It’s Happening Now – Stories from a feminist modern revolution – Helena Brodtkorb

Norwegian title: Det skjer nå – Fortellinger fra en feministisk revolusjon

Hello guys!

Yes, hello, it’s me! Poking my head out from my bachelor thesis and engaging with you guys! I’m making progress! I’ve also finished a new interesting book, so keep on reading!

It’s happening now. Who would have thought that a small campaign of where women were encouraged to share their own experiences about harassment and assault would turn into something that had the power to change our world? Metoo did that. In this book, we’ve gathered some of our most prominent feminists. These are people who’ve fought the barricades for centuries alongside new voices. The texts collected here range from the topic of honour culture to a celebration of Spice Girls and how trauma after sexual assaults can leave marks on the body for years to come. The writers tell the story about the reality that led to #metoo, and asks questions about what’s going to follow after the campaign. This book is full of women who dare to stand in the fire, really stand there and feel. What does it mean to be a woman? What world should we dare to dream about? This book has turned into a well written, thought-generating, and fearless collection of texts that both turns to experienced feminists and curious teenagers. As the editor, Helena Brodtkorb writes in the introduction, translated by me; «I’ll give this to my daughter when she is old enough to read it»

Like I said when I read Moxie, I’m not very familiar with feminism. I’m curious about it, but there are so many aspects I don’t quite know where to begin. It’s Happening Now is both for beginners and more advanced feminists in my opinion. I wasn’t always able to follow every terminology that was used in some of the stories, but that was ok. I got the general picture of it all. Some of the stories had very familiar concepts to them, like the one story about Spice Girls. I really liked that because I knew what this was about and the way the author wrote made me able to see Spice Girls in a light I’ve never seen them before. There were some familiar names among the authors in this book. Among them was Maria Kjos Fonn. She has written Kinderwhore which I reviewed before Christmas. Ida Jackson was another familiar name. I’ve read and reviewed her book called Grandpa, Hitler and I. Åsne Seierstad is also among the contributing authors and I have read her book The Bookseller of Kabul, but that’s many years ago.

My favourite story in It’s Happening Now was definitely the one written by Sofia Nesrine Srour. She writes about how it is to grow up and being uncomfortable with your body and how negative social focus only makes things worse. She is Norwegian-Lebanese and Muslim. I found it so enriching to read about feminism from such a different perspective and I loved how she just put the facts out there. It’s refreshing with these voices who just speak out. Her story brought up topics I either hadn’t considered as much or not at all, and this is why I read these books; to get a different perspective and learn something new. She’s a part of the group known as The Shameless Girls and together this group has put social control in minority cultures on the agenda.

It’s Happening Now is one of those important books that should be read. It gives new perspectives on #Metoo and some backstory which is great. I learned a lot of new things while reading this book and it was a good reading experience! The stories are short and well written by people who know what they’re talking about, and that’s refreshing. I’ve asked the author if the book will be published in English, which it won’t. I’m sorry my English speaking friends! I encourage all of my Norwegian readers to give this a go whether you know a lot about feminism or not. I’ve become more curious and I will do a bit more research after May 15!

Published: 2018

Genre: Non-fiction

Theme: Feminism, sisterhood, modern society

– The Book Reader


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