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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If you're going to speak from that place of authority, you should know what you're talking about and what you're contributing to the conversation ( especially if you're going to sell it for GBP 12. If we're going to be good feminists, then I think we have a responsibility to nurture not only ourselves, but the future men who are going to stand alongside future women. Apalagi mengingat terminologi "feminis" di Indonesia seringkali diasosiasikan dengn "social justice warrior" atau SJW. I want it to be illegal to discriminate, and legislation to be put in place that makes it pointless to discriminate.

The lies we have been told about feminism have been fed to us to hold us back from a movement that is actually for everyone. Maybe it's about being a woman in her truth, fighting for her cause, her dreams, her vision and doing it exactly as she sees fit. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and Other Lies is a collection of writing from extraordinary women, from Hollywood actresses to teenage activists, each telling the story of her personal relationship with feminism. So…to then come away and criticise the large majority of a book that over 50 women worked towards…honestly it feels like blasphemy.Curtis reminds us not to forget injustices happening in countries stuck in tradition, where the patriarchy is still celebrated even now: male-only votes, underage and/or forced marriage, FGM, period poverty, education restrictions, reproductive rights, prejudice and violence against the LGBT+ community, among a shocking number of others. Especially because of the inclusive essays, I really do think it would be a great read for teens trying to familiarize themselves with feminism.

However, I strongly believe that the reason behind ending (for example) period poverty, should not be "because periods are magical and make us women". After reading this I am filled with an urgent desire to actually go out and do something about these wrongs! But arguing "feminism needs to do more for men" and contributing little else (while overlooking the broader picture of men and feminism) does nothing for anyone.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. Scarlett chats to her guests about being a 'minority', single parent families and sexism in the comedy world. Moreover, as I'm not new to reading about feminism, I feel like I only learnt something new from a minority of writing pieces, so that was a bit of a let-down, but the book isn't at fault in that!

Feminists don’t wear pink covers a wide basis: gender equality, sexual abuse and harassment, ‘slut’ and body-shaming, economic inequality, gender wage gap, workplace inequality, objectification, domestic abuse, child marriage, sexual slavery and prostitution, disability, ‘likeability’ and underrepresentation, particularly in politics, just to name a few. As it's a collection, I loved some of the writings (especially those about lesser talked about topics), when I wasn't convinced by others. The writings were categorised into groups such as “epiphany” (discovering feminism), and I almost wish they weren’t.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. Dalam kompilasi tulisan ini, Curtis membaginya menjadi beberapa bagian menurut efek yang mereka terima ketika mengenal kata "feminisme": Epiphany, Anger, Joy, Poetry Break, Action, dan Education. Feminists Don’t Wear Pink carries such a valuable sentiment; it’s a fairly decent crash course in feminism; it’s so energetic. Because periods don’t affect men and we live in a deeply patriarchal world, they are shrouded in shame and apology.

CWs: misogyny/sexism, mentions of rape, mentions of transphobia, description of genital mutilation, racism.Before I start this review, I just want to make it clear that I am a feminist and I still did not like this book. 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. It became an event, with me buddy reading this with my friend Jess and setting time aside in my hectic uni reading schedule to make sure I read it.

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