I’ve always been interested in feminism, although no expert I believe it’s a subject that we should be more actively engaged with.
At the moment I’m reading Natasha Walter’s ‘Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism’ which investigates how the traditional words often associated with feminism such as ‘choice and empowerment’ are now being sold back to women in our highly sexualised society where an increasingly narrow vision of feminism and sexuality is seen as the norm. In her own words;
‘I once believed that we only had to put in place the conditions for equality for the remnants of old-fashioned sexism in our culture to wither away. I am ready to admit that I was wrong’
Natasha Walter is best known for her groundbreaking book ‘The New Feminism’, published in 1998 which aims to separate the personal from the political by making feminism, also know as equality accessable to all.
A more controversial thought leader within this arena, Susie Orbach the psychotherapist, writer and public figure who wrote ‘Fat is a Feminist Issue’ which famously exposes the links between sexual politics and female dieting is back in the public eye with Endangered Species, an international summit which challenges, ‘…the toxic culture that teaches women and girls to hate their bodies’.
The London section of this summit is coming up this week on Friday the 4th March at the Royal Festival Hall. Below is the winning poster which challenges the body beautiful culture and is now on the cover of DIVA magazine and billboards across London.