Hope you are well, the weather is utterly miserable in my part of the world – even the dog is refusing to step outside! Yet, this type of weather makes my day of reading and researching for my course that more enjoyable, armed with cups of tea and the gingernut cookies (well, they aren’t as bad for you as other biscuits, are they?!?) with the dog and cats snoozing nearby…So here is my first point of call..
The book that I am reading is by Angela McRobbie, “The Aftermath of Feminism – Gender, Culture &Social Change”. I have only read a couple of chapters so far but it is a key text for my reearch as it is a sociological reflection and analysis into the state of feminism in our contemporary society, namely in Britain. It discusses feminist politics and challenges the belief that ‘feminism’ is dead because women have the vote and can work blah, blah blah – IT IS FAR FROM OVER!! As women, we still have so far to go in terms of equality. Women today often talk of being empowered – doing burlesque classes, pole dancing etc but that is not actually empowering, it may help women’s self-confidence and their body image BUT if you look into the history of burlesque, for example it was generated for the male gaze. As a young woman, I find it shocking that there are so many women out there who would be ashamed to be called a feminist, if it was not for feminists in our histroy – the suffragettes, 2nd wave feminists like Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem (amongst other many greats) we would not have the freedoms we have now. I do not claim to know everything, if I did I would not need to be doing my research but the more I read, the more thankful I am to women who had and do have the courage to stand up for our rights, while simultaneously looking at my everyday life to see how far we have to go. Today, I have read that women are STILL being rejected from being bishops!!
Here are a couple of books that are also on my list (I have just finished “The Feminine Mystique” and suggest all women read a copy) – Natasha Walter’s, Living Dolls I have not read yet but lookforward to doing so.
I could not resist sharing the second photograph – I wanted to recommend to Vintage books that are worth a read and also look fabulous of the coffee table – Minxy Vintage by Kelly Doust, which is a great book showing and teaching you how to customise and wear vintage clothing. I enjoyed reading it and there are a couple of things I want to learn how to make from it such as the “Bewitching Brooches”, anyway the pictures are great too!
The other book that the hound does not look too impressed with in the photo is, ‘Vintage Fashion’ with a foreward from Zandra Rhodes, a MUST READ, also ‘Vintage Weddings’, I have actually read these from cover to cover – it looks at the history of vintage fashion and is a great great. So go and enjoy if Vintage is your thing!
Anyways, I am off to enjoy that cuppa and gingernut with a good read..
Have a great day peeps x