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The five feminist essays to absolutely read this spring

At a time when the sun has returned and the guaranteed freedom of abortion is enshrined in the Constitution, feminist sages have flourished since early March, to offer us a resolutely engaged and optimistic spring. Overview.

What’s new this season in terms of feminist essays? Our columnist, Hanneli Victoire, offers us a detailed and diverse selection of works not to be missed.

Feminist self-publishing primerClémentine and Apolline Labrosse, Trouble editions

Written by the Labrosse sisters, behind the feminist and queer magazine Censored, this primer on feminist self-publishing lays the foundation practical and philosophical bases of self-publishing of a paper object, when you are a feminist. In an interesting reflection, the two sisters know well what they are talking about, since this work, halfway between a practical guide and personal evaluation and being self-published, is published in the very young Trouble edition publishing house, which they themselves founded. Ultra current and above all 100% transparent, the two editors share all the tips, know-how and best practices that they have accumulated after six years of experience with their magazine and more recently with their publishing house. From the press, to the grants, to the relationships to be established with all its partners, the book is a true manifesto for making publishing accessible to all.

Am I not a feminist? Emmanuel Beaubatie, Seuil Libelle editions

In this very small book of about fifty pages, the sociologist researcher, specialist in transgender issues, gives us a fascinating appeal about the place of trans people within feminism. At a time when a worrying reactionary wave seeks to annihilate all trans life with dangerous stratagems, Beaubatie explains with clarity and foresight the central position of trans people and more particularly trans women in feminist movements, despite attempts to oust them. This exclusion by some of the other women is just the tree hiding the forest of a much longer list of those banned from the cause. Lesbians, Black women, Muslim women, and sex workers are also often questioned when it comes to their legitimacy in declaring themselves feminists. Using the title of the essay by black feminist author bell hooks Am I not a woman? the author brilliantly explores the mechanisms of exclusion within feminists.

Vdrank a feminist life, Sarah Ahmed, Hors d’Atteinte editions

It took a long time for the great queer and feminist author Sarah Ahmed to be translated in France! It does so with the Hors d’Atteinte editions which publish this essay originally published in 2017. What does it mean to live a feminist life? Through this question, the researcher offers a personal reflection peppered with quotes from other authors in a story that is both sharp and accessible, which has not aged at all. Living a feminist life means thinking, speaking, relating, behaving in a certain way, and all these ways of living are not always innate in us. Living a feminist life means being demanding of yourself and others, to lead an existence of joy and emancipation, far from the killjoy clichés that we would like to attribute to you. Both tender and radical, Living a feminist life he invites us to take all the space we deserve, to apologize for it.


Marseille too powerfulMargaux Mazellier, Hors d’Atteinte editions

Who said that the feminist struggle only took place in Paris? Journalist Margaux Mazellier returns fifty years of Marseille struggles with whoever made them. Much more than a catalog of interviews, the essayist contains a part of personal history in a read that is as instructive as it is pleasant. Through a chronological story, local personalities and associations recall, in five parts, the greatest struggles that shook the country. We are talking about the abortion activists of the 70s, the activists against AIDS, those committed against racism and Islamophobia, or the collectives that organized themselves to fight against feminicides. Fascinating, entertaining and inspiring, the stories collected immerse us in the heart of a vibrant, rebellious city and certainly at the forefront of the greatest battles of our time.

We we are not afraidNatalie Amiri & Düzen Tekkal, editions du Faubourg

Whether it is Golshifteh Farahani but also Ghazal Abdollahi, Parastou Forouhar, Shohreh Bayat or Shila Behjat, these women have several points in common. The first, to be Iranian women, in a country in the hands of a rigorous and authoritarian theocracy, the second, to bear witness in this courageous work. Directed by journalist Natalie Amiri and political scientist Düzen Tekkal, this book brings together a corpus of sixteen women with very different backgrounds and personalities. Among them we find the lawyer and former judge Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Prize winner in 2003, the activist Fariba Balouch, whose brother and son were jailed for attempting to intimidate her, and the journalist Narges Mohammadi, detained in Evin prison in Tehran , where he received the Nobel Prize in 2023. They all deliver touching texts, written from prisons or exile, recounting broken lives, humiliations and fear for those close to them, but also anger, the fury to fight and the indomitable desire to overthrow power . established order.


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