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This week in #FeministReads

Shubala: Child-Mother - Cornelia Sorabji

Excerpt from Shubala: A Child-Mother. Shubala was ten years old when the tragedy happened, and you also would call it a tragedy, if you had known Shubala as I had done since she was a baby; and had tried as I had done to make for her something of the happy childhood of play which is the lot of my English Baby-friends across the Seas. The tragedy was marriage-which, said her mother, could not really, no not even for love of me, be postponed a minute longer. "But for love of you" she explained, "Shubala would have been married at 4 years of age. Yes, as I myself was married" And the statement was, I found, alas true indeed.
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"And if you're reading this now, in its moment, with me; if you've gotten to this page because you've been feeling rage at the unfairness and injustice and at the flaws of this country and because your anger is making you want to change your life in order to change the world, then I have something incredibly important to say: Don't forget how this feels." - Rebecca Traister, 'Good and Mad'

Yes, another book about women's anger. No, I'm not going to stop reading them anytime soon. 'Good and Mad' differs from the others by focusing not on why women are enraged - is it not obvious at this point? - but on how their fury galvanizes them into action. Traister takes us through contemporary politics, #metoo, the systematic ways in which women's anger are diffused and delegitimized, as well as how the collective rage of women has shaped our country profoundly, crusading for suffrage, civil rights, and labor rights. It's a good reminder that this anger is not new, and that change is incremental. Small victories, and even narrow defeats, pave the way for future change.
I've been a fan of Traister's since reading 'All the Single Ladies,' her book illustrating the rise of independent women. Despite the title, it is not just for unattached women. It'll make you feel justified in your choices and open about your future.


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Very little has been written about the life of women on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain before Barbara Einhorn first published her Cinderella Goes to Market in 1993.
More importantly, Einhorn writes about what she then asumed to be the potential future of Central and Eastern European women - faced with the double burden of paid and domestic labour, the fall of the regimes to some extent complicated their lives. This work was prophetic.
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The Ferrante Saga is among the best book series I've ever read. 📚💔 Feeling all the feelings 💓📚 This is a wonderfully narrated tale of a life-long friendship between two exceptional women, Elena and Lila. This is a declaration of Love to Naples, but the protagonists' relationship to their place of origin is not straightforward. Naples is complex and compelling, violent and abusive, mesmerising and repelling. Philosophical and sociocritical passages merge with psychological insights and wonderful descriptions of the Neapolitan area. Ferrante's writing is so moving, but never melodramatic, the worlds she creates in her four novels - both the space the women live in and explore as well as their emotional struggles - are described in such vivid terms, it's as if you've become a part of it at the end of the saga. Oh how I wish I knew Italian 💓
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This week in #FeministReads

South Asian Technospaces - Radhika Gajjala & Venkataramana Gajjala

This book provides perspectives on how South Asian - often, more specifically, Indian - diasporas inhabit techno-mediated environments through their economic and socio-cultural activities. The themes examined include religion, caste, language, and gender in online communities and call centers, and the roles of these factors in the global economy, Bollywood online and offline, digital music, websites for arranging marriages, and so on. The book attempts to map "South Asia" in relation to global technospaces produced through and as a consequence of economic globalization efforts. .
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If I was to name my most favourite feminist classic, it would certainly be Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth which was first published in 1990 (also the year of my birth). The book speaks volumes on the concept of beauty, patriarchy, exploitation and capitalism. It has had many editions and its message is still valid.
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And another #genderstudies and #queerstudies classic. American scholar Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick wrote Between Men: English Literature and the Male Homosocial Desire in the 80s with the ambition to criticise the narrative of homosocial relations (between two or more men) where women constitute an object, a commodity which is to be exchanged. A vital read for all #creativewriting classes.
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Finished holiday reads! Phoebe Robinson (Sooo Many White Guys and Two Dope Queens podcasts) "Everything's Trash But It's Okay" and Erin Gibson (Throwing Shade podcast) "Feminasty: The Complicated Woman's Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death." Two funny, fierce feminasties take on reproductive rights, sexism, sizism, racism, the NFL, bad dates, 3rd wave feminism, micro agressions, the Women's march, stds, personal finances, workaholics, and that old chesnut: The Patriarchy. Laugh, cry, get informed, get enraged and "don't be ig". YQY! #everythingstrashbutitsokay #phoeberobinson #2dopequeens #soomanywhiteguys #feminasty #eringibson #throwingshade #feministreadinglist #holidayreads


