Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays, by Rebecca Solnit (2014)

Like most people, I am familiar with the term 'mansplaining'. I've also heard a fair bit of excitement about Rebecca Solnit as an interesting writer. Her essay Men Explain Things to Me is the origin of the term, something I only learned seeing the word in circulation - when it first became a thing there… Continue reading Men Explain Things to Me: And Other Essays, by Rebecca Solnit (2014)

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In Which I Finally Read The Handmaid’s Tale

There are always books that one means to read, that 'should' be read - and for me one of them was The Handmaid's Tale. It was published before I was even born, so it has always been popular, always been revered in my experience. This book was always on my list, always something I thought… Continue reading In Which I Finally Read The Handmaid’s Tale

Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole

I have read relatively little on feminism and gender since I left university, and so to that end I ordered myself a copy of Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O'Toole after seeing positive things about it on Twitter and various other blogs. It's a very appealing book - written by an academic but not… Continue reading Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’Toole

I Need Recommendations!

I do indeed. Specifically for my feminism/women reading list. I have recently compiled reading lists of the books I most want to read out of the huge list I have on GoodReads, and realised that I actually don't have that many on feminism/women/gender. This is an area that I find fascinating and I feel like… Continue reading I Need Recommendations!

‘Alias Grace’ and the Concept of the Fallen Woman

Any reader of Victorian literature, or any student of the history of the period, will be aware of the concept of the fallen woman. If not, the Wikipedia page is a good place to start. It's a depressingly detailed page. For an era in which society began to move away from the government of Christianity… Continue reading ‘Alias Grace’ and the Concept of the Fallen Woman

Calling all writers – I need YOU!

I have some very exciting news, and I'm going to get right to the point. I am launching a new blog that will be dedicated to the most important things in life outside of the world of books (I know, hard to believe there is life beyond books). I have a small team of fellow… Continue reading Calling all writers – I need YOU!

Was Marilyn Monroe a Feminist?

I've almost finished a new biography of Marilyn Monroe, to be published in August to coincide with the 50th anniversary of her death. Feminist scholar and historian Lois Banner wrote Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox over a number of years, interviewing an enormous cast of people who knew the beautiful and tragic star. Her… Continue reading Was Marilyn Monroe a Feminist?