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12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be Literature 

12 feminist authors who may not be on your college reading list – but should be

(OpenDemocracy) – These writers and their work span the globe and its history and would complement any degree. What would you add to this list? If you’re starting, or heading back to, college or university this month then hopefully whatever course you’re studying will include some key feminist texts on your syllabus. But there is more to feminist writing than Woolf and Wollstonecraft (as vital and needed as their work is). There are centuries of feminist texts, stretching across disciplines and around the world. In medieval France, Christine de Pizan – frustrated at male writers composing screeds damning women – wrote her Read More

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Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis, Trump’s brand, and America’s war on memory Activism 

Naomi Klein discusses the climate crisis, Trump’s brand, and America’s war on memory

United States (OpenDemocracy) – The author of No Is Not Enough says we must tackle our “inner Trump” in order to create a better world. Naomi Klein’s new book is a rapid response to Trump, but it is the product of two decades of radical thinking. In this interview she discusses Trump as a superbrand; his kleptocratic cabinet, specialists in ‘disaster capitalism’; and how to tackle global warming, in the wake of US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement: Klein’s new book also addresses an important theme – the necessity of outlining an alternative: “A different story, offering a different Read More

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Literary Greed: A Dystopian Reading List By Women Authors Entertainment Women 

Literary Greed: A Dystopian Reading List By Women Authors

World (openDemocracy) – After Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States in November 2016, two classic non-fiction books by women started to sell… and sell… and sell. The first was Rebecca Solnit’s manifesto Hope in the Dark. First published in 2004, it argues that political protest can take a long time to manifest results – but is not worthless. The second was Hannah Arendt’s 1951 The Origins of Totalitarianism, published in the wake of World War II. Readers have also turned to fiction written by women, including Margaret Atwood’s dystopian 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale, set in a Read More

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For the Mamas on the Frontlines Activism 

For the Mamas on the Frontlines

(OpenDemocracy) – “I said, if mamas don’t fight for the children, then who will?” Helen Knott performed her poem at the 2017 Nobel Women’s Initiative conference. I wrote this poem, For the mamas on the frontlines, when I was in a challenging space of darkness. It is a space I believe so many of us find ourselves in when engaged in activism and so my words came from a place of necessity but also from a strong belief in the power of action taken by individuals. We have stood on front lines with our fists raised up on high we’ve flooded city Read More

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It’s Time to Reclaim Beauty Beauty Featured 

It’s Time to Reclaim Beauty

World (OpenDemocracy) – And that begins with recognising that our seemingly natural preferences are deeply implicit products of oppression. We met at university abroad. We were bound to meet, a natural pair – the Indian girls – wonderfully brown in a sea of apologetic white privilege. Our peers were just what you would expect from a student body at an elite European university: liberal, crème-de-la-crème folks, as eager as we were to diversify their social circles, and full of warmth when it came to embracing ‘the other’. So-called cultural barriers seemed to dissipate as we laughed amiably over chai-tea and Read More

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Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative Activism Badass Women Women 

Badass Women Not Enough People Are Talking About: Nobel Women’s Initative

World (openDemocracy) – The rising backlash against women’s rights, as well as that against activists of all stripes, was infused with new and terrifyingly overt vigor with the campaigning tactics of Donald Trump leading up to the dumbfounding results of the US presidential elections last November. But perhaps for many, equally as surprising has been the massive, and mostly nonviolent opposition in the US to Mr. Trump’s dystopian agenda that favors the rich and Wall Street at the expense of the poor and middle classes, its sexist assault on women’s rights, and the fact that it doesn’t give one whit Read More

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Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health? Featured Health 

Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health?

(OpenDemocracy) – Lazy and unconcerned, or buckling under the strains of late capitalism? A manifesto for the selfie generation asks whether we can break our addiction to social media. In January, an interview with marketing consultant Simon Sinek went viral on Facebook. Raising the hackles of millennials everywhere, he branded them “tough to manage, entitled, narcissistic, self-interested [and] unfocused.” You can imagine my delight when my mum sent the video to me: “this might explain why you have so many problems,” she said. Sinek puts the pathologies of Generation Y down to “failed parenting strategies”, the nasty shock of realising Read More

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