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The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls
The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls | Mona Eltahawy
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An international mandate for how girls and women can defy, disobey, and disrupt patriarchy everywhere Feminist activist Mona Eltahawy knows that the patriarchy is alive and well, and she is fed the hell up. Sexually assaulted during hajj at the age of fifteen. Groped on the dance floor of a night club in Montreal at fifty. Countless other injustices in the years between. Seizing upon the energy of the #MeToo movement, Eltahawy advocates a muscular, out-loud approach to teaching girls and women to harness their power through what she calls the "seven necessary sins" women and girls are not supposed to do or supposed to want or supposed to be: angry, ambitious, profane, violent, attention-seeking, lustful, and powerful. All the necessary "sins" that girls and women require to erupt. Illuminating her call to action are stories of activists and ordinary women around the world - from South Africa to China, Nigeria to India, and Bosnia to Egypt - who are tapping into their inner fury, and crossing the lines of race, class, faith, and gender that make it so hard for marginalized women to be heard. Rather than teaching women and girls to survive the poisonous system they found themselves in, Eltahawy arms them to dismantle it. Brilliant, bold, and energetic, The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is a manifesto for all feminists in the fight against patriarchy.
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MrsMalaprop
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I was inspired to wear my favourite t-shirt while finishing this book today. Mona is truly awesome. I have already bought a second copy to give to a friend for Christmas. Buy it. Read it. #fuckthepatriarchy 🖕🏻✊💜

Jee_HookedOnBookz Love your shirt and the book cover! 11h
Jee_HookedOnBookz Stacked! 😊 11h
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MrsMalaprop
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Sin Number 5: Power. 👊

Here she‘s writing about Palestinian American Rashida Tlaib, elected to the US House of Representatives in November 2018.

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Darklunarose I probably could never keep up with a book club but this looks like my kind of read 3d
MrsMalaprop Reading this right now 👊❤️. 1d
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MrsMalaprop
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Necessary sin number 3: Profanity.
This book is making me think hard. Gotta love that.

“I will not be civil to anything or anyone that refuses to acknowledge the full humanity of women and girls. This is a battle. To that end, the shock and the offense profanity causes are necessary and important.”

ephemeralwaltz She is glorious! 4d
MrsMalaprop @ephemeralwaltz Isn‘t she just! 😍 4d
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MrsMalaprop
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Sin Number 1: Anger.

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MrsMalaprop
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Oops! Shopping for my husband‘s Christmas presents today in my favourite bookshop, I came across this. Could. Not. Resist 🙈🙊🙊.

Eltahawy was in Australia recently where she caused a “shit-storm” (is that an Australian expression?) on tv show, Q&A. It has lead to many a heated discussion between my husband & I.

I first heard about her on Litsy when this book came out a couple of months ago.

Now I‘m dropping everything to dive on in 👊🙌✊.

Caroline2 Ohhhh stacked!!! 😀 7d
Hooked_on_books We use shitstorm in the US as well. I love this cover! 7d
BookwormM Shit storm used in the UK 👍 7d
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Sace Just put the audiobook on hold. Thank you for bringing this book to my attention. 7d
MrsMalaprop Ha ha, thanks for clarifying that it‘s a fairly universal description @BookwormM @Hooked_on_books 💩⛈😂. 7d
Rissreads Oh god another book stacked 🤣 6d
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ephemeralwaltz
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My instagram feeds off of her energy. I need to read her soon #TBR

MrsMalaprop Oh my word, how have I not heard of her? Going to find her on Insta now. 🙏 2mo
DrawingSustenance Wow, she looks so alive! 2mo
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Mona Eltahawy was born to an Egyptian Muslim family, and previously tackled misogyny in the Muslim world in Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution. In this book, she takes more of a global view, and writes a manifesto for all women and girls (including trans women and nonbinary people) for taking down the patriarchy. ⤵️

ReadingEnvy She identifies seven "sins" that need to be committed to dismantle power structures - anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence, and lust. She includes her own stories of violence and protest and arrest and the stories of other women, tying them to data and historical contexts that serve to explain the situations in specific places but also how there is not a place where women can escape structural oppression. ⤵️ 2mo
ReadingEnvy It's very readable while being well documented. Her arguments are international and intersectional and do not exclude the United States (since sometimes people in the United States seem to only think women are oppressed "over there.") She explains how sexual violence is used as a war tactic, how double oppression is used in countries controlled by dictators or religion, and how powerful men try to silence teenagers like Greta Thunberg.⤵️ 2mo
ReadingEnvy What does bodily autonomy mean? ("At what age does my body belong just to me?") What if women and girls used the power they have been taught to bury? (She says, "What if girls were taught they were volcanoes, whose eruptions were a thing of beauty...?) What if women and girls refused to yield space to be dominated by others desires or ideas? (She says, "The most subversive thing a woman can do is talk about her life as if it really matters.")
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jillrhudy Just when I‘ve decided the feminist virtues are peace, joy, contentment, pathfinding and solitude. But then I‘m 51. 2mo
ReadingEnvy @jillrhudy those are the virtues, she's talking about necessary sins :) 2mo
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Dorianna
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Another fantastic book signing event tonight.

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Andrea313
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Come September 17th, I'm gonna get myself #SomethingNew! "Egyptian-American journalist and activist Mona Eltahawy argues that women need to start embodying the traits they‘ve been taught to repress, like being angry, lustful and ambitious. Balancing her personal stories with those of women around the globe, Eltahawy‘s second book is essential." #SelfImprovementSept
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 Sounds good! And that cover! 😂 3mo
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