The alternative title for this blog post is ‘Things I’d be blogging about properly if I wasn’t so overwhelmed by finals.’ Lately I’ve mostly been reading lots and lots of Shakespeare plays and criticism, and quite a few French grammar books because somehow (though I’ve no idea how) the last 4 years of my undergraduate degree have slipped away from under my feet and I’m now three days away from the start of my final exams.
Outside my bubble of 17th century English theatre and 21st century French syntax, a few things have caught my eye which would normally have received my full blogging attention. Some of them I expect to come back to, in a post-exam blogging frenzy, but the following articles and blog posts are all well worth a read.
- The Broken Doll’s House: The Marriage Conundrum – inspired by Marriage? Not for me (a 2009 blog post from The F Word), Naomi’s post sums up a lot of my own misgivings and ambivalence about marriage, as well as the role feminism is playing in my own thoughts about planning the wedding – and, more importantly, marriage – that I have decided to have. I’ll obviously be blogging lots more about this…
On the French election
- Guardian: François Hollande vows to rid politics of sexism
- Guardian: Vive la femme?
- Guardian: François Hollande delivers diversity and equality as first cabinet revealed
- Triple F: Hollande Delivers on Equality Promise
- Guardian: Hollande’s cabinet shows Sarkozy how to do gender equality – see, easy
- Stavvers: Hollande’s Honeys: putting women back in their place
The election of socialist François Hollande is certainly promising for the women of France. Equality in the cabinet office is a great start, but it will be interesting to see Hollande put some of his practical, pro-woman policies into practice.
On the “Socialist” who could have been President
- BBC News: New rape claim in Strauss-Kahn inquiry in France
- Guardian: DSK case will proceed to trial as judge rejects claim of diplomatic immunity
- Independent: Dominique Strauss-Kahn sues hotel maid – the serial misogynist, possible serial rapist and possible serial sexual assaulter is now counter-suing Nafissatou Diallo for defamation, false allegations and “emotional distress”. Unbelievable.
- The F Word: There’s nothing radical about transphobia
- The F Word: You can’t smash patriarchy with transphobia (from September 2011, but no less relevant)
From The Student Journals
- The Other F-Word – Fi Greig takes on the use of the term “Facebook rape”.
- Homophobes – what are you actually afraid of? – Izzy John writes to commemorate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Right, back to revision. Normal service can resume in less than two weeks, and it can’t come soon enough. Wish me luck!