Natasha Walter's fight for women's equality
She presents her new book Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism
This article is from 2010.
Following sold out events at Brighton, Dublin, the South Bank and Latitude, writer and campaigner Natasha Walter is hitting the Edinburgh International Book Festival to stress that the struggle for women’s equality is as important as ever. To some, feminism seemed to have reached a curious impasse in the wake of Germaine Greer, with a hypersexualised media and the persistence of men being from Mars and women from Venus attitudes. Her latest book, Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism, looks at how innate gender difference is becoming increasingly widely accepted and hindered further by continuing inequalities in politics and public life. Walter welcomes the opportunity to bring the fight to Edinburgh: ‘The events for Living Dolls so far have been so lively and energising and I’m sure this will be no exception. It seems to me there is a real hunger to discuss feminism again.’
Ably assisted in the cause by Kat Banyard, author of The Equality Illusion, Walter anticipates a vigorous and vital audience exchange, as has happened at other events. ‘The arguments range from pornography to politics to parenting. I’m also fascinated by how women and men of all ages are turning up to debate this theme; I have mothers coming up with the book to be signed for their daughters, and teenagers coming up too.’ In The New Statesman, Bidisha described the book as ‘a call to revolution that kicks Nuts magazine right in the nuts’. Townsfolk of Edinburgh, in all your manifestations, gird your loins.
17 Aug (with Kat Banyard), noon, £10 (£8).