Democracy

Aria Chiodo

The 2018 PEN World Voices Festival boasted a theme of Resist and Reimagine, with events, panels, and readings exploring various modes of resistance (to intolerance, fascism, racism, sexism, to name a few), as well as different modes of communication and creativity. The festival (now in its 14th year) has a continual devotion to international and multicultural voices coming together, letting new writers be heard, and bringing established writers and activists together in conversation.

Omar Baig

In “The Procession of Simulacra,” Jean Baudrillard made the following points on Watergate and the nature of political scandals:

Linnea Lönnberg

Marie Lamensch

In her book Women and Power: A Manifesto, Mary Beard looks at the ways women’s voices are not heard in contemporary culture and politics, and traces it back to the Antiquity when “to become a man was to claim the right to speak.” Public speaking simply defined masculinity and this influenced the societies we live still in today and the institutions we have. “The point is simple but important: as far back as we can see in Western history there is a radical separation - real, cultural and imaginary - between women and power.”

Corrie Hulse

Growing up, I remember reading about various women’s movements, about the Suffragettes, about the feminism of the 60s and 70s, about the women who fought the hard battles so I could live in the level of semi-equality I do today. I was always intrigued, and inspired by their passion, and understood the importance of their fight and their sacrifice. It was because of them that I knew I could be anything, do anything I dreamed. But somehow, I still didn’t really understand the true power of women yet.

Aria Chiodo

A significant problem to me a few years ago was the idea of young women rejecting the term feminist. As the feminist daughter of a former NOW chapter president, this upset and confused me; I was afraid of the “post-feminist” direction our society seemed to be headed. I was not aware, however, that we had apparently entered a new wave of feminism sometime in 2013—whether this was a fourth or fifth wave is subject to much disagreement. I’m not going to attempt to clarify which “wave” we are currently in, but I have always considered “waves” to be synonymous with movements, and I do believe we are most definitely in a new movement.

Lorenzo Dávalos
Emma Allison Howie

Yaman Al Qadri

Marie LamenschNoah Schouela

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