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Mona Eltahawy: The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls

If women and girls want to dismantle the system, they will need to embrace the qualities they have been trained to avoid: anger, ambition, profanity, violence, seeking attention, lust and power. Bold and brilliant feminist Mona Eltahawy looks around the world to show us how women everywhere can reclaim these ‘essential sins’ and use them to fight patriarchy.

We are not socialised to fight back, we are socialised to be polite, to be nice, and to wait for the men to stop assaulting us. Well I am fucking done waiting.

Mona Eltahawy


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Photo credit: Yaya Stempler

This talk was chaired by Clementine Ford.

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy is a feminist author, commentator, and disruptor of patriarchy. She is founder and editor-in-chief of the newsletter FEMINIST GIANT. Her opinion essays have appeared in media across the world. Her first book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2015) targeted patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa and her second The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls (2019) took that disruption worldwide. She is a contributor to the recent anthology This Arab is Queer and is editing the anthology Bloody Hell! And Other Stories: Adventures in Menopause from Across the Personal and Political Spectrums.  

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer, broadcaster and public speaker based in Melbourne. She is the bestselling author of the feminist manifesto Fight Like A Girl

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