Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies): Amazing women on what the F-word means to them

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Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies): Amazing women on what the F-word means to them

Feminists Don't Wear Pink (and other lies): Amazing women on what the F-word means to them

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CWs: misogyny/sexism, mentions of rape, mentions of transphobia, description of genital mutilation, racism. I don't believe 'at home mums' should feel ashamed or like they are somehow lesser women for not having full-blown careers and I don't want to walk around bra-less, wearing tampons as earrings. It seems to frame the idea that "periods are solely a female issue" as equal to "periods are a human issue" - which it isn't (both in feminism and in general).

In February 2017 she began writing a weekly column for The Sunday Times Style titled The Generation Z Hit List. As much as I adore Saoirse Ronan as an actor, having her piece as the opener was incredibly underwhelming. I want it to be illegal to discriminate, and legislation to be put in place that makes it pointless to discriminate. Not only are books much harder to engage with in terms of starting a dialogue (as opposed to online), but they also occupy a place of authority in society. For example, feminists (and women in general) do talk to their sons about sexism - perhaps now more than ever.

It is still the absolute last thing I would recommend to newbie feminists for the main reason that a lot of these women didn't seem to know what feminism is themselves. Readers beginning their feminist journey will find Claire Horn’s ‘A Short History of Feminist Theory’ especially useful, summarising as it does the movement’s origins, multi-stranded history and contemporary incarnations.

There are women who have only recently become aware of their need for feminism, and there are women who have been attending protests for years. Compiling this book has been one of the most incredible and complex experiences of my life, and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt so far, it’s that feminism is not the same for everyone. Because so many women of different backgrounds and with different identities contributed to this anthology, it's a great introductory read that never lectures the reader or imposes a one-sided idea on them of what feminism should be. All in all, I think this is worth the read if you're unsure about what feminism means to you or if you just want to get more of a grasp on the basics.

In addition, this book also provided statistics (the advantages of equality in women's education and work) and studies (on the colour pink! Each examines what feminism means to that one person and the closeness or contradictions the individual feels and faces within the feminist movement. A book of honourable intentions, but I’d recommend Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche’s Dear Ijeawele for highly practical feminist advice. As a disabled black woman, the conversation with Lena Dunham in particular reminded me why I’m wary of (and ultimately stopped) listening to feminist content by white women. Plus there's a fab reading list at the back so it gets bonus points for that, because who doesn't need more book recommendations?

However, while recycling is great, there also need to be bigger, systematic changes if we are to save the planet, such as stopping companies from polluting the oceans and discrediting the "climate denial" movement.We, self-proclaimed feminists, no longer have tha stigma of being frumpy, hating men, being lesbians, hating makeup and fashion, having moustaches bigger than 14 year old hormone packed boys and, guess what? Es bringt dich zum Lachen, zum nachdenken und manchmal wunderst du dich nur, dass Andere sich schon die selben Gedanken dazu gemacht haben.

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