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“Feminism is about power, potential, passion, and rights, but it keeps changing in purpose and meaning ...” 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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 281 pages
Published February 12th 2018 by Kwela
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Tiah
Interview & review for the Sunday Times: s://bit.ly/2FDNkHV

~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
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Lorraine
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Cebisa Luzipho
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Umba
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Rachel
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nondumiso
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read only the essays that sparked my interest. Does that count as read ;)
Christina
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice short stories— like reading magazine articles or essays. Some interesting, some not.
Karina Szczurek
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection - lots and lots of feminism for thought.
Lusungu
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
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Jen Thorpe is a writer and researcher with an interest in women’s rights. She writes for a number of online and print publications. She founded the My First Time women’s writing project (MyFirstTimeSA.com) and the first collection of stories from the project was published in 2012.