26 things to do in London, from exhibitions to restaurants

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There are powerful collections of essays, and then there is that of Amia Srinivasan The right to sex, a seismic reassessment of contemporary feminism and gender-based discourse. Among the subjects tackled by the Oxford philosopher through six contemporary essays: the problematic intersection of racism and the Me Too movement (“For many women of color, the dominant feminist injunction ‘Believe women ‘and its online correlate #IBelieveHer raise more questions than they solve, “she writes in” The Conspiracy Against Men. “) the dark world of online pornography – and how it fundamentally changed our relation to sex (“While filmed sex apparently opens up a world of sexual possibilities, too often it stops the sexual imagination, making it weak, dependent, lazy, codified …); and student-teacher relations from Plato. “If there is a methodological direction in the book, it is an emphasis on discomfort, ambivalence and truth,” she said. Vogue of the project. Think of it as a restorative antidote to the debates on Twitter. Released on August 19

Three more stimulating books to read this month …

The sex life of African women by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah

Writer Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah explores everything from lesbian underground in Cairo to polyamorous relationships in Senegal in The sex life of African women, a compilation of over a decade of research. Outside now

Something irrelevant: women and disgust by Eimear McBride

The author of A girl is a half-formed thing returns with a formidable essay condemning the sexual objectification of girls. Released on August 12

Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls

Faber Editions is republishing Rachel Ingalls’ feminist classic this month, about a Californian housewife who begins a relationship with a “green-skinned sea monster” who has escaped from the Oceanographic Research Institute – and brings shame to her flirtatious husband. Released on August 5

July 2021

Claes Bech Poulsen

Koks is a culinary highlight of any trip to the Faroe Islands.

Claes Bech Poulsen
Claes Bech Poulsen

To travel

Many destinations currently on the green list are a bit wacky for vacations – St Helena, are you up to it? – but the Faroe Islands are both accessible and more than worth a visit. Almost mystical in its beauty, this secluded Danish archipelago (whose rooftops you may have seen covered in moss and grass on Instagram) is home to a thriving food scene. A stone’s throw from the capital of Tórshavn, Koks, two Michelin stars, offers a menu entirely built around Faroese products, including its own interpretation of fermented wind-dried lamb, skerpikjøt, and langoustines grilled on hot coals then smoked with pine needles. It’s also a mecca for knitwear enthusiasts – see the designs of Gudrun & Gudrun, the team behind the frenzied sweater worn by Danish detective Sarah Lund in The slaughter. Not quite ready for a trip north? Order Siri Ranva Hjelm Jacobsen’s newly translated novel, Isle, about three generations of a Faroese family and the conflict between tradition and modernization.

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