Feminist Sunday #22


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.



Having the past week off for Eid meant that I got a lot of reading done. I finished Jostein Gaarder’s brilliantly informative and playful take on the history of philosophy in Sophie’s World and treated myself to my first ever Rebecca Solnit book, Men Explain Things To Me, which I devoured in a day, though I had to take regular breaks from the difficult subject matter which revolved mainly around violence against women and girls. I then moved on to Meg Wolitzer’s The Female Persuasion which has been an intriguing take on intergenerational relationships between women.

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


  • In my new obsession with Rebecca Solnit I found this recent interview with her on the New York Times website – Rebecca Solnit: By the Book.


  • After reading Men Explain Things To Me I became really aware of how the media has portrayed – still portrays – violence towards women and girls. A recent article on The Pool website highlights the issue of male violence against women in the UK, giving recent shocking statistics: Loving, amazing, perfect men don’t rape and murder women.



  • I’m not a fan of Doctor Who – I’ve never really gotten into the whole thing – but I loved Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses series when I was a young teenager and she is now to become the first black screen writer of Doctor Who.



  • I can’t wait to read Pat Barker’s newest novel, The Silence of the Girls – a retelling of Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. I was kindly granted a review copy so I’ll get stuck into it very soon. In the meantime, here’s a brilliant review on the Guardian: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – a feminist Iliad.


  • Arundhati Roy talks about the devastating impact of the Kerala floods in The rising tide.





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