In December I set myself the goal of reading three popular feminist texts in one month. As someone who doesn’t read a lot and who reads quite slow at times, I thought the deadline suited me, however, I ended up surprising myself by finishing all three books quite quickly. The books I decided to read were: The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Betty Friedan, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture (2005) by Ariel Levy and Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism (2010) by Natasha Walter.
Having now read these popular feminist texts I plan to produce 3 short book reviews. I will upload the book reviews every Friday for the next 3 weeks so please check back or follow my blog if you are interested!
Buy Nothing Day is finally here (well tomorrow)! The only thing is, I am off to a wedding and will have to buy drinks, pay for taxis, etc and I am really annoyed!! I actually got confused and thought it was BND yesterday (22nd) so never bought anything all day. Although it wasn’t very hard, I only went out the house to go to work, I got a lift both ways and made my own lunch. BUT! this shows it can be done! So please, if you are reading this, do BUY NOTHING tomorrow, 24th November 2012. You will feel good about it and you might even start to think differently about your consumption habits.
Do you really need that top? or those shoes? and why do you keep buying magazines when all they do is distort your perception of reality and make you feel shit!? I believe it is time to take a look at ourselves and society’s preoccupation with “stuff”. In fact it is long overdue.
Today has been a good day, I finished some things I’ve been working on and I feel like I am finally ready to settle into the routine of part time postgraduate research. I think after graduating it can take a while to get back into the swing of things if you go on to study at postgraduate level. I know it has taken me longer than I imagined and after I originally planned to enrol in September, I am now waiting until January because I feel like I didn’t start off on the right foot.
So after quite a long time completing nothing but doing a lot of random research related things to keep busy, I now feel ready to get stuck in and I plan to set myself a few goals over the weekend.
To end my day of achievement (well maybe not a day of “achievement” but I did complete a job application, send a proposal to my supervisor, produce a student advocate lesson plan and upload this post!) I am going to try and find some conferences I can attend and maybe even send work into. Here are some links to conferences I have looked at so far:
Talking Bodies: Identity, Sexuality and Representation
Body Projects Conference
Young Sexualities Postgraduate Conference
The F Word in Contemporary Women’s Writing
Sexuality in Theory & Practice
Having spent the past few days getting stuck into my research proposal, I can now say that I feel a lot better about the whole thing! I was starting to panic and got myself into the mindset that it wouldn’t be detailed/good enough (something I think we all worry about) but then I realised it doesn’t have to be perfect- it is just a proposal. I am not supposed to know everything and especially not right now at this early stage. So, basically this is just a little update to say that I am getting on okay, it isn’t as hard as I first thought and hopefully I will be finished by the end of today and ready to email it to my supervisor in the morning.
Every year in November, the anti-corporate, activist organisation Adbusters challenge the public to go a whole day without buying a thing.
“Saturday November 24th 2012 is Buy Nothing Day (UK). It’s a day where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from shopping and anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending!
Everything we buy has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day highlights the environmental and ethical consequences of consumerism. The developed countries – only 20% of the world population are consuming over 80% of the earth’s natural resources, causing a disproportionate level of environmental damage, and an unfair distribution of wealth.” http://www.buynothingday.co.uk.
For more information about Adbusters, including their role in the Occupy movement, please see the link below which is an old essay of mine. The essay looks at the central issues, forms of organisation, tactics and strategy associated with Adbusters.