Favourite Books of 2016

unknownJeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time

Zen Cho’s The Terracotta Bride

Zadie Smith’s NW

Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

 

 

Kamila Shamsie’s Salt and Saffronunknown-1

Julia Alvarez’ In the Time of the Butterflies 

Janet Fitch’s White Oleander

Kamila Shamsie’s  Burnt Shadow

Celeste Ng’s Everything I never told you

 

Isabel Allende’s Daughter of Fortune

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Emma Donoghue’s Frog Music

Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Other Words  

Elaine Brown’s A Taste of Power: A Black Women’s Story

Audre Lorde’s Zami: A new spelling of my name.

Lindsey Hilsum’s Sandstorm

Gloria Wekker’s White Innocence: Paradoxes of Colonialism and Race

Warsan Shire’s teaching my mother how to give birth

 

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I read both of these at the start of the year. And, again at the end. I have all Fisher’s books ( and Pez dispenser but not a copy of Abnormal Psychology).

Carrie Fisher’s Wishful Thinking 

Carrie Fisher’s Shockaholic

 

 

 

 

 

#womenwrites: on gender, identity politics and VAWG

All politics is “identity politics” by @MayaGoodfellow
via @WritersofColour

Charlotte Bronte did NOT repair her mourning shoes with her dead sister’s hair! by @KatharineEdgar

‘Impunity has consequences’: the women lost to Mexico’s drug war by Nina Lakhani in Jalapa

Princesses Are Terrifying. So Is Ivanka Trump via @ElleMagazine

Maybe We Do Need White History Month or Millennials Don’t Know Shit About Slavery or Picking Appropriate Essay Topics or Being a Black English Adjunct Sucks Sometimes– via @writermrsmith

I’m Tired by @RowenaMonde  via @RoomOfOurOwn

A brief history of ‘gender’  via @wordspinster

On Optimism and Despair by Zadie Smith

National Geographic’s ‘gender revolution’ cover fails women via @FeministCurrent

#womenwrites(November/16)

#womenwrites (11.12) – on 16 Days of Activism to EVAW

What lies beneath prostitution policy in New Zealand? by Maddy Coy and Pala Molisa at  openDemocracy

All day, everyday’: where is the protection against violence in schools and universities? by Sarah Green and Leah Cowan| openDemocracy

Singleness and the world of ‘not belonging‘ ASHA L. ABEYASEKERA openDemocracy

Pubic hair has a job to do – stop shaving and leave it alone | Emily Gibson

Are universities preventing violence against women? by @_HelenMott_  at openDemocracy

To exist is to resist: Million Women Rise by SABRINA QURESHI| openDemocracy

The voice of Berta Cáceres has become the voice of millions DAYSI FLORES | openDemocracy

Dangerous journeys: violence against women migrants in Turkey by Yasemin Mert | openDemocracy

16 Days: survivors and activists at the centre by Liz Kelly openDemocracy

The Italian mafia and violence against women | openDemocracy

The end of domestic violence support for black and brown women in the UK? by REBECCA OMONIRA-OYEKANMI| openDemocracy

#womenwrites

Since I gave you a phone it’s not rape by GUILAINE KINOUANI at openDemocracy

Do I Just Want My Child To Be Happy?  via @cwknews

Femicide – Men’s Fatal Violence Against Women Goes Beyond Domestic Violence by via

10 reasons why I will ignore White Ribbon day by Nina Funnell

The white working class is another form of identity politics by Maya Goodfellow

Andrea Dworkin – Behind the Myth by @Finn_Mackay  via @RoomOfOurOwn

White Skin, Black Masks: On the “Decolonial Desire” of Vasco Araújo by Efua Bea via

What Whiteness Means in the Trump Era by Nell Irvin Painter

When a Man Kills a Woman  by @K_IngalaSmith at openDemocracy

 

#womenwrites (20.11)

White Skin, Black Masks: On the “Decolonial Desire” of Vasco Araújo by Efua Bea  via @WritersofColour

What Whiteness Means in the Trump Era by Nell Irvin Painter

The Problem with “Innocent” Ignorance: Racism, Whiteness & the Working Class by @saramsalem

Why I Reclaim the Night: Being a Black Woman in Public Space by @ClaireShrugged

Why do women fail to vote as a class? by Susan Cox  via @FeministCurrent

Preparing Your Children For The Apocalypse by @jendella
via @WritersofColour

We’ve Got the Diagnosis on Inequality; Where’s the Action Plan? by @madomasi  via @WritersofColour

Black History Month An Introduction to Welsh Writers by @Durre_Shahwar.  via @RoomOfOurOwn

I run therefore I am: How conscious movement can set your mind free by @AliyaMughal1  via @RoomOfOurOwn

Why I Do Not Support The Women’s March on Washington by Brittany Oliver

An Open Letter to White Liberal Feminists by LeRhonda S. Manigault-Bryant
via @aaihs

Don’t call Clinton a weak candidate: it took decades of scheming to beat her by Rebecca Solnit

