Fifty Shades of Feminism

Author(s): Edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Susie Orbach, Rachel Holmes

Feminism/Women's Studies

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.


Contributors include: Tahmima Anam, Joan Bakewell, Bidisha, Lydia Cacho, Shami Chakrabarti, Lennie Goodings, Linda Grant, Natalie Haynes, Siri Hustvedt, Jude Kelly, Kathy Lette, Kate Mosse, Bee Rowlatt, Elif Shafak, Ahdaf Soueif, Shirley Thompson, Natasha Walter, Jeanette Winterson - alongside the three editors.

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The antidote to the idea that being a woman is all about submitting to desire. There are many more shades than that and here are fifty women to explore them.

Every contributor could silence a Twitter brigade of #IDontNeedFeminism in her sleep ... insightful, broad and engaging Drafted

Editors: Lisa Appignanesi is a novelist, cultural commentator and the award-winning author of Mad, Bad and Sad, Women and the Mind Doctors, among many nonfiction books. She is a Visiting Professor in Literature and the Medical Humanities at King's College London


Rachel Holmes was the Director of Literature & Spoken Word at London's Southbank Centre. Writer, activist, programmer & teacher, she is currently working on a biography of Eleanor Marx.


Susie Orbach is a psychotherapist and activist, renowned for her work on the female mind and body. Her iconic Fat is a Feminist Issue has been followed by many ground-breaking books, the most recent is Bodies.

General Fields

  • : 9781844089451
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Virago Press Ltd
  • : January 2013
  • : United Kingdom
  • : February 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Susie Orbach, Rachel Holmes
  • : Hardback
  • : 413
  • : 305.42
  • : 336
  • : black white illustrations