Category: Feminism

  • Abuse of Power/ Pluto & Mars/ Virginia Woolf

    Further, if as I suspect, because of social constraints against power being actively used by women during Woolf’s lifetime (i.e. her ability to set boundaries and protect herself against predators was thwarted), we might expect her writing to contain hints of abuse of power, especially power used by men against women.

  • Original Thinking

    it’s 22 March 1921, final day of the Cairo Conference, last chance to determine the postwar future of the Middle East, members of the British delegation have stopped for a photo-shoot, to the amusement of all, Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill has just fallen off his camel…

  • Astrologically, can Hilary Clinton make it to president?

    However if we were to look at Hilary and her husband, Bill, as a pair, what she alone lacks to push up up that crucial notch to Kings & Princes, he provides in spades.

  • Feminism and Jane Austen

    However if we look to the basic premise underlying Enlightenment feminism – that women, not having been denied powers of reason, must have the moral status appropriate to ‘rational beings’, formed in the image of a rational God – we must reach a different conclusion. At least two of the three of Austen’s heroines examined were apparently presumed by the men in their lives as capable not of forging their own moral code, but only of regurgitating that of their lovers.

  • if you were a literary agent …how would you respond?

    Dear Ms Agent, In the aftermath of The Great War when Europe is cloaked in social disillusionment, twenty-four year old, newly widowed, Sophie de Belcoupe returns home to Paris. With conventional ideals of the feminine thwarted, she determines it’s through art that she will forge her future. Complications arise when, by accepting a job on […]

  • What 21st Century Women Might Learn From Simone de Beauvoir

    It is sobering to realise that the immense popularity, especially with younger women, of the feminine paradigm Carrie represents, provides a gauge on how 21st century women view themselves as women.