Your Lines of Flight: Various

During the initial ‘Feminist Lines of Flight’ project, an number of people shared their own lines of flight…

Fiona Byrne-Sutton

February 1, 2010

Poetry

Window for a Small Blue Child
by Gerrie Fellows
Carcanet Press 2007
ISBN: 978 1 85754 888 4

The Powerlines
by Gerrie Fellows
Polygon, 2000
ISBN 0 74866278 2 (paperback)

Other

In Sibyl’s Cave: The female ceramicist as story teller
by Fiona Byrne-Sutton
Glasgow School of Art Dissertation, 2008

Women and Ceramics: gendered vessels
by Moira Vincentelli
Manchester University Press, 2000
ISBN: 071903840 5

From the Beast to the Blonde
by Marina Warner
Vintage, 1995
ISBN: 0 09 947951 6

The Subversive Stitch, Embroidery and the making of the feminine
by Rozsika Parker
The Women’s Press, 1984

‘Matrifocality’
by Nancy Tanner in Women Culture and Nature
Stanford University Press, 1974

Fiction

Return to laughter
by Elenore Smith Bowen
Victor Golancz, 1956

The Bloody Chamber
by Angela Carter
Penguin Books 1987

Susannah Thompson
February 3, 2010

Non-fiction

Griselda Pollock
“Modernity and the Spaces of Femininity”
Vision and Difference: Femininity, Feminism and the Histories of Art
London, 1988

Harriet Jacobs
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Penguin Classics, 2005

Fiction

Tsitsi Dangarembga
Nervous Conditions
The Women’s Press, 1988

Los Bros Hernandez
Love and Rockets: Music for Mechanics
Fantagraphics, 1985

Kate Chopin
The Awakening
Oxford World Classics

Documentary

Lady Pink in Wildstyle (Charlie Ahearn: 1983)

Kate Temple

February 24, 2010

The Passion According to G.H.
Clarice Lispector
University of Minnesota Press
1964

‘Coming to Writing’ in Coming to Writing & Other Essays
Helene Cixous
Harvard University Press
1991

Caroline Halliday

March 22, 2010

The book that inspires me most at the moment is Nicole Brossard’s These Our Mothers/the (S)our mothers/the Sea our mother, and the quote that keeps me going is:

“Crossing through the symbol while I am writing. An exercise in deconditioning that leads me to acknowledge my own legitimacy. The means by which every women tries to exist: to be illegitimate no more.”

Laura Tansley

April 17, 2010

Inspiring essays tracking a great journey of searching for inspiration:

Alice Walker
In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose
Phoenix, London, 2005

Damien Hughes

May 27, 2010

I’ve been interested in feminism for a long time but was always put off by the language, essays, critiques that all seemed a world away. It is like trying to listen in on the Gods as they speak in some divine un-knowable language, referencing discussions from prehistoric, arcane books.

Which is why bell hooks’ ‘Feminism Is For Everybody (Passionate Politics)’ was such an eye opener. Here was someone explaining the history of (American) Feminism, where feminism is now and where we should take it next in a simplistic, critical yet hopeful manner. It was inspiring reading about how Feminism organically grew and in some ways failed, how race, class and intellectual flash points moulded feminism into what it was and what it became. I cannot exaggerate how amazing this book was for someone with little real experience of feminism. Or how important it is that more feminist thinkers bring their thoughts and hopes to the masses of people who have been scared off by ivory castle writing. I was so impressed by the book that I sent a copy to my younger sister in London.

I also read ‘Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the rise of raunch culture’ by Ariel Levy. A critique of how modern feminism has been taken under the yolk of corporate control and bleached of it’s soul until only the parts that can be sold are left. I am paraphrasing of course. Ariel is a strong thinker who is not afraid to question the norms of her fellow women in an intelligent, sympathetic, funny yet devastating manner. She sticks to her guns even when it seems like she’s the only woman in America who hasn’t bought into the porn aesthetic. Her critique of powerful women who connect their power to their perceived maleness whilst degrading their femaleness and that of others is a perceptive angle.

On the front cover India Knight is quoted: “In an ideal world this would be compulsory reading in schools.” I couldn’t agree more.

One thing that I will say about these books is that they are very American orientated. Which is fine. But I would like to read more British/European referenced feminism. I suppose in Ariel’s book her referencing of Jenna Jameson could be paralleled to Britain’s obsession with Jordan and perhaps the adage that whatever happens in America is sure to cross the Atlantic is true. Still, British feminism is popularly attached to the Suffragettes but they can seem a bit like ancient history and also a bit white middle class. Perhaps that’s my own prejudice but I’d like to have read books like these that reference feminists of the latter half of the 20th century

bell hooks
Feminism is For Everybody: Passionate Politics
South End Press, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2000

Ariel Levy
Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the rise of raunch culture
Great Britain, pocket books, 2006

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