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.
This week Maldives celebrated (and is still celebrating, hence the last-minute announcement of an extra public holiday) its 53rd Independence day with dances, parades and performances from the National Security Services, National Cadet Corps and school children. After 77 years as a British protectorate, on July 26th 1965 Maldives gained full independence, being able to make decisions about foreign policy and its own economy. Over the long weekend I visited a local resort for the night and spent the majority of the time reading. I finally finished Yrsa Daley-Ward’s stunning collection of poetry, Bone, and made some decent progress with Jostein Gaarder’s Sophie’s World (though I started from the beginning again yesterday as I realised I had spent quite a lot of time in the week reading whilst tired and not taking much information in). I managed to fit in a few stories from my newest purchase, Folk Tales of the Maldives, too!
It’s also the last weekend of Plastic Free July. You can follow my progress (and frustrations) on Instagram. Overall, it has been a really eye-opening month which has forced me to consider different options when buying products. Although I’ve had to compromise a bit, I’ve settled down into a routine and learnt a lot of new skills, like how easy it is to make your own package free, fresh coconut and nut milks!
Here are the interesting bookish/feminist related articles I have been reading on the web:
- One of the most pressing news stories from this week was the brutal murder of black teenager, Nia Wilson, by a misogynist, racist white man at a train station in Oakland. First of all, this is a devastating act of terror by a privileged white man which highlights the prevalent and pressing fear for their lives that black people experience daily in America. As Anne Hathaway powerfully stated: ‘White people DO NOT have equivalence for this fear of violence’. A question all white people should ask themselves – myself – is ‘How “decent” are we really? Not in our intent, but in our actions?’ Also, one of the bravest and most inspiring women I follow on Instagram, Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, highlights the structurally racist roots of the media in America. For an in-depth article read this on Teen Vogue by Taylor Crumpton: ‘The Oakland Community Remembered Nia Wilson With a Vigil Following a Fatal Train Station Attack’.
- How to Make a Life From Scratch – a beautiful article by poet Elizabeth Alexander on her late immigrant husband.
- Spanish woman jailed for hiding with sons to escape abusive partner – my heart goes out to Juana Rivas who has been sentenced to five years in prison for going into hiding with her two sons to avoid handing them over to her abusive husband. A high-profile case that is shedding a light on attitudes of violence against women in Spain, this comes not long after protests erupted in April as men who gang raped of a teenager during the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona were given the lesser offence of sexual abuse.
- I love Frida Khalo’s work and I love Angela Carter. Thanks to The Pool for bringing to light Carter’s ‘lost tribute to the artist’s power and pain’: “Women painters are often forced to make exhibitions of themselves in order to mount exhibitions”.
- I love this Feminist Sunday feature (if I do say so myself). Sometimes I just happen across interesting articles that come up on various social media feeds. Other times I spot an interesting book/topic I then actively search for, which can lead to discoveries I never would have come across otherwise. When I saw someone post a picture of a new book by Barbara Kingsolver on Twitter I instantly found myself googling Unsheltered, which is due to be released in October. Although I am super excited about this release, I was pleasantly surprised to come across a website called eco-fiction.com as I was googling. Described as a site exploring the diversity of environmental storytelling, there is a wealth of reviews and interviews with various authors who write ecologically-oriented fiction.
- Another eco-related post: I just purchased one of my favourite magazines, Womankind, digitally and there was a really interesting article about Françoise d’Eaubonne. A French feminist, d’Eaubonne coined the term ‘ecofeminism’ in her book Le Féminisme ou la Mort in 1974. I was hoping to find an English translation of this online, however, all I could find were numerous essays by others about ecofeminism and d’Eaubonne, one of which was named ‘Eco-feminism: Historic and International Evolution’ (I couldn’t find the name of the author).
- The Man Booker prize 2018 longlist was announced earlier this week – ‘For the first time, young women writing about young women dominate the Man Booker longlist’.
- Another brilliant book find in Malé is the online Indie bookstore, White Heron Books. Earlier this week I bought a collection of folk tales from the Maldives written down by Spanish anthropologist, Xavier Romero-Frias from them and was just astounded by the attention and detail that was put into the packaging of the book. I’ve never enjoyed opening a book parcel before!