March is done! And what a busy month it was. I only have like three weeks left in my undergrad degree, which is crazy. I handed in my thesis!! Finally!! Anyway, onto the wrap-up.
I didn’t get to read any books this month 😦 it was all academic papers and my thesis.
Exit the Actress by Priya Parmar: 4 stars
Book discussions posted
My friends got me A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft for my birthday because they know me so well. I’m super excited to read it!
From around the internet
The cost of domestic violence is astonishing: from the Washington Post. This is a super interesting look at the economic impact of domestic violence. I was supposed to take a class this semester looking at the economics of social issues, including domestic violence, which was unfortunately cancelled. So I was happy to see something similar talked about in every day media!
Creating the Next Bechdel Test: for those of you who don’t know what the Bechdel Test is, it’s essentially a way of determining female representation in movies. The criteria currently are: two named women have a conversation about something other than a man. This article proposes a new one to determine how many women were involved in the production (etc.) of the movie.
For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It: from National Geographic. This is one of my favourites this month and I highly recommend reading it!
What If Girls Knew They Were Allowed to Be Angry?: by Mara Wilson, from Elle. I love Mara Wilson, and this article really spoke to me. I think anger is really important for activism and I think women are too often told we aren’t allowed to be angry. I really like her exploration of that.
“All my life I’d wondered where the other angry girls were. Suddenly, they were everywhere.”
When Doctors Don’t Listen to Women: from the New York Times. This was so so so interesting and I highly recommend it!
“Becoming a disappointment to a man,” she writes, “seemed to do the trick.”
Stephen Hawking Is Dead, Not ‘Free’: this was one of my favourite pieces I read about Stephen Hawking passing away. It really looks at the implicit ablism in society and I really recommend it.
Keep shouting, don’t become anesthetized, pope tells young people: from Reuters. I’m not Catholic, but I am Christian and I really like this pope. I love how he’s embraced so many changes that would have otherwise been overlooked by previous popes.
Other news and highlights
For Woman of the Month, I highlighted Katsuko Saruhashi, a Japanese scientist and feminist.
I also discussed some of my recent non-bookish favourites, which was a fun post to write!
- I went to Canmore for the night to celebrate 5 years with my boyfriend, which was a lot of fun.
- I had a birthday brunch with my friends at this place called Cacao 70 which was amazing. Honestly, if there’s one where you live I highly recommend going for brunch. Get the dark chocolate fondue!
- Saw Justice Edwin Cameron speak about stigma surround HIV and he was amazing. Seriously, look him up. He’s a judge from South Africa who’s openly gay and living with HIV and has been vocal about since the time of Mandela (who personally made him a justice). It was honestly one of the best talks I’ve ever been to.
- I handed in my honours thesis!!!!! I’m so proud of it and so happy it’s finally done.
- My friend held a birthday/we-handed-in-out-theses party and it was so much fun.
How was your month?
Thanks for reading! xx