Richa, Ruby and Beth: Feeling Feminism

  • Carly Guest
Part of the Citizenship, Gender and Diversity book series (FEMCIT)


Beginning with a discussion of feminist anger, this chapter considers the risks of being silenced when expressing emotion. Guest then explores how emotion is validated through three stories. Firstly, Richa’s story of living across continents highlights that emotion is social and contextual. Richa legitimises anger by recognising that it is a ‘reasonable’ response to problems in the world. Ruby and Beth validate feminist feelings through protest and activism. Ruby’s admiration for the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common and Beth’s visual narrative of protest sites draws upon a history of visceral, theatrical and embodied feminist activism. Through this they award value to their emotional protest in the present. Sara Ahmed’s discussion of emotion is used throughout to consider how these women hold onto feminist feelings.


Female Body Feminist Politics Emotional Engagement Feminist Identity Feminist Activism 
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  • Carly Guest
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  1. 1.Department of Criminology and SociologyMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

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