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  • Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies): An Essential Read for Feminists-in-Training

    Feminism can be a tricky topic to handle. Everyone has their own opinions and views on what it is. I will say, with no hesitation, I am not an expert. What I write is my opinion and how I interpret it. I feel as though that’s the same for everybody and we need to understand that. Stop being so harsh on one another.

    Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) by Scarlett Curtis takes on the idea that it is not solely one area. They partnered up with the Girl Up organisation which immediately set the whole tone of the book to be inspiring and show how meaningful this is. I haven’t read any books about feminism before so I’m a newbie, but it has definitely opened up my eyes and mind, without a doubt. Within this contemporary book are essays from various influential women from all around the world, who give their interpretation of feminism and their experiences.

    Contributors include comedian Lolly Adefope and entrepreneur/Internet personality Zoe Sugg. Photo by Chortle.

    Feminism is about welcoming all and treating everyone as an equal. Each written story entails empowerment and positivity. They highlight the strengths and anguishes women have to deal with in our society as well as breaking stereotypes. Personally, I found that it effectively provided a good understanding of feminism. It broke it down and explained it thoroughly on various matters. It gave me this feeling of inclusion as I found myself saying, “me too!” along with the person. It’s one of the reasons why I continued reading, because I felt as though I could connect to the stories. I truly was learning something new with each page turn.

    I feel like there are so many layers to feminism. In the book it’s split into parts; Epiphany, Anger and Joy which I think are key emotions on how women feel. Each section filled with just as much passion. There’s also inspirational poetry along with sections emphasising actions to take, encouraging women as well as educating them. It covered areas such as parenthood, running a business as well as an essay on being transgender. I feel like it really covers a lot of areas, which I love. I enjoyed learning the history of Feminism going back to the 1800s. It’s truly inspiring.

    Photo by Zoe Sugg.

    From activists, to Hollywood stars and writers it was incredible to read every story. It’s wonderful seeing so many cultures and diverse experiences coming together. It makes the book feel so much more special. It’s an easy read, great to pick up whenever and leaves you feeling motivated. We are so strong. I’m proud of you all. Take on the world with a smile and a spirited twinkle in your eye. Take on the world and, as they say in Feminists Don’t Wear Pink, ‘stuff your pockets’ (page 247, Beanie Feldstein).

    Curator Scarlett Curtis with old friend and fellow contributor, Jameela Jamil. Photo by Scarlett Curtis.

    Hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did. Let’s build each other up. Be kind to yourself and remember to be patient. Spread love and happiness.

    Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (And Other Lies) is available in all good bookstores.

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