Feminist Reads

4 Body positive books to read right now

By Sophia Simon-Bashall Body positivity – or ‘bo-po’ – has been gaining mainstream momentum in this past year. In some moments, this has seemed wonderful. It is heart-warming and inspiring to be able to scroll through Instagram and see people showing their bodies some appreciation. Conversations have been started in publications and between people that…

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Summer reads 2017

By Sophia Simon-Bashall It’s that time of year again. If you’re lucky, the sun is out and shining gloriously down on you. If you’re British, it’s occasionally poking through the clouds a bit – and you’re chasing the patches of light whilst simultaneously groaning about the ‘heat’. Oh yes. It’s Summer. The best thing about…

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Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys – A Review of Viv Albertine’s autobiography

By Amy Callaghan Clothes, Clothes, Clothes, Music, Music, Music, Boys, Boys, Boys. According to Viv Albertine, guitarist of revolutionary all-girl punk band the Slits, this was a phrase expressed frequently to her by her mother during her childhood and adolescence, ‘Clothes, clothes, clothes, music, music, music, boys, boys, boys – that’s all you ever think…

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Powered By Girl’s Winter Feminist Gift Guide

By Anna Hill As winter fast approaches and various celebrations come about you might be thinking about what you want to ask for, and what you want to get others!! So I made a handy list of suggestions for you to peruse and/or send to a parent/friend/add to that amazon wishlist! Fiction She of the Mountains…

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Louise O’Neill discusses “Asking for it”

By Sophia Simon-Bashall CN: Discussion of r*pe culture and victim blaming In the summer, I was lucky enough to hear the Irish author Louise O’Neill talk about her ground-breaking novel, Asking For It, at my local bookshop. It was an incredible evening, and Louise made some very poignant points. I feel it would be selfish…

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Book review: My Daughter's Army

By Christiana Paradis, brought to you by Powered By Girl I just finished reading My Daughter’s Army by Greg Hogben and the moment I put it down my heart was pounding—I just wanted more! It’s honestly taken me several days to fully put all of my thoughts about this book together and write the review…

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Fractured families: A review of the Green Road

By Anna Hill, brought to you by Powered By Girl Content note – brief mention of: death, bi erasure, aids, white saviourism, physical abuse and childhood neglect and abuse If The Green Road by Anne Enright had not been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction I wouldn’t have picked it up. The novel…

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Fatphobia and food: A review of the improbability of love

Brought to you by Powered By Girl By Anna Hill Content note: anorexia [breifly], fatphobia, racial stereotyping, very brief mention of rape The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild is a novel ostensibly about the transformative power of art and as such has been shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction this year. The…

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