Daily Archives: December 16th, 2017

QotD: The left’s version of misogyny so often depends on comparing feminists to the right. “Look! They’re both trying to take away our porn and right to define women however we want! They are therefore the same!”

Glosswitch on twitter

QotD: “I think history will judge mastectomies and hysterectomies to “cure” psychological distress in much the same way it now judges clitoridectomies done for the same reasons two centuries ago”

Glosswitch and Young Crone on twitter

QotD: “Wonder how history is going to judge the sterilisation of minors & the erasure of women as a class”

Sarah Ditum on twitter

Edited to add:

MarinaS on twitter

QotD: “The book that made me a feminist”

I was at Oxford in 1980 studying English. There were only four women on the course – the Brontës, George Eliot and Jane Austen. Virginia Woolf was not taught – and because I had been plodding through English Literature in Prose A-Z since I was about 12, at the Accrington public library, I hadn’t reached W.

Then I found A Room of One’s Own – but that didn’t hit the button back then – probably because I had been living in a Mini of My Own and a Tent of My Own.

Instead I found Adrienne Rich’s early poems, The Will to Change – and because they moved me so much, I started to read her essays – there is a great one about her winning the Yale Younger Poets prize and being patronised by WH Auden (women just write about themselves … blah blah), and suddenly I understood about women’s voices, creativity, silence. Crucially in the opening Thatcher era of the individual, I realised that patriarchy is a collective problem – a structural problem.

Thirty years later, filming part of a BBC2 Imagine about me, at my college, an old tutor went out of his way to insult me. The same sneer. The same contempt. And in the sting of it, I remembered that at 16 I had reached N – Nabokov – and that perhaps feminism for me had started there, in that canonised classic about serial child rape and the coercive control over the woman HH marries so that he can fuck her daughter. That was on our reading list, of course.

Jeanette Winterson, on ‘the book that made me a feminist’