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 saw the end of Plastic Free July. Although I have a long way to go, and in some instances plastic is unavoidable here in Malé, I accomplished and learnt a lot. For example, I now have my own reusable produce bags, which I had made at a tailors, so I can buy rice, nuts, legumes and dried fruit in bulk and I learnt how to make really simple things like coconut and nut milks and tomato sauce (normally I would buy tins or cartons of these things which are usually coated in a plastic resin). In terms of reading, this week has been all about female activists fighting against single-use plastic in our environment or other environmental causes.
I started with Beth Terry’s Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too which is informative without preaching. Terry unashamedly discloses instances where she has failed in her journey to living a plastic-free life and I think it is so important to share these stories as plastic has become such an integral part of our lives and we cannot be saints all of the time. I’ve also been following a few blogs by female environmentalists which I will list below. I’ve put Sophie’s World and Folk Tales of the Maldives on hold for the moment but will continue these after finishing Plastic Free.
Here are some of the interesting bookish/feminist related articles I have found on the web this week:
- I found out about a brilliant social enterprise, Hey Girls, which aims to tackle period poverty in the UK through its chlorine and bleach free, environmentally friendly sanitary towels. All the profits from each sale (which is now being stocked in Waitrose) goes directly towards women and girls in need. Through their Twitter feed I found this interesting article on The Metro: India has scrapped the tampon tax, it’s time the UK followed suit.
- ‘Engaging in power-conscious strategies to address sexual violence requires courage. It is much easier to continue to teach people how not to get raped than to address perpetrators and potential perpetrators. However, if teaching potential victims how not to get raped worked, we would have eradicated sexual violence long ago. It’s time to try something else.’ – Telling women how not to get raped won’t stop sexual violence on campus.
- I mention Stance Podcast a lot on my Feminist Sunday posts and that’s because each episode they produce never fails to grab my attention, no matter what the topic is. This month is all about Coming of Age in different cultures from the Latin American Quinceañera to the questions of self exploration and expression in the Arab world. Interviewing Shereen El Feki reminded me of the talk I saw her at during the Hong Kong International Literary Festival in 2014 where she was promoting her book, Sex and the Citadel: Intimate life in a changing Arab world (which was my Friday Reads recommendation this week).
- Grasping Things at the Root: On Young Women and Radical Feminism by @claireshrugged. I originally saw this article on the website, A Room Of Our Own – A Feminist/Womanist Network, but you can read the whole article on Claire Heuchan’s brilliant blog, Sister Outrider.
- One of the first writers to introduce me to feminism through her ingenious books, Angela Carter was the main subject in a new documentary on BBC2 last night – Angela Carter: Of Wolves and Women. Pandora Magazine have published an article Carter’s Wolf Trilogy here.
- This week saw the 200th anniversary of Emily Brontë, whose classic novel, Wuthering Heights, has always been a firm favourite of mine. Read Wuthering Heights is a virgin’s story, and other opinions of Brontë’s classic on Literary Hub where they have collated thoughts about the book by other well-known writers.
- Read an interview between author of The Sympatiser by Viet Thanh Nguyen and Arundhati Roy on the Los Angeles Review of Books website – Delightful Listening: A Conversation Between Viet Thanh Nguyen with Arundhati Roy.
- A couple of brilliant blogs I’ve found by fellow women who care passionately about the environment and our own impact on the environment include: Moral Fibres – UK Eco Green Blog run by Wendy who is also the author of Fresh Clean Home; The Picture of Mary by Gittemary Johansen from Denmark, I’m interested to see how she manages being vegan and zero-waste in China right now; Jaclyn McCosker – Conscious Living Blog, originally from Australia but has recently moved to Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia for work; and Sustainably Vegan, who I follow on Instagram and who was the creator of the Low Impact Movement, a term I prefer over zero-waste as I feel it is a more achievable aim for the majority of us.