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#Repost @theopenbookshelf (@get_repost)
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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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First published in 1989, Sex, Politics & Society by Jeffrey Weeks is a classic of British sexuality studies. This is its 2nd edition and definitely one of the most valuable books I own.
Jeffrey Weeks has been very prolific and his writings have been cardinal to the development of queer theory.
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Behold, I Shine: Narratives Of Kashmir’s Women And Children - Freny Manecksha

Set in the once-fabled land of Kashmir, Behold, I Shine moves beyond male voices and focuses, instead, on what the struggle means for the Valley’s women and children-those whose husbands remain untraceable; whose mothers are half-widows; those who have confronted the wrath of ‘Ikhwanis’, or the scrutiny of men in uniform and what it means to stand up to it all. This book also brings to focus the resilience of the Valley’s women and children-of activists like Parveena Ahangar and Anjum Zamrud Habib, who, after debilitating losses, start human rights organizations; of ordinary homemakers like Munawara who have taken on the judiciary and of a young generation of thinkers like Uzma Falak and Essar Batool who foreground the interaction of gender, politics and religion and won’t let Kashmir forget. Stitching together their narratives, Behold, I Shine not only memorializes women’s voices-thus far forgotten, unwritten, suppressed or side-lined-but also celebrates the mighty spirit of the Valley.
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We love how our top Instagram post of the year reflects the wise, empowering and well read community we have on this platform. Thank you for following along in 2018, and if you want a recap of some of our favorite stories from this past year, click through to the link in our bio for @bklauer ‘s full list. // Illustration from our Feminist Reading List post by @lisabutterworth by @samanthajhahn .
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The look he gave us when he found out none of us is even halfway through the Christmas reading list :/
Currently trying to finish Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (2017) by Reni Eddo-Lodge a black feminist based in London. I will be recommending this book to all my friends and confused acquanitnances in 2019.
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Christmas reading list <3 Feeling very lucky. A few years ago I would have smashed through these in a couple of weeks but with an almost three year old and a new job/ career change, these should last me a good few months.
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This week in #FeministReads

A Question of Silence: The Sexual Economies of Modern India - edited by Mary E. John, Janaki Nair
Has there been a ‘conspiracy of silence’ regarding sexuality in India, be it within social movements or as a focus of scholarship? A Question of Silence? interrogates this assumption in order to thematise a crucial field. Prefaced by a detailed introductory overview, the essays use diverse perspectives to develop an understanding of the institutions, practices and forms of representation of sexual relations and their boundaries of legitimacy.
From unravelling the Kamasutra (the text) to investigating KamaSutra (the condom) the volume includes essays on how sexuality has been framed by the law, within social movements, or has been the site for patrolled caste, ethnic or gender identities. Other essays analyze cinematic, televisual and literary representations of sexuality. Taken as a whole, this book makes room for more wide-ranging approaches for tackling the sexual economies of desire and violence among men and women in modern India.
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Absolute score at the local library today. 💪 What’s on your Xmas reading list friends?


