Feminist Book Club: How To Start A Revolution

Feminist Book Club: How To Start A Revolution

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.

SUMMARY

A bite-sized guide to making change happen and the story behind the No More Page 3 campaign, written by its founder.

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REVIEW

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?

eggplantemojiBeing 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.

– Emma Oulton (@eggplantblog)
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rosieI finished How To Start A Revolution in about two hours. No really! It’s such a fast paced and informative book that I finished it in one commute.

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!

– Rosie (@damzlinthisdres)
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16 Comments

  1. October 16, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Love the sound of this book! It’s great that it doesn’t preach and isn’t cheesy – think I’ll pick this one up!

  2. October 16, 2015 / 4:03 pm

    What a brilliant idea for a book club. This book sounds really interesting too.I’ll have to have a look for it next time I’m at Waterstones.

  3. October 16, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Ohh this sounds like an interesting read – I shall have to try and pick it up sometime soon. x

  4. October 16, 2015 / 7:05 pm

    This sounds like a great book! I remember when you discussed All the Rebel Women last month and I’ve been dying to read it but, not having a credit card, I can’t order from Amazon and it isn’t available as a regular eBook. (I am blind so print books are not for me.) I’m not sure this one is either, but I’ll try to check it out.

  5. October 16, 2015 / 8:13 pm

    I love discovering new authors and How to Start a Revolution sounds like an interesting read, and a quick one, I’m going to download it on my kindle x

  6. October 16, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    This sounds like a good read. I will be looking at joining a book club.

  7. October 17, 2015 / 12:03 pm

    Sounds like a good read – I would love to start a revolution with other women! I’ve just finished reading Hilary Devay’s book which I found fantastic, real and honest. I think I may give this a go next. Thanks x

  8. October 17, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    Great idea, I can’t wait to read the review of all the books.
    This one sounds like a great book, I will have to check it out. It’s refreshing to hear that it goes over the bad and the good and is honest.

  9. October 17, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    I think the book would anger me in all honesty, it definitely isn’t the subject matter for me x

  10. October 17, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    So many interesting reads seem to be there and so little time I have to read it all! but thanks for sharing!

    Dominika

  11. October 17, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    This book club sounds amazing and so does this book – looks like a really engaging, inspiring and interesting read and it’s now on my Christmas list – thanks for sharing

    Laura x

  12. October 18, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    Love this idea hun. I’m not much of a book person – now films on the other hand I would totally join then. Will G+ this post so others can join too.
    Charlotte x

    • Catstello
      October 19, 2015 / 10:24 am

      Lucky for you, I’m starting a film club too! 😀

  13. October 18, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    I’d be interested to read her point of view, as an ex glamour model I’m more pro page 3 and allowing the women to have their own choice in career and work (although I do think it’s outdated and should be stopped for that reason)- doesn’t mean I’m not open to understanding the other side though. And unlike some commentators she sounds like she’s a lot less preachy and more open to the discussion.

  14. October 19, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    OOooh this sounds so interesting – my youngest daughter is a huge feminist, I will tell her about this. Kaz x

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