a reputation for making people feel bad about themselves, particularly women, and it’s very rare to see accounts directed at ‘older’ generations. That’s why I loved this article on The New York Times website: The glamorous Grandmas of Instagram.
- I first came across the magazine Spare Rib a few years ago when I found a couple of old copies at the Women’s Library in London. At the time I was exasperated by the lack of women’s magazines there were that actually focused on real women with interesting, creative and inspiring lives instead of focussing on appearances and relationships. However, now there are such a range of brilliant magazines that I would spend a fortune on if I could get my hands on them – Oh Comely!, Womankind, Riposte, and Frankie, to name just a handful. Here is an interesting article on how Spare Rib magazine came about in the late 1960s during second-wave feminism: How we made: Spare Rib magazine.
- It’s only really in the past year that I’ve jumped on the podcast bandwagon (and even still, I haven’t listened to all of the podcasts I have saved on my phone). My favourite is Stance – an arts, culture and current affairs podcast exploring diverse, global perspectives (I’ve mentioned it a few times in previous Feminist Sunday posts, July’s episode also came out today – go listen to it!). This month, 14th July, ShoutOut Network will be hosting their second annual podcast festival and the theme this year will revolve around the empowerment of female podcasting talent: ShoutOut Live! Women’s Podcast Festival.
- Reni Eddo-Lodge shares some of her favourite cultural highlights, from TV to food, music and exhibitions in this Guardian article: On my radar: Reni Eddo-Lodge’s cultural highlights.
- I found a really inspiring blog focussing on issues of human rights, interfaith and humanity called Voice of Salam. The article that caught my eye for this week’s Feminist Sunday was: Far from fragile: 10 inspiring female champions of social justice.
- Talking of human rights, Afua Hirsch – author of Brit(ish) – discusses the anniversaries Britain chooses to celebrate and ignore: Human rights have become the kryptonite of the populist west. It wasn’t always like this.
- Inspired by the exhibition I saw last week at Hotel Jen by Maldivian artist Maldha Mohamed, which I revisited again yesterday along with another exhibition named Heritage through Folk hosted by Oevaali Art Shop, I wanted to post a link to a few interesting folk tales from Addu island in the south of Maldives from Korali Collective: Stranger than Fiction Folk Tales from the South.