Phew! This book took me two months to read and never have I had such a rollercoaster of a time! Hot Feminist by Polly Vernon* is controversial to the point of antagonistic and when it first was released it was- explosive. So I took a step back and read it when everything and everyone calmed down. I can definitely see why the uproar happened though.
Fem-i-n-ist (n.) : A person who supports feminism, the movement that advocates equal rights for women
Polly Vernon, Grazia columnist, Times feature writer (hair-flicker, Brazilian-waxer, jeans obsessive, outrageous flirt) presents a brave new perspective on feminism.
Drawing on her dedicated, life-long pursuit of hotness – having dismissed many of the rules on ‘good’ feminism at some point in the early 90s – she’ll teach you everything you ever wanted to know about being a feminist when you care about how you look. When part of your brain is constantly monologuing on fashion. When you check out your own reflection in every reflective surface. When your depilation practices are pretty much out of control. When you just really want to be fancied.
Hot Feminist is based on a principle of non-judgment (because there’s enough already), honesty about how often we mess this up, and empowerment through looks. Part memoir, part road map, it’s a rolling, raucous rejection of all those things we’re convinced we shouldn’t think / wear/ feel/ say/ buy/ want – and a celebration of all the things we can.
It is modern feminism, with style, without judgment.
When she started talking about exercise I found myself wishing that, like the blurb promoted, Vernon could not judge things that she didn’t agree with. I wanted her to embrace the fact that she loves walking without putting down the alternatives. I love my trainer, she’s a gift from god, and I can’t walk for miles everyday. I wanted more positivity.
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