The personal is political

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about that phrase. First used in second wave feminism and popularised by the Carol Hanisch essay of the same name, ‘the personal is political’ is a statement that acknowledges the relationship we have with our identities and the interactions our identities have with society, and positions the two as intrinsically linked. I’d like to talk about it outside of a purely feminist context though. Because when you think about it, everything is political.

I am a working class, northern woman who no longer lives in her home town. These characteristics define me in ways I didn’t expect, from my accent to my experiences.

‘Female art’ — Albers and Hill
‘Non political’ popular music

British lass in Canada, writing about politics, pop culture, feminism, class, being a millennial, telly, and myself. Tweet me @blerhgh

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