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.
After an unexpected hiatus (the internet was temporarily disconnected), I’m back with my regular posts. In the week of no connection I managed to get a lot of reading done so it had its pros. I got through the rest of The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer, I was a bit disappointed by the ending but I will probably write a review of it in the future so won’t say anymore. I read Pat Barker’s recent novel, a feminist retake of The Iliad called The Silence of the Girls, which I received as a digital review copy. I plan to review it for next week. My current read is another Rebecca Solnit book, The Mother of All Questions. Although I would love to own a physical copy (which I can’t find here in Malé) I couldn’t wait so just bought it as an ebook. Again, she does not disappoint!
Here are some of the interesting bookish/feminist related things I’ve come across on the web in the last couple of weeks:
- Why are women of colour still so underrepresented in academia? by Sadiah Qureshi.
- I love podcasts and I just discovered Read Like a Writer – Authors discuss their favourite books of all time in this new literary podcast.
- I’ve been reading a lot of literature recently about female silence, from Solnit’s essay in The Mother of All Questions – ‘Silence is Broken’ – to Pat Barker’s This Silence of the Girls. Here is an interview with Barker on the books that made her: ‘For women, European literature begins with silence’.
- In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature has been postponed. Instead readers around the world have nominated four writers for a newly created award: Four writers shortlisted for ‘the new Nobel Literature Prize’. Two of them are women!
- Michaela Coel on MacTaggart lecture: ‘I feel better having shared’. The Chewing Gum star shared her experience of racism and sexual assault in the TV industry. You can watch the full speech here.
- Have We Ever Had Enough Time To Read? by Christina Lupton.
- An old article on Media Diversified: Jess Phillips, Lena Dunham and White Feminism which is still very relevant and focuses particularly on women of colour being discredited in allegations of rape and sexual assault. I’ve been reading a lot in Solnit’s books about women in general being silenced and discredited, so this was an interesting article shedding light on how the intersection of race adds another layer of oppression to women who are able to speak out against abuse.