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Resisting Disappearance: Military Occupation and Women's Activism in Kashmir - Ather Zia

Drawn from Ather Zia's ten years of engagement with the Association of the Parents of the Disappeared Persons (APDP) as an anthropologist and fellow Kashmiri activist, Resisting Disappearance follows mothers and "half-widows" as they step boldly into courts, military camps, and morgues in search of their disappeared kin. Through an amalgam of ethnography, poetry, and photography, Zia illuminates how dynamics of gender and trauma in Kashmir have been transformed in the face of South Asia's longest-running conflict, providing profound insight into how Kashmiri women and men nurture a politics of resistance while facing increasing military violence under India.
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Womanwriting = Manreading? - J. Devika

The Malayalam literary public is one of the most vibrant in India, and thrives on the long history of widespread literacy in the state of Kerala. It is well described as the beating heart of Kerala s public life. Historically, it has been the space in which entrenched power structures encountered their earliest challenges. Not surprisingly, then, critiques of patriarchy in twentieth-century Kerala were first heard and continued to be raised there, even when they had become muffled in wider public discussion.
Womanwriting = Manreading? is a provocative take on some of the raging debates in Malayalam literature, which surely resonate elsewhere. But it also raises the important question: can we tell the story of women's antipatriarchal writing in Malayalam in a way that highlights the force and drama of their confrontations with the male-dominated literary establishment?
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Heute zum Nikolo haben wir eines der coolsten Türchen überhaupt für euch!
Zu gewinnen gibt es ein Jahresabo des super feministischen, informativen und inklusiven Magazins @an.schlaege 📚💪😏😍💝
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Während die so genannte Frauen*ministerin dem gerade in diesen schwierigen Zeiten so wichtigen, kritischen Medium die Fördermittel streicht, machen wir das Gegenteil!
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Solidarität mit lauten, diversen feministischen Stimmen zu allem von Politik und Popkultur über die Welt der Arbeit bis hin zu Essen, sexueller Selbstbestimmung und vielem mehr!
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Solidarität mit vielfältigen, kritischen Perspektiven, für die im Mainstream kein Platz ist!
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Solidarität mit einem Magazin, von dem wir noch in jeder Ausgabe neue Zusammenhänge gelernt haben und immer wieder aufs Neue motiviert wurden, die Welt jeden Tag ein Stück feministischer, und damit gerechter und gleichwertiger zu machen! 💪
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Wer sich diesen feministischen Lesespaß ein Jahr lang nicht entgehen lassen möchte, kommentiert hier, warum gerade ihr dieses tolle Abo bekommen solltet und taggt uns auch in einer Story! 😊🌈
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This week on #femedicbookclub, our Founder Monica is reading ‘Is gender fluid?’ By Sally Hines. •

She says “This book is such a joy to read — not only for the way Hines breaks down difficult concepts, but for the beautiful design!” •

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Kris Kringle #wilmatote . I made one of these a few years ago after I got interested in dressmaking and sewing things other than quilts. We use that pineapple bag so much. Its a perfect size for the beach and pool, a picnic blanket, or to chuck linen in if you're going to a holiday house or comfy car camping. So easy to make too. I lined mine - simply repeated steps for the main body, basted it inside and sewed it down under the facing strips. I used a thick velvet which made it a bit tricky when sewing over the facing, straps and body - I swapped to a jeans needle after breaking a universal. Pattern in #lottajansdottereverydaystyle. #feministreadinglist.


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Wonder how Catharine MacKinnon feels about the backlash to #metoo...
First published in 1979, MacKinnon set out to make sexual harassment recognised as a form of gender discrimination in workplace.
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Check your local library for lost classics. The works of Raewyn Connell have become the backbone of sociology of masculinities. Monograph The Men and the Boys was first published in 2000, as it deals with masculinities of school, sports, homosexual masculinities and the working class. Always a pleasure to read, not only for her random cynical remarks.
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A Forgotten Liberator: The Life and Struggle of Savitribai Phule - Edited by Braj Ranjan Mani & Pamela Sardar

This collection of essays brings alive the life & struggle of Savitribai, perhaps the greatest woman of the nineteenth century India. We find in this book examples of her poetry never before translated into English. An essay from one of her own dalit school girls encapsulates the misery of their plight and the passion with which they sought justice. Personal letters to her husband, Jotirao Phule, reveal the battle she fought within her family, community and with society for education and justice for the downtrodden.
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