Is the term FGM cissexist? by Kalwinder Sandhu

#womenwrites

We cannot allow the courts to judge rape by sexual history | Vera Baird

The Trump revelations show how much women are expected to ignore by @EvaWiseman

Justice should never be done like it was in the Ched Evans rape trial by @h0llyb4xter

Ched Evans trial is a masterclass in why women don’t report rape by Laura Bates

The Ched Evans case puts rape reform back 30 years by Sandy Brindley & Michele Burman

The Racist and Sexist History of Keeping Birth Control Side Effects Secret via @broadly

Giving anonymity to sexual crime suspects won’t bring justice by Laura Bates

In Praise of Older Women: A Love Letter to My Big Sisters by @ClaireShrugged

The migrant led strikes of the past can inform our present and future  via @WritersofColour

Racist Schools and Drastic Measures by JENEDLLA via @WritersofColour

Black Wednesday: A feminism that centers ending male violence against women  by Raquel Rosario Sanchez via @FeministCurrent

The Inri Letters – Part 1: Mother’s lament  at She means well

Refugees and Cindy Crawford’s daughter: an age-old problem for the tabloids by Marina Hyde

 

img_6566And, most importantly, a short story on sexism by my young daughter: Alex’s Dream

 

#womenwrites

Do we really live in a patriarchy? – via @MsAfropolitan

Why parents shouldn’t support ‘Operation Christmas Child’ by Emma C Williams

THINK OF ME AS LOVING YOU STILL by @ssml

I don’t believe the outrage over Donald Trump by @glosswitch

Bat watching: The art of paying attention  by @aliyamughal

You are killing me: On hate speech and feminist silencing by @strifejournal

Femicide – Men’s Fatal Violence Against Women Goes Beyond Domestic Violence by @K_IngalaSmith

Ched Evans trial is a masterclass in why women don’t report rape by Laura Bates

Justice should never be done like it was in the Ched Evans rape trial by @h0llyb4xter

Honey G’s X Factor act isn’t funny. It’s modern-day blackface | Lola Okolosie

If Trump’s attitude towards women offends you, so should the sex trade by Raquel Rosario Sanchez

Mainstream discourse around consent is leaving women and girls vulnerable  via @lavender_blume

Trigger Warnings (Again), and a Weird Sense of Disconnection  via @LucyAllenFWR

The Saxony of Europe  via @WritersofColour

With Her or Against Ourselves via @writermrsmith

#womenwrites (9.10.16)

Louis Theroux’s new Jimmy Savile documentary is a horrible misstep by @ProfKarenBoyle

Mother at The Feminist Poet

The outing of Elena Ferrante and the power of naming by Lili Loofbourrow

Who cares who Elena Ferrante really is? She owes us nothing | Suzanne Moore

This is how a dyspraxia diagnosis changed my life by Lucinda Borrell

Louis Theroux, Jimmy Savile and the failure to recognise the obvious: misogyny by @Thrupennybit

Self-Care or Speaking Out? A Black Feminist Dilemma by @ClaireShrugged

9 Uncanny Women Who Live in Your Neighbourhood at The Daly Woolf

Peter Tatchell’s approach to prostitution is anything but progressive  via @FeministCurrent

Trans Identity Within Women’s Spaces  by MHeket

Why Donald Trump and Billy Bush’s leaked conversation is so awful by Alexandra Petri

‘I Thought I Was Stupid’: The Hidden Struggle for Women with ADHD by Maria Yogada

A Few Words on the Blatant Disrespect Being Shown to Angela Davis by Kirsten West Savali

The not-so-unexpected challenge of new mothers: Dealing with entitled men via @FeministCurrent

 

#womenwrites (September)

MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families by Sandra Laville

Getting real about bad advice  by @wordspinster

A high school student accused a classmate of sexual assault. Her school suspended her by Nora Caplan-Bricker

Councils to be allowed to opt out of child protection laws  by Sara Ogilvie

Should feminists talk about “pregnant people”? 

Men are increasingly invading feminism – excluding them isn’t ‘man hating’
by @bindelj

Bad science misled millions with chronic fatigue syndrome. Here’s how we fought back by Julie Rehmeyer

The Science Museum and the Brain Sex game by Young Crone

Trust > on men in the feminist movement

“He had the house, the kids – I had nothing” by anonymous @thepooluk

How has rape become such a common trope of television drama? by Ellen Vanstone

Glasgow Women’s Library: a treasure trove that shows how far feminism has come by Libby Brooks

Domestic abuse: Coercive control in Scottish Law by Vicky Allan

The scale of historical sexual abuse in the UK is a catastrophe. We need catharsis | Beatrix Campbell

Angela Bassett, the genius that defies age by Rooney Elmi via @WritersofColour

Medieval Embroidery, ‘Proper Art,’ and the V&A’s ‘Opus Anglicanum’ exhibition  via @LucyAllenFWR

Calling selective schools ‘new grammars’ won’t eliminate the old problems by Iesha Small

Why we have to take white working class people’s fears seriously by Jacinta Nandi  via @WritersofColour