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A fantastic piece on the Grauniad in which seven women from ages 20 to 88 talk about why they are feminists. No "balanced" "feminism has taken its toll", no "but lots of young women don't like that word", just seven women saying what they think. It's rather heart-warming.

In other news, it's nearly ten, I'm still in my pyjamas, and I have already answered the door to about five people while looking like an idle slattern because it's the time of the month when the couriers deliver my review books. Quite a good crop so far this month, especially Virago's reissues of Elizabeth Taylor's novels (no, not the violet-eyed Richard-Burton-marrying friend-of-Michael-Jackson). Taylor is one of those authors whose books I've always noticed in shops but have never found enticing enough to read; on the basis on the one I've read so far (Angel) I was totally wrong. Angel is the story of a really terrible but successful novelist who believes that she's a genius, and is an awful warning to writers everywhere....

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yiskah
Mar. 27th, 2006 09:39 am (UTC)
Ooh, and one of the women quoted is Diana Athill! Hooray!
stellanova
Mar. 27th, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
I know! She's so cool.
cangetmad
Mar. 27th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
I feel all warm and glowy, now. I have slotted myself in between Zoe Williams and Kierra Box and instant place-in-the-world!

Tonight I am off to my first meeting of a group doing gender budgeting, inspired by remembering a longish-ago conversation with Sue Innes, who died last year. It's so fucking important to know we're not the first ones to think like this and see these things.
jane_the_23rd
Mar. 27th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
Yay! I bought the paper just so I could have a print copy to have framed and put on my wall, in case I ever feel like we have no past or future. Old lady feminists and young feminists are ridiculously inspiring.
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