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Feminism Is – Jen Thorpe

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Feminism Is – Jen Thorpe

Jen Thorpe discusses the book ‘Feminism Is’. (Camera & editing: Darlene Creamer)

3rd April 2018


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“Feminism is about power, potential, passion, and rights, but it keeps changing in purpose and meaning ...”

Do you call yourself a feminist? What does this mean in your daily life? In this book, South African feminists explore their often vastly different experiences and perspectives in accessible and engaging voices. 


Feminism Is touches on issues as wide-ranging as motherhood, anger, sex, race, inclusions and exclusions, the noisy protest and the quiet struggle.

It will challenge your thinking and inspire you to action, reaffirming the urgent necessity of feminism in South Africa today.


Sometimes painfully relatable, other times outrageously hilarious, every page is sprinkled with vulnerability - Lovelyn Nwadeyi

Fierce, incisive, compassionate and thoughtful. This is an essential collection of diverse voices – Lauren Beukes

About the author

Jen Thorpe is a feminist writer and researcher based in Cape Town, South Africa. Jen published her first novel, The Peculiars, with Penguin South Africa in 2016. It was long listed for the Etisalat Prize for Literature (2016) and the Sunday Times Fiction Prize (2017). Jen has published poetry, flash fiction, and short stories on a number of online publishing platforms including Itch, Brittle Paper, Aerodrome, Saraba Magazine, BooksLive, and Poetry Potion. She has completed writing residencies in Uganda, the USA and France. Find out more via

Feminism Is is published by NB Publishers


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