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WOW – Women of the World, Southbank Centre | reviews, news & interviews

WOW – Women of the World, Southbank Centre

WOW – Women of the World, Southbank Centre

Squabbles, sisters, songs - and issues that won't go away in culture or life

Eska: A voice of pure liquid that floats, reaches bluesy base, then soars again

Feminism is a dirty word. Ask anybody. Do they want to be tarred with the label? Do they, hell. The word still carries connotations of man-haters. Even today’s young women fighting against harassment in tube carriages, horrified by the easy access and the violence of pornography, even they complain that fessing up to being “feminist” lays them open to ostracisation and isolation. Yet with rates of violence against women, unequal pay, the lack of women on boards, pregnancy as a cause of job dismissal, sex trafficking - rightly or wrongly, feminism is on the march again.

Feminism is a dirty word. Ask anybody. Do they want to be tarred with the label? Do they, hell. The word still carries connotations of man-haters. Even today’s young women fighting against harassment in tube carriages, horrified by the easy access and the violence of pornography, even they complain that fessing up to being “feminist” lays them open to ostracisation and isolation. Yet with rates of violence against women, unequal pay, the lack of women on boards, pregnancy as a cause of job dismissal, sex trafficking - rightly or wrongly, feminism is on the march again.

I wouldn’t have wanted to miss Saturday night’s “Whatever happened to Cunning Stunts?” about the trailblazing women’s theatre groups of the 1970s and Eighties

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