The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls identifies seven ‘sins’ women and girls are socialised to avoid. Through essays on anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence and lust, award-winning commentator Mona Eltahawy presents a manifesto encouraging women to defy and disrupt the patriarchy. Drawing on her own life, the work of intersectional activists from around the world, #MeToo and the Arab Spring, Eltahawy’s work defines what it is to be a feminist now.
“Feminism should terrify the patriarchy. It should put patriarchy on notice that we demand nothing short of its destruction. We need fewer road maps toward a peace treaty with patriarchy and more manifestos on how to destroy it. The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is my manifesto.” Mona writes.
The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls seeks to equip women with the tools to dismantle the patriarchy rather than survive it, destroying the system that oppresses women everywhere.
Praise for The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls:
“This book is f*cking brilliant.” – Maaza Mengiste
“Mona Eltahawy reminds me that when I was young we called it women’s liberation: she is here for your liberation and that of every woman and girl, from Nunavut to Namibia. The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls . . . exhorts and advocates for more confidence, more clarity, more of a sense of value and rights, more pleasure and joy for women. With its gloriously energetic, rampaging prose, it also inspires those things.” – Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explain Things to Me
“A sharp manifesto for fighting the patriarchy . . . Brilliant and electrifying.” – Booklist, Starred Review
“A vociferous, highly motivational call to arms for the feminist movement.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Eltahawy’s arguments come through with as much intelligence and clarity as passion and evocative imagery; they are built on facts about racism, capitalism, and homophobia, as well as her own and others’ experiences.” – Publishers Weekly
“Eltahawy’s book is an enormously valuable accounting of the work of patriarchy-smashers who are not white or rich or famous.””– The Progressive
“The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls is shocking, brave, gloriously unfeminine, and right on time. This global MeToo is the ultimate and intimate TimesUp for patriarchy. Reading it will free you, and acting on it will free us all.” – Gloria Steinem, writer and feminist activist
The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls by Mona Eltahawy is published 22nd April by Tramp Press (9781916291447, p/b, £11.99)
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