• Crime fiction,  TV/Movies

    Not Forgiven But Forgotten: Top of the Lake (Season 2) – China Girl

    The future is female, and so is crime television. 2017 became a game-changer with a previously unseen revolution of powerful and strong women fighting for their rights and openly denouncing the inequality and the violence – many times silenced – that has been historically embedded and tolerated in everyday life. Time’s Person of the Year for 2017 was a celebration of all the women who have spoken against this violence and who have taken the necessary steps to assure they get the justice they deserve. The Time’s Up initiative was made public days before the Golden Globes, where a relentless Natalie Portman openly denounced Hollywood’s inequality causing a stir and…

  • Non-fiction

    My Life on The Road by Gloria Steinem

    As a feminist, I know there are certain books and certain authors that I should read in order to be as informed as I can about the previous struggles and the many successes of feminist. The reason to impose such a view on myself comes mainly from my love for books, rather than an external obligation. Imagine the internal conversations I had with myself when I realised that I had never read by Gloria Steinem, one of the key figures in feminism and activism in the 20th century. Imagine my reaction when my beloved Margaret Atwood – who I think can do no wrong – recommended Steinem’s autobiography My Life…

  • Medical Humanities,  Non-fiction

    The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

    I borrowed The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf from the school library last June, because I realised that it is one of those landmarks in feminist theory that I still had to read. During my degree, I had one of my now PhD supervisors talk about “The Third Shift” for women, and the idea stayed with me for a long time. Basically, Wolf establishes three working shifts for women: their job, domestic duties, and beauty routines/rituals. The three are compulsory for women in Western, affluent cultures, and they contribute to the sense of guilt and feeling dissatisfied with their (our!) lives. We never work enough, we never have a house…

  • Classics,  Crime fiction

    An Unsuitable Job for a Woman by P.D James

    Back in September I bought three books for my PhD because I knew they were landmarks in crime fiction and I could not allow myself to start writing about female investigators without having read those classics. One of them was An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1972) by P.D James: From Goodreads: Handsome Cambridge dropout Mark Callender died hanging by the neck with a faint trace of lipstick on his mouth. When the official verdict is suicide, his wealthy father hires fledgling private investigator Cordelia Gray to find out what led him to self-destruction. What she discovers instead is a twisting trail of secrets and sins, and the strong scent…

  • Crime fiction,  Nordic Noir

    The Savage Altar by Åsa Larsson

    After quite a disappointed reading experience with Camilla Läckberg’s Erika Flack’s series I somehow thought Åsa Larsson’s books were similar and decided not to try them for a while. Also, some comments I read online about Larsson were not very positive, which did not help. However, Larsson herself published a very interesting article on dead women in crime fiction. It was such a good piece that I knew I had to read her detective fiction series. So, in mid-September I bought the first in the Rebecka Martinsson series and it was the perfect back-to-school reading. From Goodreads: On the floor of a church in northern Sweden, the body of a man…

  • Essays,  Random

    Emma Watson is a Feminist (and so should you)

    I am sure you have already seen this, but if not, here is Emma Watson – UN Women’s Goodwill Ambassador – calling out to stop feminism being the f-word. Defining herself as a feminist, and spreading the word about what feminism really means, for both men and women. I love that she highlights the importance of feminism which means nothing more and nothing less than fighting for a gender equality that is till not accomplished. She has launched the campaign #HeforShe to make people aware that men also need feminism to fight against the rigid gender definitions that still constrain their lives and their identities. Oh, and did I tell…

  • Feminist Sundays

    Join Feminist Sundays

    Just a quick note to let you all know that you can join Feminist Sundays as a weekly meme. You can read the guidelines here and I only wanted to let you know that while I get a fancy widget to collect all your links, you can leave a comment on my Feminist Sunday post with the address to your blog so that we all visit it. Thank you everyone for making this possible!