Owning the F-word

Fifty Shades of Feminism (Virago 2013) | English

“Fifty years after the publication of The Feminine Mystique, have women really exchanged purity and maternity to become desiring machines inspired only by variations of sex, shopping and masochism – all coloured a brilliant neuro-pink? In this volume, fifty women young and old – writers, politicians, actors, scientists, mothers – reflect on the shades that inspired them and what being woman means to them today.”

I’m proud to have been invited to contribute to this incredible anthology, published by Virago, alongside accomplished and awe-inspiring women such as Margaret Atwood, Tahmima Anam,Joan Bakewell, Alison Bechdel, Bidisha, Lydia Cacho, Shami Chakrabarti, Sayantani DasGupta, Lennie Goodings, Linda Grant, Natalie Haynes, Siri Hustvedt, Jude Kelly, Kathy Lette, Kate Mosse, Elif Shafak, Ahdaf Soueif, Natasha Walter and Jeanette Winterson, not forgetting the three editors who made it happen: Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes, and Susie Orbach.

The official release date is March 28, 2013 but if you’re in or around London, a sneak peek can be had on March 9 at the Southbank Centre during the Women of the World (WOW) Festival. If you’re not in the UK and aren’t able to pick up the hardcover version (North American distribution is in the works), you can order a copy for your Kindle here.

P.S. My piece is called “Owning the F-word.”