Sunday, November 25th is White Ribbon Day and the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We can make a difference together, and we must, because according to the largest study ever done on the problem of violence against women – a study conducted in 70 countries over 40 years – violence is ‘a bigger danger to women than cancer’.
I have a fresh fierceness, for lack of a better word. I am fiercely protective of my family and also the world we live in. For me, there is a new level of engagement with the world, in part because I care deeply about what I will leave for my daughter when I pass on.
‘All women hate each other,’ or so the saying goes. This is a view of women many instinctively agree with and it was the focus (and title) of a panel I recently took part in at The Festival of Dangerous Ideas. So, where does this idea come from?
Egypt wanted a king. Tradition demanded it. So Hatshepsut gave them one – by donning the traditional false beard and robes of the pharaoh.
The angry feminist, vacuous model, bitchy boss, desperate housewife, smug mother, home birth zealot, evil stepmother and gold digger all have one thing in common – they are stereotypes.
Eve was the first bad girl, and ever since, women have been linked in the popular consciousness with the concept of sin and their sins with sex.