A rigorous and essential framework for acknowledging, understanding, and countering structural racism in British society. Having emerged from the discussions around her 2014 blog post of the same name, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race sees journalist Reni Eddo-Lodge examine the largely invisible history of UK racial politics, continuing legal discrimination and injustice, the shortcomings of intersectional feminism, and, most crucially, the everyday denial that allows racism to perpetuate. As daring as it is lucid and direct, this is an absolutely essential read (particularly if the title leaves you feeling uncomfortable).
In 'Lean Out,' acclaimed journalist Dawn Foster unpicks how the purportedly feminist message of Sheryl Sandberg’s 'Lean In' neatly exempts patriarchy, capitalism and business from any responsibility for changing the position of women in contemporary culture. It looks at the rise of a corporate ‘1% feminism’, and at how feminism has been defanged and depoliticised at a time when women have borne the brunt of the financial crash and the gap between rich and poor is widening faster than ever.
Dawn will be in conversation with Ash Sarkar.
Dawn Foster Interview: Equality, Misogyny and Leaning Out (at Huffington Post)
Why corporate feminism is convenient for capitalism (at The Guardian)
We have reached a tricky crossroads in modern women's lives and our collective daughters are bearing the brunt of some intolerable pressures. Although feminism has made great strides forward since our mothers' and grandmothers' day, many of the key issues - equality of pay, equality in the home, representation at senior level in the private, public and political sectors - remain to be tackled.
Casual sexism in the media and in everyday life is still rife and our daughters face a host of new difficulties as they are bombarded by images of unrealistically skinny airbrushed supermodels, celebrity role-models who depend on their looks and partners for status, and by competitive social media.
The likes of Natasha Walter and Katie Roiphe deal with feminism from an adult point of view, but our daughters need to be prepared for stresses that are coming into play now as early as pre-school.
This is a manifesto for every mother who has ever had to comfort a daughter who doesn't feel 'pretty', for every young woman who out-performs her male peers professionally and wonders why she is still not taken seriously, and for anyone interested in the world we are making for the next generation.