The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls


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“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.’
‘In these pages you will find yourself again and again, and you will see who you can become.’
‘Incredibly direct and fiercely intelligent . . . . A book for those who don’t wait for permission.’
– MARWA HELAL’An incendiary, searing manifesto by one of the most important feminist activists of our time.’

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.’