Feminist Sunday #20

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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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Reading has been a difficult one for me this week. Often when I become fixated on something (for example, my journey to becoming as plastic-free as is possible living in a developing country) I tend to get a bit burnt out and overwhelmed by information. For that reason I decided to give Plastic Free by Beth Terry a short pause as I reflect on how I can make my choices and decisions here in Malé that reflect the values I find most important. Although Instagram can be a double-edged sword at times, I have found it a useful resource particularly when coming across other eco-conscious people who don’t have the luxury of living near bulk food stores or zero-waste shops. As Zero Waste PH from the Philippines asked in a post earlier this week, ‘How can we be more mindful and not just go through the day in a rush buying plastic left and right?’ I think this mindfulness, questioning what we need and what we don’t need – our power as consumers – is important to remember. It will be impossible for me, and for many people, to eliminate plastic entirely and even to recycle when the proper infrastructures just aren’t in place or non-existent, but being as conscious a consumer as I can be is all I can strive for right now.

For a bit of light relief I decided to start Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi after a student reminded me of it when bringing a copy into class last week. A fantasy-driven tale of maji’s and diviners, Adeyemi’s debut young adult novel brings out the teenaged-reader in me and highlights the need for more diversity in popular fiction.

Here are some of the bookish/feminist related articles I’ve been reading this week from the web:

  • I’ve just discovered this brilliant column on The Paris Review website entitled ‘Feminize Your Canon’ which explores the lives of underrated and underread female authors. First up, Violette Leduc was a protegée of Simon de Beauvoir’s and her life inspired and influenced de Beauvoir’s chapters on lesbianism in The Second Sex. She remained largely unnoticed until the publication of La Bâtarde in 1964, but by then she found that her success had come too late in life. Feminize Your Canon: Violette Leduc.

 

 

 

  • It was a huge blow to hear that senators in Argentina rejected the bill to legalise abortion earlier this week, but as Argentinian writer and novelist, Claudia Piñeiro optimistically states, ‘We are standing in a better place and will not take a step back. The cultural battle is won and the path forward is clear’: Argentina’s women have not been beaten on abortion – change will come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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