Margarete Stokowski was born in Poland in 1986 and has lived in Berlin since 1988. She studied philosophy and social science at Berlin’s Humboldt University. She has written for Spex, Tagesspiegel, Missy Magazine, Die Zeit and is a regular columnist for taz. Since 2015 she regularly creates a stir with her weekly column for Spiegel Online.
THE LAST DAYS OF THE PATRIARCHY
Is it OK, in our current era following the feminist revolution, for men to hold doors open for women? What about making compliments? Insecurity about possible answers seems widespread. While people all over the world are fighting sexism and abuse, women still earn less than men, clean and care more and die earlier. Margarete Stokowski’s new book pokes a finger in the wounds that others would happily ignore; for her, resignation is not an option.
Here she writes trenchantly about injustices many have long accepted simply because they are part of everyday life. She discusses women’s bodies and how they’re talked about, pornography and unisex toilets, #MeToo and #Aufschrei while addressing issues such as right-wing extremism and the question of why feminism and racism are mutually exclusive.
Margarete Stokowski is one of Germany’s most important feminist writers whose work gives us hope and reminds us that it’s a good thing to stay angry, show our attitudes while still keeping a sense of humour. This book is a collection of and commentary on her best essays to date.