This weekend in Cape Town, at the Open Book Festival the new collection of feminist writings, “50 Shades of Feminism” will be discussed over two sessions both chaired by Margie Orford, our queen of crime. The first one is on Saturday at 12pm. On the panel are Rachel Holmes (co-editor), Gillian Slovo (contributor), NoViolet Bulawayo and Kamila Shamsie. On the panel for the second session at 2pm are writers Pumla Gqola, Reneilwe Malatji, Fiona Snyckers and Khosi Xaba.
The editors of the collection of writings are: Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes and Susie Orbach. It’s being getting great reviews. And if I could I would go listen to these women discuss feminism in our years. In an article published in the Observer, Appignanesi writes that “Feminism, after all, is simply the radical notion that women are people”.
The New Statesman quotes a poem by Laurie Penny which forms part of the collection:
“There are more of us than you think, kicking off our high-heeled shoes to run and being told not so fast . . . who dared to dance until dawn and were drugged and raped by men in clean T-shirts and woke up scared and sore to be told it was our fault . . . who were told all our lives that we were too loud too risky too fat too ugly too scruffy too selfish too much . . .”