Feminism: A Stalled Revolution

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.” So wrote the Irish novelist Rebecca West nearly 100 years ago. The confusion is much less today, with feminism as an accepted label…

Knit One; Purl One – A Story of Two Grandmothers

Once upon a time there were two grandmothers. Grandma , let’s call her Eunice, who was my father’s Mother, and Granny, let’s call her Hettie, who was my mother’s. Remember, as you read this story, I am old enough to be a grandmother. I’m not one though. Grandma always wore pebble rimmed glasses, a wrap-over…

About the Pleasant Woman Who Has a Body (and Feels Ashamed About it)

I sit in the sun on this chaotic courtyard that will take time to fix. The storm has passed. Supporting my notebook on “The Second Sex”, Simone de Beauvoir, to which I return after some years. We’ve got a few days until the 14th February, the V-Day – not only Valentine’s, it’s also the day…

FEMMEUARY! Reviewed

I have just experienced the thrill of reading a good friend’s (very) short story on a fantastic new website called FEMMEUARY! Katie Nevison published a delightfully playful piece called ‘Venus Fly Trap’ on FEMMEUARY! today (well, technically it was yesterday, since it is now past midnight). Written in fresh, poetic language that successfully evokes a…

Everyone Should be a Feminist

Being a feminist is not an exclusive thing, not to those who wear bras, make-up and bling, ‘why?’ you ask- this seems a little weird, because everyone,you and I, have hidden behind a ‘beard’, we have all been expected of at least one thing to produce, a pressure that has surely led to happiness reduced….