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Feminism: Natasha Walter and Catherine Hakim

Weekly discussion programme, setting the cultural agenda. Anne McElvoy asks what feminism means now with Natasha Walter, Catherine Hakim, Shereen El Feki and Finn Mackay.

On Start the Week Anne McElvoy explores the state of feminism today. It's fifty years since Betty Friedan's landmark book, The Feminine Mystique, questioned the role of women in society. Anne McElvoy discusses that role today with the Living Dolls author, Natasha Walter, the proponent of erotic capital Catherine Hakim, the radical feminist Finn Mackay and the journalist and academic Shereen El Feki who has been looking at the changing sexual attitudes and behaviour in the Arab world.

This programme will be followed by a phone-in edition of Woman's Hour on feminism. If you would like to take part in the programme you can email now via the Woman's Hour website or phone from 0800 on Monday 4th March on 03700 100 444.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Natasha Walter

Natasha Walter is a writer, broadcaster and campaigner, and the author of 'Living Dolls'. She is also the founder of Women for Refugee Women.


Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism is published by Virago.


Fifty Shades of Feminism, edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes and Susie Orbach, is published by Virago.


Natasha Walter

Catherine Hakim

Dr Catherine Hakim is a pioneering British social scientist and author, and the proponent of erotic capital.


Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital is published by Allen Lane.


The New Rules is published by Gibson Square.


Catherine Hakim

Finn Mackay

Finn Mackay is a radical feminist activist and researcher.


Finn Mackay

Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki is a journalist and academic who has been looking at the changing sexual attitudes and behaviour in the Arab world.


Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World is published by Chatto & Windus.


Shereen El Feki

Monday 4 March: Woman's Hour Debate - What Does Feminism Mean to You?

Woman's Hour Debate


Is feminism a fundamental part of how you view the world? An idea that has run its time?


  • Mon 4 Mar 2013 09:00
  • Mon 4 Mar 2013 21:30



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