We still need feminism to bust myths and taboosby Jessica Abrahams / March 13, 2013 / Leave a comment
When Shami Chakrabarti got up on stage at Women of the World festival last weekend and declared that feminists “don’t want a petition, we want a fucking revolution,” she was met with a storm of cheers and applause.
Boosted by the internet and social media, the feminist movement has become increasingly prominent in recent years. Initiatives like the Everyday Sexism Project and Vagenda magazine have helped draw activists together. More feminist voices are finding space in the mainstream media: Everyday Sexism’s founder Laura Bates is a regular contributor to the Independent, while Vagenda’s co-founders Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett and Holly Baxter write the V Spot blog for the New Statesman.
The Southbank Centre’s annual WoW festival is more evidence of feminism’s current strength. Now in its third year, it involves five days of events and lectures, organised by the Centre’s brilliant artistic director Jude Kelly, in celebration of International Women’s Day. The festival’s reputation is such that Malala Yousafzai unexpectedly showed up on the Friday. Still fragile, she remained backstage, her presence unannounced at the time.