Feminist Sunday #21


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.



It’s the start of the Eid holidays here in the Maldives, which means a whole week off work! I plan to read, write and just relax. My reading picked up considerably this past week and I managed to finish Children of Blood and Bone and Plastic Free. I also made considerable progress on Sophie’s World, which is just a masterpiece of fact and fiction. I love how Jostein Gaarder has woven the history of philosophy into a story of a fifteen year old girl.

Here are some of the interesting bookish/feminist related article I’ve been reading this past week:

  • I’ve been following British poet, performer and author, Salena Godden, on Instagram for a while. I watched her perform ‘Courage is a Muscle’ at the Women’s March in London earlier this year and can’t wait to get a copy of her latest collection, Pessimism Is For Lightweights, when I go back to the UK. In anticipation here is the poem on the Stylist website: This brilliant poem is here to remind us that pessimism is for lightweights.



  • Here’s an important talk about the importance of including and engaging men in the women’s movement to create  a more equal world in terms of the pay-gap, unpaid care and sexual harassment at work – Deeply Talks: Engaging Men in Women’s Advancement.



  • A brilliant article from intersectional Muslim feminist and equalities activist, Huda Jawad, asking ‘where is the public outcry from our allies?’ It’s shocking how few white feminists have come to the defence of Muslim women over Boris Johnson’s comments over what Muslim women should and shouldn’t be allowed to wear, effectively policing a woman’s right to choose: White Middle Class Men Don’t Get To Decide What ‘Freedom Of Expression’ Is.


  • ‘Doesn’t a debate mean some sort of meaningful discussion? Instead, we are served with a euro-Western-centric conversation, in which white men and women mostly share their discomfort about somebody else’s choice, but still expect to live their life without having any of their rights infringed upon or their own choices questioned. One rule for us and another for them’ – Mariam Khan on The Stylist website critiques the faux ‘debate’ that has been going on in the wake of Johnson’s boorish comments. As a Muslim woman, this is what I want you to know about the burqa debate.


  • This is a heartbreaking article about something I’m ashamed to say I know very little about: ‘That’s what happens when you refuse to give a country its history – stories your grandmother told you become murky, half-remembered facts, and we surrender ourselves to the chance of history repeating itself. And, because the victims are primarily women, their individual testimonies will be questioned, underestimated, misunderstood, lost. We know that this happens, because it happens every day’ – Will there ever be real justice for the women incarcerated in Magdalene laundries?


  • The week before last (August 9th) was International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Here is a beautiful collection of poetry by indigenous women on the Literary Hub: New Poetry by Indigenous Women.


  • ‘We cannot forget the ways that suffragettes dismissed the voices of black women, sending them to the backs of their marches, only for black activists like Ida B. Wells and Anna Julia Cooper to make major moves while fighting for the vote in tandem with their fight for rights as black people—ultimately shifting the shape of this country. If there is not the intentional and action-based inclusion of women of color, then feminism is simply white supremacy in heels’. Another woman I found through Instagram (again) a while ago, Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, writes a lot about racism and feminism. She has recently been published on Harpers Bazaar and will become a  monthly digital columnist for them! Read her article: When Feminism Is White Supremacy in Heels. It’s such an important read on the need for intersectional feminism.



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