Feminist Sunday #16

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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.

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I’ve had quite a busy week so not much time for reading! What with parent teacher meetings and driving myself crazy trying to find plastic-free items in Malé, I was only able to spend some quality time reading on Friday morning enjoying a rare breeze whilst sitting on my balcony.

Here is my list of interesting bookish/feminist related things I’ve found on the web this week:

  • Hannah Gadsby’s hour-long, award-winning stand up routine, ‘Nanette’, was made available on Netflix recently and it is just astounding. At once funny, heartwarming, touching, painful, biting and raw, Gadsby’s show is ‘a radical, highly intelligent, somewhat poetic articulation of shame – of the things we keep buried, or are told to bury, inside of us and of the intricate workings of the huge systems that keep them there’ – Nanette is not just a queer woman’s story – it’s a revolution.

 

  • It’s UK Black Pride today in London – an annual celebration for Black/POC/BAME people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American descent who identify as LGBT and friends!

 

  • As Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to retire from the Supreme Court in the US, there is a very real fear that the legal rulings of Roe Vs. Wade, which allows women the right to choose and has been protected by Kennedy’s vote, will be overturned, particularly as more and more states across the US are already restricting abortion rights. Here is a really personal and poignant article by Cindi Leive on The New York Times website: Let’s Talk About My Abortion (And Yours).

 

  • I’ve followed British poet, performer and author, Salena Godden, on Twitter and Instagram for while and also watched a few of her poetry performances online before. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of her latest collection of poetry, Pessimism Is For Lightweights. In the meantime, here is an interview – Q&A: Salena Godden Tells Us Why Pessimism Is For Lightweights.

 

 

  • In relation to Plastic Free July, one of the switches I made early on (almost two years ago) was choosing to refuse single-use, plastic-based sanitary products and instead invest in a Mooncup. I understand that this isn’t a viable option for all women everywhere but for those of us who are privileged to be able to afford good menstrual care and have the privacy of hygienic bathrooms, here’s a good reason to make the switch – We’re flushing 2.5 million tampons down the toilet every day.

 

  • Also, there is a really interesting interview on the Race with Reni podcast in episode 9. Reni Eddo Lodge interviews Gabby Edlin, who started up the project Bloody Good Period to provide menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them. They have a discussion about how menstrual cups are not the most useful supplies to donate if women don’t have access to key things like clean running water and a lockable bathroom. It’s important to remember that although menstrual cups are so much better for the environment, it’s not an option for every woman on the planet, just a privileged few.

 

  • In my research for Plastic Free July I came across a great Maldivian based project run by Maldives Authentic Crafts Cooperative Society (MACCS) called Plastic Noon Gotheh which advocates for alternatives to single-use plastic bags in Malé. It’s crazy to think that 104,736,393 plastic bags were imported into Maldives last year (according to Maldives Customs!
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