Thursday, 5 November 2015

REVIEW TOUR - I Call Myself A Feminist

Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the 
I Call Myself a Feminist blog tour.

A collection of essays written by 25 inspirational women under 30, whether you are a feminist or not, this is a book you need to read.

Title: I Call Myself A Feminist

Author: Various

Publisher: Virago

Release Date: 5th November 2015

Source: ARC


Is feminism still a dirty word? 

We asked twenty-five of the brightest, funniest, bravest young women what being a feminist in 2015 means to them. 

We hear from Laura Bates (of the Everyday Sexism Project), Reni Eddo-Lodge (award-winning journalist and author), Yas Necati (an eighteen-year-old activist), Laura Pankhurst, great-great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and an activist in her own right, comedian Sofie Hagen, engineer Naomi Mitchison and Louise O'Neill, author of the award-winning feminist Young Adult novel Only Ever Yours. 

Writing about a huge variety of subjects, we have Martha Mosse and Alice Stride on how they became feminists, Amy Annette addressing the body politic, Samira Shackle on having her eyes opened in a hostel for survivors of acid attacks in Islamabad, while Maysa Haque thinks about the way Islam has informed her feminism and Isabel Adomakoh Young insists that women don't have to be perfect. 

There are twelve other performers, politicians and writers who include Jade Anouka, Emily Benn, Abigail Matson-Phippard, Hajar Wright and Jinan Younis. 

Is the word feminist still to be shunned? Is feminism still thought of as anti-men rather than pro-human? Is this generation of feminists - outspoken, funny and focused - the best we've had for long while? Has the internet given them a voice and power previously unknown? 

Rachel Holmes' most recent book is Eleanor Marx: A Life; Victoria Pepe is a literary scout; Amy Annette is a comedy producer currently working on festivals including Latitude; Alice Stride works for Women's Aid and Martha Mosse is a freelance producer and artist.


I am in my late thirties and looking back to when I was young, a feminist was stereotyped generally by a woman in tie dye, who was more than likely a vegan and didn't shave her arm pits.

This is a bad stereotype.

Feminists come in different shapes and sizes, races and religions and some are even men.  This book shows us that the old stereotype is definitely dead.

Whether you are a feminist or not, in fact whether you are male or female this book is worth your time.

A collection of essays from, as you will see from the synopsis, incredible young women from different backgrounds but all with one goal to spread, what it means to be a feminist.  

The essays cover many different subjects, all of the written with incredible passion, these essays touch all emotional bases including humour! 

Between all the essays there are lots of wonderful quotes from super women out there from Michelle Obama to Amy Poehler but my favourite has to be this one from Gloria Steinem.

"The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off" 

So are you a feminist or are you not, it doesn't matter, this book needs to be read.

Thank you to Virago for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Great review! I don't read a lot of non-fiction so I don't think I would read it, but I do like how you say that there are different types of feminists, I think that's definitely true. And it's interesting that such a diverse cast of authors contributed to this book.

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    1. It is definitely diverse, a real interesting read!

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