Since I enjoyed the Five Names series so much, I’ve decided to try another series, but I’m not quite ready for it yet. So, in the meantime here are a few links and things that I’ve seen in the last week:
Nigella and Charles:
Presumably you’ll have seen something in the news about the photos taken of Nigella being assaulted by her husband outside a restaurant last weekend.
Horrific, naturally, but in particular I found the comment by Anna Maxted in The Daily Telegraph, entitled ‘Yes, It Can Happen to Her’ very helpful. You can read the article for yourself, and you really should, but I found her point intriguing: the idea that the middle classes can’t really fathom the idea of ‘someone like them’ being the victim of domestic violence. Maxted raises the shameful tendency to blame the one being abused, rather than the abuser, and, talking about one theory offered by some psychoanalysts, makes the following comment:
“What a curious notion: that a victim gives an abuser permission, But we do, like dogs returning to a filthy old bone, keep gnawing at the delicious idea that the victim is somehow culpable… we teeter perilously close to the suggestion that some women seek out abuse. Once glance at those photographs of Nigella, with her lover’s hands around her throat, and I think we can safely consign that theory to the dustbin of denial. No victim lets in happen – but perhaps we do.”
Perhaps you’ve heard of the Everyday Sexism Project. If not, here’s a video to explain a little more about it:
And here’s the website.
I Need Feminism Because:
A photo project at Cambridge University, where students were asked to complete the sentence ‘I need feminism because…’ and have their photo taken with their answer.
Some really interesting answers, so do have a look at the website. A couple of my favourites appear on the boards below:
The Girl With Seven Mums:
Typical Channel 5 title for a documentary, but a really heartbreaking look at a British polygamist family, headed up by a man called Philip Sharp, who purports to be a Messianic Jew (though, clearly, he thinks that he’s the Messiah, rather than Jesus). The programme is narrated by one of his children, 10-year-old Ellie, and paints a horrible picture of what patriarchy and polygamy looks like.
If you’re able to view the programme in your country, do. Here’s the link.
And that’s all for this week. Seen anything worth linking?
In summary: links.