Feminism, climate change—and swimming poolsby Deborah Levy / March 16, 2017 / Leave a comment
Published in April 2017 issue of Prospect Magazine
If I ruled the world, all politicians, including presidents and prime ministers, would have to sign up for three years of rigorous psychoanalysis, as a condition of taking office. In this way, the men and women who represent us would be better equipped to think more intelligently on behalf of others. Furthermore, the experience of struggling to find a more truthful language to articulate all the dimensions of anxiety, love, conflict, anger, disappointment—and indeed hope—would at last put an end to the bland political language of insecure certainty.
If I ruled the world, magnificent heated outdoor swimming pools would be built in every city, town and village. It would be considered perfectly reasonable to dive in and swim lengths, or to frolic and chat in the steamy water. I think we would be happier, which might be connected to being healthier, but that’s your business.