Yasmina Diallo shows us a wonderful intersection where feminism gets messy

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Most days, how I dress is definitely more about utility than aesthetics. My style isn’t usually bold, or flashy, or even particularly coordinated. What business do I have, then, to put my two cents in on Yasmina Diallo’s Yousra’s Catwalk, the story of a young Muslim girl getting tangled in the Parisian fashion and journalism industry?

Well, although life on the catwalk is not mine, as a teenage girl, I remember clinging to the words of Cosmopolitan Magazine and J14 and their advice columns. Diallo captures so well the parasitic relationship between dating advice columns and young girls, how they…

A remarkable portrayal of England’s witchhunts and a nuanced representation of womanhood

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It is easy to paint the world in black and white. Even the most well-meaning among us do it to conceptualise the world in ways that are easier to understand. It is hard to combine this simplified way of thinking with the increasing importance of intersectional thinking. A.K. Blakemore’s debut novel, The Manningtree Witches, is a great place to start in noticing the complexities of oppression.

Heading West

Rebecca West lives in Manningtree (Essex) with her widowed mother in 1643, infamously called the Beldam after her husband’s fearsome reputation. The village is mostly run by women as the men fight and die…

There’s no need to wait for the stage to bring you a diverse range of enlightening drama

Drama is such a wonderful branch of literature. It brings our most beloved stories to life in front of our eyes, whereas the novel must undergo years of adaptation to make it to the stage or the screen. Unfortunately, for the past year, we have been starved of great performances that bring people together and give us an experience unlike any other form of entertainment. On the bright side, reading scripts is also a valuable experience that makes theatre more accessible for people who cannot blow the bank on theatre tickets every month.

As theatres are slowly but surely announcing…

Women are overly sexualised and blamed for their relationship with their fathers, we need to ask why.

Britain And Abuse

The British Office for National Statistics has indeed revealed an increase in reports of domestic abuse since the first lockdown started last March. The Centre for Women’s Justice also reported a 49% increase in calls to domestic abuse helplines. As Britain begins the process of opening up again, we need to be more aware than ever of domestic abuse and how it can show itself.

Partially, the steady increase in domestic abuse reports over the last decade had been due to a greatly improved awareness of what qualifies as abuse, paying more attention to psychological, financial, or overall, invisible examples…

A refreshingly human and down-to-earth journey through global feminism, with a truly remarkable author

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Typewriter with sheet of paper sticking out, reading “female empowerment” in capital letters
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Who’s Afraid of Isabel Allende?

Isabel Allende is a Chilean-American author whose life is nothing short of a rollercoaster. Most well-known for her fictional novels The House of Spirits and Eva Luna, she rightfully established herself as a literary pioneer in Latin American literature as one of the first female novelists with the same level of success (in many cases, more success than) as her male counterparts.

Allende fits comfortably in the same breath with Gabriel García Márquez and Eduardo Galeano when speaking about the profound effect that Latin America has had on global literature. Isabel Allende has not only contributed to magical realism but…

How wealth and inheritance wreaks havoc in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

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Kate Bush really mis-sold Wuthering Heights in her whimsy 1970s song of the same name. I still love the song and listen to it regularly, but by the time I read the Emily Brontë novel, I couldn’t help but feel the song focused too much on the fleeting romance between Cathy and Heathcliff when that isn’t really what the book was about.

The novel was sitting on my bookshelf for years; I had always planned to read it but never found the right time. But on a rainy February night with nothing urgent on the reading list, I thought I’d…

Elizabeth Sorrell

South London-based freelance writer, focusing on literature, theatre, and opinion pieces.

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