Monday, 21 January 2019

Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis

Buy the book: Amazon | Waterstones | The Book Depository • Penguin, 2018

Feminists Don't Wear Pink and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis drew me in by its cover. I know, I know, don't judge a book by its cover -- but I do, and I was bored as shite in Tesco, and a really nice shade of pink caught my eye from the shelf. My sudden need for it must've been pretty obvious because lo and behold there it was under my tree on Christmas Day: a glorious matte-pink hardback, pleasingly sized and satisfying to hold, with foil and bold lettering just daring you to argue with the women inside.

"I believe in giving girls a chance to activate their potential without fear." - Chimwemwe Chiweza, Girl Up Club Leader (Malawi)

Curtis has curated a diverse range of women united by their experiences with feminism, from Keira Knightley and Saoirse Ronan to Lolly Adefope, Jameela Jamil and Jodie Whittaker. Separated into parts - epiphany, anger, joy, poetry break, action, and education - it’s a book of funny and clever essays by funny and clever women, and what I especially liked about it was how accessible it is. Some of the essays are only a page long. Some of them are written in the form of poems. Some of them are political and some of them are funny anecdotes (with a serious message, obvs). It’s really bloody great and I devoured it - the first book I’ve read so hungrily in a long time.

"She has a voice. If you can't hear it, maybe it's because you're too busy talking." Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Writer and entrepreneur

Feminists Don't Wear Pink will resonate with everyone in some way. There is so much to unpack; so many stories told, so many issues raised, and so creatively. This is an exposé of misogyny that I truly believe needs to be handed to kids as soon as they're out of the womb -- or failing that, added to the school curriculum. Because for once, women aren't talked over. Curtis has dedicated nearly 400 pages to the voices of women and got their stories onto shelves and bestseller lists across the world. My hope is that one day books like this won't even be needed, but for now, this book is a triumph and I implore you - yes, you - to read it.

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