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 […]

Mona Eltahawy Cancels Appearance at De Balie

Mona Eltahawy Cancels appearance at De Balie By MAX KIKKEN | April 29, 2019 Feminist author Mona Eltahawy had been invited to speak at De Balie on her upcoming book The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls and her work as an activist. However, in an open letter posted on Twitter on April 22, she […]

“Buy, Buy, Baby”: the Commercialisation of International Women’s Day

‘Buy, Buy, Baby’: the Commercialisation of International Women’s Day March 13, 2019 By REBECCA TOOK Friday, March 8, was International Women’s Day 2019. If the slew of Facebook posts, tweets, Instagram photos and shared articles hadn’t already caught my attention, there was also an email from Flixbus (the coach company) addressed, “To all the strong, […]

Amsterdam Women’s March Highlights Diversity of Feminism

Women in Amsterdam March for Equality Tuesday, March 12, 2019 By CARA RAKER and JOHN WIMPERIS On Saturday, March 9, 2019, one day after International Women’s Day, thousands gathered at Dam Square to attend the official Women’s March of 2019. The march began at 12:30 pm and ended roughly around 3 pm at Museumplein, where […]

Positioning Ballet: Ballet’s Own #MeToo

Positioning Ballet: Ballet’s Own #MeToo This is part 3 of a series inspired by the ‘Positioning Ballet’ Working Conference, hosted by the Dutch National Ballet, February 16 and 17. March 09, 2019 By REBECCA TOOK The ballet world might not like to consider itself a microcosm; preferring instead to see itself as an exemplum of […]