“Nasty Women” – Dhaka Lit Fest
The recent US presidential elections has brought up many controversies related to gender and politics which sparked serious concerns regarding cultural prejudices against strong, accomplished women. The most highlighted issue that put feminists on the edge was Trump’s completely lax attitude towards consent, and the perception this creates that rich men can do what they want, to the women they want.
One particular moment that stuck and went viral on media was when Trump called his opponent, Clinton, ‘a nasty woman’.
The ‘woman card’ has definitely been an issue throughout, and those who don’t support either candidate have also accused Clinton of claiming to be a champion of women’s rights without actually doing anything for women.
To dive into this debate, the Dhaka Literary Fest 2016 will also be featuring a star-studded panel titled ‘Nasty Women’ to discuss prejudices against strong women who are carving out their own destinies, despite what ‘society’ thinks, says, enables or otherwise.
The panel will feature the Barkha Dutt, one of India’s best-known journalists, Evie Wyld, an Anglo-Australian author, Deborah Smith, winner of the 2016 International Man Booker Prize, Bee Rowlatt, a writer and journalist, and Lady Nadira Naipaul, a Pakistani journalist.