Is feminism broken? And how might we mend it? The term itself has an image problem at a time when the idea is needed more than ever. Why do people denounce the word while swearing by the very same phrases that so often follow the claim: ‘I’m not a feminist, but…?’
In anticipation of her new book, and on the back of her successful ‘Vulvanomics’ speaking tour, Emma Rees, Professor of Literature and Gender Studies has a new talk. This talk shatters some of the myths about feminism and answers the crucial question: ‘Why “feminism” and not “equality”?’
Professor Rees explores how women are systematically exploited and abused, from Kensington to Kigali, because they are women. She discusses ideas of ‘choice feminism’ and ‘feminism lite’, and considers the feminist continuum, demonstrating how the ‘personal’ is, in fact, decidedly ‘political’.
This is an at times humorous talk with a serious message. It’s about the virtues of feminist anger; of acknowledging economic and cultural privilege; and of thinking globally, acting locally, and agitating politically.
45-minute talk, followed by opportunity for audience questions.