A bookish favourite: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink

Femicide. Domestic abuse. Stalking. Up-skirting. Harassment. These are a few of my least favourite things๐Ÿ˜ 

The ‘F’ word is so polarising in the modern age, with some people dismissing the need for feminism in the wake of cultural developments and others very astutely aware that gender disparities are still rampant and female lives are still undervalued…

What I like about this collection is that it’s not concerned with drudging up critical and theoretical discourse (thank christ, my thesis had enough of that ๐Ÿ˜ฉ). It’s about everyday womxn and their thoughts/feelings on the term, defined by their experiences of misogyny, sexual violence and gender disparities since youth. It’s real, brutal and often comedic in its exploration of the issues that plague real-life womxn each and every day๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ

I love the variety of perspectives in this collection, acknowledging womxn from a plethora of different socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and career paths. There’s essays by recognisable folk such as Evanna Lynch, Keira Knightley, Jameela Jamil & Adwoa Aboah as well as many, many more๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ’ž

I still flick through the pages for random wisdom and empowerment on bleak days and would definitely recommend to any/all parties! ๐Ÿ’œ

OPINION: UK Femicide rates

One of the many reasons I proudly call myself a feminist is because, clearly, there is still so much work to be done in the fight for equality. Gendered violence is still a thing in a “progressive” society like Britain and it shouldn’t be anywhere. We have learned that we must equip young girls to be vigilant because they WILL experience awful things at the hands of men and this is just a known fact of life.

80% of women of all ages have experienced sexual harassment in public spaces. On average, every 3 days, a woman is killed by a man in the UK. 62% of those women are killed by current/former partners.

What the fuck?

If you’ve got ovaries, it’s not safe on the streets, but it’s equally not safe in your home either. This is the fundamental message. This is the reason why we need legislative and cultural change.

R.I.P Amy-Lianne Stringfellow, Sarah Everard and all the other women who weren’t given the platform of main headlines๐Ÿ’œ

For more statistics, visit the Femicide census site.

Photograph: Christopher Thomond/The Guardian