The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and GirlsMona Eltahawy
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.
The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls identifies seven ‘sins’ women and girls are socialised to avoid – anger, attention, profanity, ambition, power, violence and lust.
With essays on each, Mona Eltahawy creates a stunning manifesto encouraging women worldwide to defy, disobey and disrupt the patriarchy. Drawing on her own life and 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.
Praise for The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls
‘Shocking, brave, gloriously unfeminine, and right on time.’
– GLORIA STEINEM
‘In these pages you will find yourself again and again, and you will see who you can become.’
– MAAZA MENGISTE
‘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
‘Eltahawy’s perspective is truly global. She is as interested in Indian feminist Trupti Desai, who campaigned for women to gain access to the innermost chamber of Hindu temples, as she is in Greta Thunberg.’
– THE HERALD
‘The fierce Mona Eltahawy is back with the feminist manifesto of the year.’
– MS MAGAZINE