From The Feminine Mystique to Fifty Shades - 50 Years On
“The book that pulled the trigger on history”, The Feminine Mystique created an instant impact on its publication in 1963, altering consciousness, culture and lives. On the 50th Anniversary of its publication, Jewish Book Week looked at the continued reverberations of Betty Friedan’s feminist rallying cry, in a discussion including two generations of women writers and artists.
Lisa Appignanesi, Julie Bindel, Bidisha and Leah Thorn examine how a book ignited a revolution, taking the pulse of feminism in 2013, offering a preview of the forthcoming anthology, Fifty Shades of Feminism.
Lisa Appignanesi is a prize-winning writer, novelist and cultural commentator. Her non-fiction includes All About Love: Anatomy of an Unruly Emotion; Mad, Bad and Sad: A History of the Mind Doctors from 1800; and a biography of Simone de Beauvoir. She has written nine novels, most recently The Memory Man. She is one of the editors of the forthcoming book from Virago, Fifty Shades of Feminism.
Julie Bindel has been involved in the women's liberation movement for more than 30 years. She is a writer, journalist, broadcaster and campaigner to end all forms of sexual violence towards women. Julie has written on topics as diverse as female sex tourists in Jamaica, the death of the hostess trolley, and serial killers.
Bidisha is a writer, critic and BBC TV and Radio broadcaster, contributing to or presenting Front Row, Saturday Review, Heart and Soul, Woman's Hour, The Strand and Night Waves for radio 3, radio 4 and the world service. She has written for most of the major UK broadshgeets and judged numeous prizes including the Orange Prize,the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Comment awards and is the author of two novels,a travelogue from Venice and a reportage from the Middle East. Later this year she will release her fifth book, Asylum and Exile.
Leah Thorn is a Nice Jewish Girl from Gants Hill, who found herself through the Women's Movement of the 60's and 70's. Now a spoken word poet, Leah uses creativity to support women in prison to find their voices. She recently compiled and edited release, an anthology by, and for, women in prison who self harm.
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