Reclaiming the F Word, Catherine Redfern & Kristin Aune

Feminism is: “The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.” – Emma Watson, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador


 

This is a non-fiction book that I read quite a while ago. (A recent lecture in gender and language discourse reminded me I hadn’t written about it on here yet, despite discussing many times with friends and family!) It’s a really interesting book, and about a very important subject, with references to our modern agenda and the views of people today including the New Feminist Movement.

This was an inspiring and captivating read, and I really felt myself becoming more and more invested in what was being said. There were moments I did feel angry at the situation, about what some people have to go through – how are things still like this?? But what made it hit home most is that everything was backed up with statistics – some of which were extremely eye-opening.

The book was structured very well – it looked at different broad issues and sub-sections within them: Liberated Bodies, Sexual Freedom & Choice,  Equality at Work and Home and many more. Naturally the book is unable to cover everything (with feminism being a huge and increasing movement), but the book is explicit about this limitation, which I actually felt was encouraging rather than disappointing.

The equality of all people is such an important issue, and this was a brilliant read to enlighten me even more on the past and future of this movement. I read it on a train journey to Cardiff and back to see my sister (about 6 hours in total), but I am certain that it would be an easy book to dip in and out of. I would recommend this book to everyone (even if you think you know everything about feminism, there is always more to discover), not only because it raises important questions, but also because it’s just so interesting!

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Quote taken from Emma Watson’s speech on 20 September 2014 – See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2014/9/emma-watson-gender-equality-is-your-issue-too#sthash.WsrqazL5.dpuf


 

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