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This week in #FeministReads

Indian Feminisms: Individual and Collective Journeys - Edited by Abha Bhaiya, Poonam Kathuria

This collection of essays focuses on the post-1980s period of the Indian feminist movement, a moment rich in new and different modes of resistance, of widespread political engagements with issues of rights, of justice, of identity and much more. The writers here, all well-known activists and founders of some of the most important of feminist institutions, describe their individual and collective journeys, bringing attention to the movement, to their struggles, their campaigns, their victories and the challenges they have faced. In using the tools of feminist analysis – a focus on life stories, on oral accounts, on group formation and more – they also make a case for advocacy through legal and socio-political means.
Despite being one of the most dynamic of feminist movements in the world, the Indian feminist movement has seldom been recognized as such. And yet, in addressing how women’s oppression and discrimination lie at the intersection of complex inequalities of caste, of region and religion, of class, of patriarchy, race, ethnicity, to name only a few, the writers in this volume make a case for the need for constant introspection, reflection and self-questioning, so that the movement can learn and grow. They show how in India, and indeed across much of South Asia, it is feminists who have stood against capitalism, war and violence, environmental degradation and fundamentalism and have forged alliances with varied movements, learning from them, working strengthening them but also infusing them with a feminist analysis.
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Two months behind, have you already started your #everydayiswomensdayreadingchallenge hosted by me and the loveliest @ireadlikephoeberuns ? If not, now would be great time to jump in! All you need to do is to read some classical book written by some female author before the International Women’s Day 2019 and use the tag so we can find out what are you reading! Easy, isn’t it! ✨ // Joka päivä on naistenpäivä ja niin on myös naisten kirjoittaman klassikkokirjallisuuden päivä. ✨ Listailin blogiini #everydayiswomensdayreadingchallenge’en lukemiani kirjoja sekä niitä, joita vielä haluaisin seuraavan neljän kuukauden aikana lukea. Joko sinä olet aloittanut haasteen? Mitä kaikkea olet lukenut tai mitä ainakin haluaisit lukea ennen seuraavaa naistenpäivää? Vai onko kirjakin vielä hukassa? Siihen onneksi löytyy apua blogistani #mitäluimmekerran.fi! 🍂☕️





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Day 8 | #wrimohero
Share the first line of your novel. "The screen flickered blue, humming slightly with old age as power filtered through its mechanical synapses and circuitboards; I drummed impatient fingers against the sides of an unwitting teacup, casting a mess of small sounds into the silence." Unpublished (2018)

I'm feeling a bit vulnerable about sharing the first line to my novel, alone it looks weak and pathetic. So instead of focusing on me and my novel today, I want to talk about YOU LOT.

I have @thebbookclubb to thank for this beautiful recommendation, I'll be starting this week once I'm finished with Friday Black, which was a gift from @book_and_opera_musings.

It's amazing how much the #bookstagramcommunity has influenced my reading over the last year. From @novelscript getting me into African American literature, @whatsallyreadnext encouraging me to give #harukimurakami a second chance, to @sofia_reading broadening my #feministreadinglist AND my #china reading list with The Diary of Ma Yan. And I thought I was such a #chineseliterature expert!

I love how surprising and varied this community is, and how much I can learn from the incredible women (and occasionally men, @bookishsimon, I'm looking at you) who call #bookstagram home.

#QOTD:
WRITERS: If you're feeling brave, share the first line of your #WIP below.

READERS: What have you gained from being a part of the #bookstagrammer world? And who do you have to thank for getting there?

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This week in #FeministReads

ब्र (लोक आवृत्ती) (मराठी) - कविता महाजन
Brr (Lok Avruti)(Marathi)- Kavita Mahajan

