Helen Lewis on Sex, Power and Influence

Lewis discusses naked selfies and feminism for all

Helen Lewis is deputy editor of the New Statesman and a regular political commentator on the BBC. She currently holds an Honorary Writing Fellowship at Oxford University. Her new book, Difficult Women: A History of Feminism in 9 Fights is scheduled for release with Jonathan Cape in 2020. In this interview, we talked about sex, economics and feminism ahead of Helen's appearance at HowTheLightGetsIn 2019.

Do we live in a sexualised culture?

I think we do comparative to anyone within living memory. But things are better than they were in recent history as well.

In advertising this is probably most obvious; a huge theme of the feminist movement in the 60s and 70s was the fact that advertisers would just drape a woman over a car to sell it. That assumes men have the spending power.

If men have the money and power, it makes sense to sell things to women that purport to mak

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John Grundowski 12 February 2020

Very insightfull; I consider myself Feminist
and live in a repressed American "rust belt"
state.Understanding what my sisters;wife;
and co-workers expierence doesn't seem to have changed much since 1980; The
depth of this article gives me hope that we can see what we did wrong and DO right for future humanity.