‘One is not born, but rather becomes, woman. No biological, psychical or economic destiny defines the figure that human female takes on in society; it is civilisation as a whole that elaborates this intermediary product between the male and the eunuch that is called feminine. Only the mediation of another can constitute an individual as an Other‘.
The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir, Pg.293
I stated in the About page, when I first started this blog, that I wanted to include thoughts and reviews on key feminist texts. However, so far, I have been quite slack in this respect. That is why I have created a brand new page dedicated to feminist (non-fiction) texts. So this will include key feminist texts and manifestos, such as Simone de Beauvoir’s The Second Sex, as well as biographies and studies on both feminist activists, such as the Pankhursts, and female writers, such as George Eliot. I also want to try and include books on the history of feminism and the votes for women movement in Great Britain (and eventually branch out to other countries).
I will link my posts to any non-fiction, feminist text here, on this page, and hopefully work my way through the pile of books that are pictured above throughout the year.
Here are some interesting websites dedicated to feminism and female equality:
- The Fawcett Society – a UK campaigning organisation for women’s equality and rights.
- The F Word – an online magazine dedicated to talking about and sharing ideas on contemporary UK feminism.
- Birds Eye View Film Festival – founded as a response to the fact that women still continue to be vastly underrepresented both in front of and behind the camera.
- Object – challenges the sexual objectification of women in society, through lad’s mags, lap dancing clubs and sexist advertising.
- Reclaim the Night – The London Feminist Network organises an annual march against rape and sexual violence.
- Womankind Worldwide – an international women’s rights charity working in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
- Women for Refugee Women – challenges the injustices experienced by women who seek asylum.
- Women’s Resource Centre – the leading national umbrella organisation for women’s charities.
- Reclaiming the F Word: Feminism Today by Catherine Redfern and Kristin Aune
- Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson
- Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates
- Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution by Laurie Penny
- The Pankhursts: The History of One Radical Family by Martin Pugh