ब्र' उच्चारणं सोपं नसतंच कधीही. 'ब्र' म्हणजे अवाक्षर. 'गप्प बस... नाहीतर...' या धमकीला न भिता धाडसानं उच्चारलेला शब्द म्हणजे ब्र! स्वत:बाहेर पडणं, हा अशा भीतीवरचा उत्तम उपाय. मग एक साधारण गृहिणी ते पूर्णवेळ कार्यकर्ती अशा एकीचा सुरू झालेला प्रवास. बाईच्या नजरेनं निरागसपणानं पाहिलेलं जग. एक प्रकारे आदिवासी भागातल्या अनुभवांचा अहवाल. त्यासोबत स्वयंसेवी संस्थांमधलं राजकारण आणि स्त्री-पुरुष संबंधांमधलं राजकारणदेखील! हे लेखन महानगर, शहर, खेडेगाव आणि आदिवासी वाड्यापाडे अशा सगळयांना सामावून घेतं. पुस्तकाला मिळालेले पुरस्कार: महाराष्ट्र राज्य उत्कृष्ट वाङ्मय पुरस्कार 2005-06 |

Brr is a collection of stories about women sarpanch in the aftermath of the formalisation of the Panchayati Raj in the 1990s.
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#FemPositive #FemPositiveResources #FeministResources #feministwriters #marathiliterature #KavitaMahajan #IndianFeminisms #feministarchive #feministread #Readwomen #womenwriting #womenshistory #womenshistories #instabook #instaread #booklovers #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #readinglist #feministreadinglist


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Maya Rao's performance at the launch of @zubaanbooks 'Breaching The Citadel', a collection of essays on sexual violence and impunity in India yesterday

#feministscholarship #booklaunch #feministreadinglist #mayarao #theatre #performance #monologue #metoo #metooindia #womensstudies #feminism #intersectionality #delhi #zubaan


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“Men often react to women’s words—speaking and writing—as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence. So we lower our voices. Women whisper. Women apologise. Women shut up. Women trivialise what we know. Women shrink. Women pull back. Women have experienced enough dominance from men—control, violence, insult, contempt—that no threat seems empty.”
Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse, 1987
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#andreadworkin #radicalfeministanalysis #foresisters #foresight #1987 #feministreadinglist #feminismisforwomen #cassandra


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Whenever I have a cold 😷 (and that’s what I have now.. :)) I catch up on my favourite tv shows, naps, some admin and reading. :) I’m going through my feminist reading list and if you need some 📚 inspiration, this print called Feminist Reading List comes with... you guessed it Feminist Reading List ✔️ 📚 📖 Makes a great present or a reminder for yourself, to keep finding words and vocabulary and tools :) ⚒ 💥
#feministreadinglist #illustration


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"Space is the mother. Earth is the father. And for your wickedness, your father has cast you out. You will live out your lives in penitence and service here on... BITCH PLANET." A quick reread. This is the feminist comic series of your dreams. Women deemed non-compliant are banished to a prison planet. They resist, they rise up.
Even more chilling this time around was the introduction of Facility One where trans inmates are kept. "We were the first to be sent away," it reads, "We are always the first." Stay non-compliant, my friends. And VOTE!


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There might be a theme to my most recent acquisitions...


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In a recent @electricliterature ⚡️ piece, @kateharding wrote: “Right now, every woman I know is a live wire, snapped and flailing, in a storm that doesn’t look like it’ll let up any time soon.”
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😤 I can’t speak for all the women I know, but it holds up for me. I’ve been stewing a lot—thinking about both what happens in my personal life when I express anger rather than bottling it in, and what women can do with collective rage. 🙅🏽‍♀️🙅🏾‍♀️🙅🏻‍♀️🙅🏿‍♀️🙅🏼‍♀️ It’s been hard to focus on my own work. I’ve always been ashamed of any of my own anger and tried to squash it as quickly as possible—it felt unproductive, like all it did was disrupt my life. But on the @callyrgf podcast 🎧 recently, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman were talking about how productive and positive a force anger can actually be. I’m just not sure how to channel it in a productive way yet, either in my personal life and career or in a broader political sense.
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If you’re into this stuff, just google “female rage” or “female anger”—it feels like a hot topic right now. 🔥 I picked up two books to get started learning more:
📖 Rage Becomes Her, by Soraya Chemaly
📚 Good and Mad, by Rebecca Traister
But if you’re looking to investigate this matter further (aka rage against the machine!!!), check out that article from Kate Harding for Electric Lit. It’s called: A Master Class in Women’s Rage. And it’s a big list of writing about women’s anger, with links to pieces on everything from “Apocalypse Logic” by Elissa Washuta and ”What to do when you’re raped: an ABC handbook for native girls” by Lucy Bonner, to Audre Lorde’s essay “The Uses of Anger” and Catherine Chung’s “Yellow Peril and the American Dream.” There’s enough here for a year of study. I’m (belatedly) diving into the literature. If you have writing to add or other sources to check out, I’d love to hear it.


