WORD FOR WORD FESTIVAL - Panel Discussion - Modern Feminism

Word for Word Festival

Event Date: 
21 November 2020
Author / Presenters: 
Mona Eltahawy, Jenny Kennedy & Santilla Chingaipe

Suffragettes, bra-burners, #MeToo. A lot has changed in the two decades since journalist and broadcaster Virginia Trioli published the first Generation F, and yet dismayingly her original text is just as relevant. Egyptian-born feminist writer Mona Eltahawy’s latest book The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is a call to action to defy, disobey and disrupt the patriarchal ideology pervading society the world over. In The Smart Wife, Jenny Kennedy (and co-author Yolande Strengers) examines the emergence of digital devices like Siri and Alexa, the principal prototype being the 1950s white, middle-class, heteronormative housewife. They will be joined by journalist and filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe for a fascinating exploration of what it means to be a feminist today.

Panel discussion with Santilla Chingaipe.

This session includes a dramatic performance from Skin Of Our Teeth Productions’ Hysterica (the voices of women we’ve never heard of, but should have). The monologue is titled Anamorphia and examines the life of the remarkable Dawn Faizey-Webster. Written by Duncan Esler, Directed by Graci Lynch, Performed by Mary Steuten.