The paradox of the ‘strong female lead’

The paradox of the ‘strong female lead’ By REBECCA TOOK | May 7, 2019 In her recent book, Invisible Women, writer and feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez examines the ‘gender data gap’. As she argues, “women are so under-represented. I was one of those girls being taught, via a curriculum, a news media and a popular culture that […]

On the Basis of Sex: ‘Wife’ is not a job title

On the Basis of Sex: ‘Wife’ is not a job title By REBECCA TOOK | May 6, 2019 Mimi Leder’s On the Basis of Sex is a biopic depicting Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fight for gender equality to be recognized in American law. This is not an exceptional film, but it does sensitively depict the life of […]

Green Is The Warmest Color: Preserving Nature Gives Urban Survival

Green Is The Warmest Color: Preserving Nature Gives Urban Survival By REBECCA TOOK | April 22, 2019 I never thought I’d like living in a city. The word conjures up images of a sprawling concrete metropolis, with buildings reaching towards the sky like leaves turning to the sunlight. If I’m away from trees for too long, I […]

Video killed the radio star, but the podcast is having its revenge

Video killed the radio star, but the podcast is having its revenge By REBECCA TOOK | April 18, 2019 I do it in the morning while in the shower. Sometimes, I do it while cycling to the library. My friend does it while walking the dog, and another does it during their long commute on the sweaty London […]

Goodbye And Good Riddance: Amsterdam Bans Scooters From Cycle Lanes

Goodbye And Good Riddance: Amsterdam Bans Scooters From Cycle Lanes April 15, 2019 By REBECCA TOOK Amsterdammers across the city woke up on Monday morning (April 8) to find that their city looked a little different. More specifically, their route to work, college or school was a bit bluer, and a lot quieter. The council’s […]

STA!’s Festen: the Bitter Taste of a Family Dinner

STA!’s Festen: the Bitter Taste of a Family Dinner A Play Review By REBECCA TOOK A silent, complicit mother. A tight-lipped patriarch. A bawdy brother and a bereaved twin. One daughter’s dead and the other – shock horror – is a socialist. Directed by Jolijn Wendel, and adapted from the script by David Eldridge, Festen […]