We’re women and we’re feminists. Bunty and I have always identified as feminists and we grew up in feminist households where the men were also feminists. What is International Women’s Day about?
I just finished reading Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook. It is a wonderfully bold book charting, amongst other important events and cultural/social changes, the freedom of women.
Free to have careers, sex and their own opinions it is set during the evolutionary stage of female emancipation that we, women of today, can relate to even though the book is set from the 1930s onwards. This was a groundbreaking novel when it was published in 1962 and I would say it still strikes a chord today.
It will come as no surprise to you to hear that “Sex Law & Crimes” was the most popular module during my law degree. I love studying the subject, the academic analysis and historical analysis of sex law in England.
There was a case heard this month by the Canadian Supreme Court that literally sent shivers down my body. It is so shocking that it deserves analysis, and for once, don’t panic reading ahead because the court made the right decision.
A Saudi cleric has warned women who want to participate in a protest drive or are even thinking about driving that doing so without absolute necessity will damage their ovaries:
Taliban Plus is how an editor of a women’s magazine in India described Indian mentality towards women. In fact she goes on to declare Indian mentality as worse than the Taliban as at least with the Taliban you know where you stand.
The on-going trial of the alleged honour killing of Shafilea Ahmed and evidence given by her younger sister is a chilling reminder of what can happen to girls and women in the name of culture or religion, particularly those from a South Asian background.
Demonstrating the utterly shocking nature of this ‘cultural’ practice, the UK Forced Marriages Unit dealt with a case involving a girl who was only five years old and another of a woman who was eighty-seven!
Two bits of progressive news from The Kingdom of Men in one month? First the underwear sales staff news and now the news that the Saudi King announced yesterday that women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to vote from 2015 (don’t get too excited) and women will be permitted to run for election for local government. In The Independent newspaper King Abdullah was quoted as saying “Because we refuse to marginalise women in society in all roles that comply with sharia…” has HRH been living in another country all his life?