Who is this Bidisha? She's on Newsnight Review as I work on a conference paper... she is GORGEOUS! A young British Asian woman novelist? Short spiky hair and a nose-ring? And saying all the coolest things: yes Philip Roth is a misogynistic sleazebag, thank you Bidisha, and yes, what's the point of documentaries about racism in society because... oh dammit, I can't recall how she said it but it was eloquent and I've never heard anyone say it on TV before: the realities of prejudice are so banal and so ingrained that films fail because everything they want to say is already out there! And that everything about Asian youth made in Britain in the last 20 years has been made for white people. Love her. Must find something to read by her.
Speaking of catching interesting women on TV, I happened to catch the last five minutes of The Last Word the other night, where a very odd looking woman, slim, little, feminine, with frizzy blond curls, lots of makeup, slightly plastic-surgeried looking, frilly clothes, and yet the most cutting, intelligent and sharp things coming out of her mouth: to do with the Middle East and the war on terror (wish I'd caught what she was responding to exactly)- she talked about how feminism and the sexual revolution are not the same thing, the sexual revolution is in some ways another way of oppressing women, and the perception of the West in Muslim countries, and our view of women there, is somehow bound up with this blurring, this common de-railing of what feminism actually means... sorry I'm really incoherent tonight and have been writing too much! Anyway, it was Shere Hite, and how cool they had her on a political discussion show- she's in the country promoting her new book, and there was a really patronising, dumb interview with her in today's Guardian- boo!
So- two books to read by amazing women... Bidisha (yes, just one name) and Shere Hite's latest.
OK- check it out this is one amazing young woman.
Shere Hite's website- absolutely awful web design, what a shame. She's a Scorpio- no surprise there, then.