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Quote: Emma Watson

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‘I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about’.

‘I thought, if people are going to write about what I’m wearing, then I would wear young British designers who need the publicity’.

‘My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder’.

‘Yes, I will put it out there – I will work for anyone for free if they’re prepared to make their clothing Fair Trade and organic. It’s really hard to get people interested in it’.

‘I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything’.

‘If anyone else played Hermione, it would actually kill me’.

 ‘If we stop defining each other by what we are not, and start defining ourselves by who we are, we can all be a lot freer’.

‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’

‘For the record, feminism by definition is the belief that man and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of political, economic and social equality of the sexes’.

‘Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong… it is time that we all perceive gender on a spectrum not as two opposing sets of ideals’.

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Music: Caro Emerald

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Caro_Emerald_38286Recently brought to my attention by a friend, Caro Emerald is a Dutch pop and jazz singer. Her music and her style is very 50s and 60s in its approach. I really enjoy her music and I think this is because it resembles music from the 50s while including elements of a more modern style. In addition, the lyrics to her music, which you may expect to also resemble the 50s, are very modern and praise the independent women and are very feminist. The messages they promote I think are so important.

This is the ‘about’ summary from her YouTube Channel: ‘Full of songs about dancing, flirting and declarations of independence. Her smouldering vocals update the classic Americano sound with a contemporary sheen and suggestive lyrics over a melting pot of sounds and influences – yet the sound is entirely, inimitably that of an exciting new artist capturing hearts and minds across the continent’.

Please check Caro Emerald’s work out:

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Books: Stepford Wives

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Stepford Wives This week’s book recommendation is The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin (published in 1972). I picked up this book, again like last week, from The Works. I was interested in the book because I enjoyed the 2004 Stepford Wives film that starred Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick immensely and I assumed, correctly, that this book inspired the film. The story is very much a feminist tale squeezed into a Novella-sized book. It’s the perfect book for light reading despite its hard-hitting message about the position of women in society.

Joanna Eberhart, our protagonist here, is a very stubborn woman willing to fight for her values. When her personality hits the town of Stepford, it’s certain that she’s going to find it difficult to overlook a number of suspicious circumstances. The book documents the struggle she has with the beautiful people living in serene Stepford and the façade of the town’s faultless appearance paired with the upkeep of her natural feminist values and her dislike of the archaic, and in her eyes, sexist, local Mens’ Association as well as test her relationship with her somewhat unsupportive husband.

InsideI hope it’s not cheating if I enter the novel’s blurb here, after all why should I replace it when it already does a perfect job:

‘The women of Stepford are not all that they seem… All the beautiful people live in idyllic Stepford, Connecticut, an affluent, suburban Eden populated with successful, satisfied husbands and beautiful, dutiful wives. For Joanna Eberhart, newly arrived with her husband and two children, it all seems too good to be true – from the sweet Welcome Wagon lady to all those cheerful, friendly faces in the supermarket checkout lines.

But beneath the town’s flawless surface, something is sordid and wrong – something abominable, with its roots in the local Mens’ Association. And it may already be too late for Joanna to save herself from being devoured by Stepford’s hideous perfection.’

A classic in its own right, this novella is really worth checking out. I’m a terribly slow reader and it usually takes me a while to finish a book, The Stepford Wives is one book I can proudly say sits on the very short list of books I read and finished in one day.

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