What it means to be a dangerous woman – with Dangerous Women contributor Bidisha

They say well-behaved women seldom make history. Being called a ‘nasty woman’, ‘difficult’, or ‘dangerous’ – even a ‘bloody difficult woman’ (as former UK prime minister Theresa May was called) – is something most women are likely to experience in their lifetimes.

But is it such a bad thing to be a dangerous woman?

Trigger warning: References to sexual and physical violence

Thanks to the following guests for participating:

Bidisha is a broadcaster, journalist, filmmaker and stills maker. Her latest publication is an essay called the Future of Serious Art as well as her film series called Aurora. As a journalist and broadcaster, Bidisha specialises in international human rights, social justice as well as arts and culture, and offers political analysis, arts critique and cultural diplomacy tying all of these interests together. She writes for the main UK broadsheet newspapers, currently as an art critic for the Observer and the Guardian, and presents and commentates for BBC TV and radio; ITN, CNN, Viacom CBS and Sky News. Her fifth book, Asylum And Exile: Hidden Voices published in 2015, is based on her outreach work in UK prisons, refugee charities and detention centres. Her first short film, An Impossible Poison, premiered in London in March 2018, it has been highly critically acclaimed and selected for numerous international film festivals. She is one a number of contributors to the 2022 book release of Dangerous Women co-edited by Professor Jo Shaw.

People Manager of Wake Research, and podcast host of 126 Days: Stories on Life and Work, Shannon Weatherly

Parenting teenagers expert and psychologist Angela Karanja

Here are some of the resources from the show:

Join contributors Nicole Chung, managing web editor of Catapult, and Mary Kathryn Nagle, a playwright and partner at Pipestem Law, along with the anthology’s editors, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, author of Outdated and Editorial Director of the Identities vertical at Mic, and Kate Harding, author of Asking for It and co-author of The Book of Jezebel, for a look at where we go from here.

Who better than Nakia, played by Lupita Nyongo, in Black Panther to showcase a badass woman. She is part of the War Dogs, the central intelligence unit of the fictional country of Wakanda. She is intelligent, and independent as seen in this clip.

Actress Ashley Judd criticised racism, misogyny, President Trump, and the gender wage gap.

Books looked at this week:

Jo Shaw, Ben Fletcher-Watson, and Abrisham Ahmadzade: Dangerous Women: Fifty reflections on women, power and identity

Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding: Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America

PS. I do not receive commission for reviewing books and talks.

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Published by suswatibasu

Suswati Basu is a writer, journalist, producer and feminist activist residing in London. She has written for the Guardian, Huffington Post and the F-Word blogs, and has worked for various media outlets such as the BBC, Channel 4 and for ITV News/ITN. She currently works as a senior intelligence expert.

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