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October’s Literary Edit is a list of books from some of our favorite female authors, it was thoughtfully compiled by @lisabutterworth in conversation with @quarterlane Editorial and Creative Director @samanthajhahn // Link in bio . Illustration by @samanthajhahn .
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#thefoldmag #thefoldmagazine #feministreadinglist #theliteraryedit


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I basically only read books written by women this summer 🤷🏻‍♀️


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Dabbling in a bit of feminist reading, I finished @mscaitlinmoran ‘s book #howtobeawoman on my 3hr journey home from London yesterday (due to a tree on the track!). This book is funny, easy to read and questions the role of feminism today. It confirmed many of my feminist opinions but challenged others. I would recommend this as an easy way in to the genre! Next on my reading list is #rebecca by #daphniedumaurier 🙃


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I painted this Feminist Reading list in May, for myself and for a friend who said she wasn’t a feminist (she totes is). This is the first year when I didn’t add read more books to my new years resolutions but then I wanted to have a list of essential books, to give me language to express things and gain knowledge about a subject I’m super passionate about. And I am doing quite alright with the reading list, this summer I went through those books (swipe to see some of them :). You can find the blogpost with feminist books on my blog and get a print in my shop (it comes with a printed list ;). And if you have any recommendations, please let me know! 📚 #feministreadinglist #feminist #readinglist


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Anyone who thinks feminism isn’t necessary in today’s society needs to read this right away. @clementine_ford is such an articulate writer and absolute boss lady. #feministreadinglist #clemford #booksforgirls


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The Handmaid's Tale - highly recommended for your feminist summer reading list!🏖️☀️ #feministreadinglist #feministbooks #atwood #margaretatwood #handmaidstale #recommendedreading #booksstagram #alltimeclassic #seriesandbooks #summerreading


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I've just finished Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf. I feel like my world has been blown apart and put back together in a way that makes much more sense and will bring me much more happiness.

This book has totally changed me: changed the way I view relationships, changed the way I think about sex, changed the way I understand how people interact and has made me love my vagina and being a woman more than I thought possible. Because I really loved my vagina and being a woman before.

From how the vagina is wired and connected to the rest of your body, why we orgasm differently, how vaginas and women have been seen and treated over the ages and how to have more and better orgasms (alongside better relationships), this book has taught me so many things.

I will now be telling everyone I know to read this. Male and female. Especially male.

I also want to look up the tantric sex guy in North London.

READ THIS BOOK.

And if you have read it, what did you think? Let's chat

Artwork by the ever excellent @clubclitoris

#thisisavagina #vagina #vaginabiography #naomiwolf #feminist #feministbookclub #tantricsex #loveyourvulva #bopo #loveyourvagina #orgasms #whyilovearmpits #bookclub #feministreadinglist @naomirwolf


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Up late last night and now up early this morning reading the startling page turner VOX by @cvdalcher. It takes place in a not-too-distant future, when women have been governed out of the public sphere and a terrifying limit has been placed on their freedom: they may speak one hundred words a day, or else. “What would you do to be heard?” Thanks for the early look, @berkleypub! It releases Aug 21. #amreading #vox #feministreadinglist


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While the notorious #rbg gets a lot of love for her courageous dissents, not to be forgotten is Justice #SandraDayOconnor. As the first woman to sit on the #scotus, she was a key decider in the #roevwade case, and future defenses of #reproductiverights, that helped protect the freedoms of American women to this day. The book “Sisters in Law”, tells the story of two very different women who found themselves on the court together, fighting for justice and recognition in a male dominated field.


