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Feminism Is: South Africans Speak Their Truth

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Do you call yourself a feminist? What does this mean in your daily life? In this book, South African feminists explore their often vastly different experiences and perspectives in accessible and engaging voices. Feminism Is touches on issues as wide-ranging as motherhood, anger, sex, race, inclusions and exclusions, the noisy protest and the quiet struggle. It will challen ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 26th 2018 by Kwela (first published February 12th 2018)
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Mar 05, 2018 added it
Interview & review for the Sunday Times: s://

~As feminists raising boys, we are determined to live our lives in ways that make sense.~ Pumla Dineo Gqola

~To read Zadie is to confront yourself...To read Zadie is the possibility of arriving at a sense of order, something like filing the mess in your mind into a neater configuration...~Danielle Alyssa Bowler

~Feminism is a way of life for me, a place where I stand as I live my life, it is complex and intricate and utterly simple.~Colle
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection of 31 essays took me nearly a year to read. My plan was to read an essay a week but some had me reflecting for longer than 2 weeks.

The collection is divided into 5 themes and my first essay was from the 5th theme, "IN PRACTICE", " My feminism is problematic and exposed". Kagure Mugo lays her journey bare from as a young conservative girl to a woman who embraced her feminism even though it came veiled in a layer of uncomfortableness. Feminism is not a slogan. Feminism is a way of
Cebisa Luzipho
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A necessary collection of voices. This book, to quote Toni Morrison in Beloved, "is a friend of my mind". All the pieces of my Feminism, all those that are missing and those that aren't orderly were gathered. ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I went to the book launch a couple of years back and I remember being struck by the grace, power, resilience, majesty and bravery of the woman who spoke, themselves contributors to the book.

Every piece in the collection is so necessary. It reaffirmed for me that there is no perfect answer to what feminism is, because for feminism to be what it needs to be, it must be intersectional, and empathetic, and by virtue of those two things, it is subjective and personal and constantly fluctuating - and
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Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I started reading this book when it first came out. Because of life’s distractions, I’ve left it half read for the last two years but picked it up again last week and finished it in a couple of hours. Very interesting to look through the book then compared to where I am in my head and life now. Good balance of personal opinions and experiences and accounts, always grateful to have genuine inputs within the community!
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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As with any collection, there are some pieces you really like and some that bore you, but overall I think this was a good read. It was very interesting to see so many different perspective, definitions and practices of feminism all in one place, without them dismissing any other forms. These essays were all very honest, insightful and inspiring.
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this collection of essays by South African wxmen. So much I related to as a young feminist in Malawi. I was challenged and encouraged by the different perspectives and journeys of these women.
A great read 😊
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Some of these short essays were like a balm for the soul, some not so much. Overall I enjoyed it, would give it a 3.5 if I could and would recommend it to friends.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read only the essays that sparked my interest. Does that count as read ;)
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice short stories— like reading magazine articles or essays. Some interesting, some not.
Karina Szczurek
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection - lots and lots of feminism for thought.
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed many of the essays in this collection. Some really hit close to home. Loved reading &learning about other women's journeys & feminist lived experiences! ...more
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Jen Thorpe is a feminist writer and researcher based in Cape Town, South Africa. Her first novel, The Peculiars (2016), was long listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature (2016) and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize (2017). Her second novel, The Fall, was published in July 2020.

Thorpe has edited three collections of feminist essays – My First Time: Stories of Sex and Sexuality from Women Like You

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