I am pleased to be involved in the blogtour to promote I Call Myself a Feminist. I Call Myself a Feminist is available now in ebook format and paperback format, publisher Virago.
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Is feminism still a dirty word? We asked twenty-five of the brightest, funniest, bravest young women what being a feminist in 2015 means to them.
We hear from Laura Bates (of the Everyday Sexism Project), Reni Eddo-Lodge (award-winning journalist and author), Yas Necati (an eighteen-year-old activist), Laura Pankhurst, great-great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and an activist in her own right, comedian Sofie Hagen, engineer Naomi Mitchison and Louise O’Neill, author of the award-winning feminist Young Adult novel Only Ever Yours. Writing about a huge variety of subjects, we have Martha Mosse on how she became a feminist, Alice Stride on sexism in language, Amy Annette addressing the body politic and Samira Shackle on having her eyes opened in a hostel for survivors of acid attacks in Islamabad, while Maysa Haque thinks about the way Islam has informed her feminism and Isabel Adomakoh Young insists that women don’t have to be perfect. There are twelve other performers, politicians and writers who include Jade Anouka, Emily Benn, Abigail Matson-Phippard, Hajar Wright and Jinan Younis.
Is the word feminist still to be shunned? Is feminism still thought of as anti-men rather than pro-human? Is this generation of feminists – outspoken, funny and focused – the best we’ve had for long while? Has the internet given them a voice and power previously unknown?
Rachel Holmes’ most recent book is Eleanor Marx: A Life; Victoria Pepe is a literary scout; Amy Annette is a comedy producer currently working on festivals including Latitude; Alice Stride works for Women’s Aid and Martha Mosse is a freelance producer and artist.
I’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.
I found this book which is a collection of quotes and thoughts from 25 young women quite informative and interesting. The 25 women came from very different backgrounds, we had journalists, activists, authors, comedians. Reading about how Emily Benn, politician, writer and granddaughter to the late Labour MP Tony Benn, was perceived and treated by her peers was enlightening.
The individual quotes interspersed between the thoughts of the young women were great, a couple I liked were:
“The F-word is Fairness.” (Kate Mosse)
“In my understanding, the women’s movement is first and foremost about memory. It is about remembering the women who lived, who struggled, works and loved before us, including those we have never heard about.” (Elif Shafak)
I believe anyone whether they are male or female, young or old, is capable of doing any job and the person that is employed to do that job should be the one that proves the most accomplished. We should all be judged on our merits and strengths not on any preconceived idea …