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Next on the #feministreadinglist: “Men explain things to me” by #rebeccasolnit. Bonus: sleeping cat and a balmy summer evening #summer #mansplaining #feminism


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From the beginning of “Her Body and Other Parties,” a debut book of stories from Carmen Maria Machado. This book is comprised of “eight startling stories that map the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.” This is definitely going on our reading list. Be sure to visit www.welcometomyvagina.com to sign up for our newsletter and find out about all the upcoming haps, including our Reading List for Hungry Vaginas! You won’t regret it! .
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Thanks for the book, @triptoytravels . #readinglist #reading #hungry #vagina #feminist #feministreadinglist #shortstories #fiction #sciencefiction #welcometomyvagina #podcast #educate #read #learn #body @carmenmmachado


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Feminist Reading List for noobs:
(Scroll to the bottom for a v imp question)

1. Seeing Like A Feminist: read this one first years ago and it was my red pill lite for putting words to the idea that family can be an oppressive structure. Also intro to feminism in an Indian context
2. Gender and Patriarchy - can't fangirl V. Geetha enough. Both are from the Theorizing Feminism series which takes theories out of the classroom realm (SO important). 'Gender' blew my mind. Where I first read about Engels and the origins of private property, the origins of patriarchy and was like oh nooo it's all about power, people have been evilish forever. 'Gender' is more accessible. 'Patriarchy' isn't as easy a read. Way more academic.
3. Women, Race & Class - Davis is fucking cool. This was the book I read second and Really understood for the first time intersectional feminism and why WOC don't buy white feminism and thought about it's parallels in India. Feminism is a huuuuge movement and nothing about it is simple
4. Women's Studies Reader - is a giant academic tome with essays and extracts on a large list of feminist subjects from health to education to violence. It is great and a difficult read.
For queer writing I am forever recommending one of my faves #theargonauts by Maggie Nelson to everybody. It's nonfic memoir semi-academic. I have a lot of queer reading to catch up on obvs.

I realized sometime in this past year that I understand US politics better than Indian, and it's a damn shame. A lot of the reading was picked up during that phase. Now that I'm actually studying Gender I want to read more, madly. When I have the spoons I've been considering doing a series -- basically blurb of cool/important concept covered in lecture and associated book if any. I say this bc as a layperson myself I didn't know where to begin and I think understanding these frameworks are kind of like taking the red pill in the Matrix. Lmk in the comments or DMs if you'd be interested

#feministreadinglist #feminism #feminisminindia #intersectionality #intersectionalfeminism #bookstagram #angeladavis #patriarchy #academia #readinglist #india #gender #weshouldallbefeminists #readwomen


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A little early for #feministfriday, but how about a #feministthursday post about the #forgottenvoices of the world's #revolutionarywomen.

Women played major roles in recent #revolutions such as the Arab Spring, democratisation in South Korea, the Civil Rights Movement. Women also, unfortunately, tend to pay the highest price for their #revolutionary activities.

South Korean revolutionary women were systematically raped, tortured sexually and then their role in initiating and leading the early democratisation movement was carefully forgotten by #Korean history. Until very recently, their stories were all but wiped from the history books written happily by the men who later lived under the democracy that they had sacrificed so much for.

Han Kang's Human Acts deals a little with this dark period of South Korea's history as a military dictatorship supported and funded by the United States. She refers constantly to Fanta bottles and other American products, literally sitting atop the coffins of revolutionary men and women who were murdered by the regime.

#QOTD: Have you read any stories about revolutionary women?

#AOTD: Though it's very specific to my gender and race, I owe my right to vote to the Suffragists and Suffragettes who outraged their in-laws, risked divorce and the loss of their children, and, in some cases, their lives to allow me the right to vote. Their movement was narrow, and by no means universal, but it was a start. For that, I will always try to make the best use of my vote, my voice, that they have given me.

#forgottenvoicesofliterature

Don't forget to use the tag, I'll be featuring my favourite posts of the month in my Highlights!

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My goal over summer break was to read some books by (or about) some kick ass ladies. In a summer where we have had a crazy news cycle, these authors have provided some much needed inspiration to make some positive change. Thanks, @jennifer.palmieri , @unforettable , @cecilerichards #myfeministreadinglist #feministreadinglist


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