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:
- I read NK Jemisin’s first book in The Broken Earth trilogy last year (you can read my review here) and found it an intriguing take on the fantasy/sci-fi genre. She has won numerous awards for her work and another one again recently: Hugo awards: women clean up as NK Jemisin wins best novel again.
- 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.
- In Men Explain Things To Me Solnit mentions Virginia Woolf as being a big influence on her. An essay she mentioned, which I had never heard of before was Street Haunting: A London Adventure by Virginia Woolf.
- 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 love reading about epic journeys made by females. Here is a great list to explore: 9 Books by Adventurous Women about the Great Outdoors.
- 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.
- It has been the Eid-ul Al’haa holidays and in the Maldives it’s celebrated with a lot of vibrant colour and water fights on the inhabited islands. In the UK here are how some people are celebrating – Friends, family and food: seven women on how they’re celebrating Eid 2018.
- This is a really horrifying article – Saudi Arabia seeks its first death penalty against a female human rights activist. After gaining the right to drive (although many of the female campaigners of this cause are currently in prison), there is still a long way to go for human rights in Saudi Arabia.