Last month I announced that I was starting a Feminist Book Club, and for it’s first month myself and two other bloggers reviewed How To Start A Revolution.
A bite-sized guide to making change happen and the story behind the No More Page 3 campaign, written by its founder.
How to Start a Revolution is a great, comprehensive read for any feminist, aspiring activist, or anyone looking to make a change.
Lucy-Ann Holmes, Founder of No More Page 3, defines the key components to starting a revolution and details the steps she took in order to kick off her own campaign. If you’re looking for a candid and inspiring read, this mini-book is for you. Holmes actively pinpoints almost everything that could happen and keeps her audience informed throughout, with a handy little to-do list at the end of every chapter.
The best thing about How to Start a Revolution is the fact that Holmes talks about the difficulties, and being a woman who wants change in general, so candidly. She makes it very clear that change isn’t going to happen overnight whilst encouraging the readers to persevere. She even prepares her audience for the worst, with a chapter dedicated to dealing with abuse. I highly recommend reading this on your way to work, nobody on the tube crosses you!
WHAT DID OTHERS THINK?
Being a feminist can feel pretty disheartening at times. A lot of the time, it feels like nobody’s listening—and that nothing will ever change. Lucy-Anne Holmes’ How to Start a Revolution finally challenges that.
How to Start a Revolution is exactly what it says on the tin: it’s a guide to starting your very own revolution. I loved the way it was structured: short chapters, with a manageable to-do list at the end of each. I may even print out these lists for a motivational wall display! And it never resorts to cheesy, aspirational language; Holmes’ voice is heartfelt and sincere throughout.
Holmes never shies away from how difficult starting your own revolution will be; her No More Page Three campaign took several years, and a breakdown, before it achieved its much-deserved success. But in How to Start a Revolution, she reassures you that it’s possible. With enough passion and commitment, anyone can do it. Not just those with money and followers and connections; anyone. Even you.
Page 3 has been around for decades and although a vast majority was unhappy about it, it’s just been one of those things. Lucy-Anne writes in first person about her thoughts and feelings towards Page 3, including why and how she started the campaign. She’s really witty and keeps the book flowing without going into the nitty gritty. What I loved the most is how she didn’t tell us what to do, or even how to feel about the campaign. Feminism is the most effective when it’s coming from women who respect other people’s opinions and don’t resort to preaching. This book is a brilliant example of feminism done right. Holmes doesn’t pretend that she’s this super clever person who thought up the campaign and did it all by herself. She’s humble, thankful and really down to earth. However, I found that sometimes she came across as pessimistic as she repeatedly talked about how long things were taking to kick off. Perhaps this is her being realistic about how she felt, having worked on campaigns myself I know how draining it can be. You are always questioning yourself, but at times I found it a little tedious.
Despite this, the book is set out brilliantly as each chapter entails the campaign’s journey from start to finish and even includes tips at the end. It all slots into place and flows really well. Holmes doesn’t write your campaign for you, but instead gives you things to consider. The book left me feeling like I wanted to make a change and immediately get some ideas together. Had I not been so lazy, I definitely would have. Instead, I will refer to the book at a late date!
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