Shahidha Bari

Shahidha Bari is a lecturer in romanticism at Queen Mary University of London. She teaches literature, philosophy and visual culture. She features regularly on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and Saturday Review, and is a reviewer for the Financial Times, the TLS and Times Higher. Bari was selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker in 2011 and was the winner of The Observer Anthony Burgess Prize in 2014. She is writing a book on the poetics of dress.

Female Nudity is Powerful, But Not Necessarily Empowering

The challenge of modern feminism is to find inventive ways of reframing the body to better express the complexity and diversity of women. Can the naked female body ever be free? Is stripping off the ultimate expression of a woman’s emancipation? Or is her bared body always subject to sexual objectification? In a foreword to The Female Eunuch (1970), Germaine Greer imagined a feminism... Continue Reading

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