“Moxie,” directed by Amy Poehler

Movie, 2021 Enjoyable film about the political awakening of a gawky student, under the influence of her mother Saud student secretly sets up a Riot Girl inspired feminist movement at her high school. If some of the set-ups and character interactions feel just a little obvious and contrived, there is nonetheless a warmth in this film, which is looking at one cultural issue, also brings … Continue reading “Moxie,” directed by Amy Poehler

“The Bloody Chamber,” by Angela Carter

Fiction, 1979 Series of short stories in which erotic subjects and themes are woven in and bring new perspectives to old fairy tales. The appeal of the project may also put some readers off – while there’s much to admire in the narration and gender power shifts, the use of the fairy tale form can lead to the text feeling quite slow and almost over-balanced … Continue reading “The Bloody Chamber,” by Angela Carter

“The Golden Notebook,” by Doris Lessing

Novel, 1962 Sprawling work exploring gender, power, politics and narrative in the 1960s. The broken up nature of this book and the fragmented, highly subjective approach lend an experimental feel, but also push the reader out to some extent. The graphic nature of some of the scenes and the political struggle also seem oddly dated, but also fairly prescient in these retrogressive times. A difficult … Continue reading “The Golden Notebook,” by Doris Lessing

"The Life and Loves of a She-Devil", by Fay Weldon

Novel, 1983 Uncompromising, unsubtle parable looking at female stereotypes, suppression and power. All very enjoyable too, with the grotesque and phantasmagoric elements just keeping the narrative on a light, readable trajectory; the book doesn’t so much preach as elegantly scream and gets its point over so forcibly and with charm and simplicity, it’s hard not to see the world through an increasingly twisted anti-heroine’s eyes … Continue reading "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil", by Fay Weldon

"Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron

Movie, 2015 Really solid, likeable, worthy though somehow flat film about the women’s suffrage movement leading up to Emily Davison throwing herself in front of the King’s horse on derby Day. There was, however, a lack of a spark in the telling of the story, as if any disrespecting of the narrative or misrepresentation of any of the characters would have caused the movie to … Continue reading "Suffragette," directed by Sarah Gavron