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.
For the first time ever I wrote out a list of books I wanted to read this month and I’m already falling behind! I can’t believe we’re already halfway through September. On my list are: The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit (I finished that towards the end of last week), This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein (which I’m currently reading), a review copy of Not That Bad edited by Roxane Gay, another review copy of Belly Up by Rita Bullwinkel, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Hopefully I’ll pick up the pace a bit in the second half of this month.
In terms of bookish/feminist related articles I’ve been reading, here are some from the week just gone:
- I am so intrigued by this book by Anna Dahlqvist, It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation – a book exploring the shame and silence surrounding periods around the world. Here’s a good review on The Daily Vox by Fatima Moosa, ‘It’s Only Blood’ Fights Stigma And Shame Around Menstruation.
- Another book which sounds fascinating to add to the wish list: ‘Ponti’ is About How Society Turns Women Into Monsters – an interview with Singaporean-born author Sharlene Teo on Electric Lit.
- I always love a good book list. Here’s the 50 biggest books of autumn 2018, including new releases by Kate Atkinson, Barbara Kingsolver, Rebecca Solnit, NK Jemisin and Carol Ann Duffy.
- I feel like I’ve given a lot of posts over to the repugnant Boris Johnson lately, what with his ridiculously stupid and damaging comments about Muslim women and now his divorce and alleged affair with former communications director for the Conservative Party, Carrie Symonds. However, the way many news outlets reported the story reconfirmed the tired, outdated, sexist language that has permeated the media for decades. Read The Carrie Symonds headlines show how little has changed since Monica Lewinsky on The Pool website, it’s infuriating!
- Almost fate, Friday’s Books that made me feature on the Guardian website featured author Paula Hawkins talking about The Secret History! ‘The Secret History inspired me to write crime fiction’. If you didn’t catch this week’s Friday Reads, I also recommended Donna Tartt’s debut, read more about it here.
- The longlist for the 2018 National Book Awards was released this week. Check it out here.
- This story is amazing – BBC short story prize selects all-female shortlist for fifth time AND all the entries are judged blind!
- Love, politics and patriarchy: British Muslim women are taking back their narrative – here is a host of creative Muslim women rewriting the Islamaphobic, racist and misogynist rhetoric that has steadily increased since the 9/11 terrorist attacks from spoken word poet, Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan, to the Hip-hop Hijabis and Mahfouz Sabrina’s anthology of short stories and poetry entitled The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write.
- When we talk about Serena, we must talk about racism – a brilliant piece about how race – and gender – compounds the discrimination Serena Williams faces in light of the US Open Final.
- In light of the fantastic news that India has decriminalised homosexuality, Jasmine Andersson argues that we mustn’t forget the fact that law – Section 377 – which curtailed the rights of the LGBTQ+ community was put in place by the British and the British Empire span far and wide across the globe. Read the full article here: Britain exported anti-LGBTQ+ laws around the world – and we need to stop ignoring it.