Introducing the FemSoc committee of 2021/22!

Hi! Welcome to Femsoc! As a new year at York rolls around again, we're so happy to welcome you to the FemSoc committee 2021/22 as we welcome back members and welcome new members to the committee! It's exciting that in spite of all the negativity in the world, we can bring together like-minded feminists to … Continue reading Introducing the FemSoc committee of 2021/22!

Lockdown Reflections on Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

By Madeline Brace CW: this article and the book it concerns feature sexual assault, alcohol/drug addiction, mental illness, suicide references, bereavement and discussion of the pandemic, vulnerability & isolation. I read Good Morning, Midnight during the initial uncertainty of an April in lock-down, when the pace of life felt both incredibly slow and frenetic. Rhys’ … Continue reading Lockdown Reflections on Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys

Villanelle: A femme fatale and the fe(male) gaze

By Q When it comes to female villains, one name that instantly comes to mind- the BBC production Killing Eve’s notorious antagonist, Villanelle. The name ‘Villanelle’ alone reveals a key characteristic of Jodie Comer’s character immediately, her role as an antagonist marked by her femininity. (Allegedly being a spinoff of the term villainess- referring to … Continue reading Villanelle: A femme fatale and the fe(male) gaze

Reflections on Deborah Feldman’s ‘Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots’ and ‘Exodus: A Memoir’

By Lauren Cheetham-Birmingham (CW: sex and sexual violence) When it comes to discussing feminism and the rights of women I always find myself engaged by the opinions of those who identify as part of a religion as well as with feminism. Being brought up as an atheist I find a lot to be said for … Continue reading Reflections on Deborah Feldman’s ‘Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots’ and ‘Exodus: A Memoir’

Reflections on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Purple Hibiscus’

By Favour Ukaegbu When it comes to feminist authors that I  really admire, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie always comes to my mind. One of my favourite texts from her many works is Purple Hibiscus. It is a story set in postcolonial Nigeria based on a 15 year old girl, Kambili Achieke, who faces abuse from her … Continue reading Reflections on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Purple Hibiscus’

Further Reflections on Florence Given’s ‘Women Don’t Owe You Pretty’

Florence Given explains queer-dating and made me realise I deserve the “whole damn cake” After being introduced to Florence Given by one of my close friends, her outspoken and direct approach to 21st century feminism was exactly what I needed enclosed into one hardback book. Her debut novel approaches topics such as dating, toxic masculinity, … Continue reading Further Reflections on Florence Given’s ‘Women Don’t Owe You Pretty’

Reflections on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’

By Rosheena Kiani One of the first  things that strikes me early on in Adichie’s essay, ‘We Should All be Feminists’, is her profound sense of humour. In fact, peppered throughout this text are anecdotes of Adichie’s; unifying her audience through laughter before having them embark on a journey of deep thought and learning together. … Continue reading Reflections on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’

Reflection on Himanjali Sankar’s ‘Talking of Muskaan’

By Aakanksha Singh ‘Talking of Muskaan’ is an insightful YA novel that explores the issue of bullying and homosexuality in high school in urban India. In doing so, it speaks about class, the entitlement that comes with a certain class, and also about the need for better support systems for students to understand and gauge … Continue reading Reflection on Himanjali Sankar’s ‘Talking of Muskaan’