To round off our series of events at Ace Hotel we’re getting together for a summer party with our readers. Come and join us for beats from Tabitha Bangura (NTS), food by Papi’s Pickles, a performance
by the Deep Throat Choir and drinks on us! Riposte Summer Party, 22nd July, 7-9pm, Ace Hotel London, Lobby, 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ. RSVP HERE
What does it mean to be a boy in 2015? When we think of what it is to be a girl in the same period, the markers are clearer. In a world of Malala Yousafzai, and Hillary Clinton running for the American presi¬dency, of HeForShe and leaning in, we can see that the tide is changing. Where once the engines of change rumbled quietly on the shelves of dusty libraries and in underground liberation movements, now they boom through the air, from the outpouring of support for #BringBackOurGirls and #EverydaySexism to Beyoncé borrowing lyrics from feminist writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Pushed to the surface through the power of language, self-realisation and an
increasingly vocal global dialogue, a new wave is forming that reclaims what it is to be a woman. But what about the boys? In order to help realise this emerging chapter of social history, the message we have instilled in our girls has been powerful and clear: be confident, be bold, be yourself, be who you want to be. The key is in self-belief, celebrating difference and accepting who you are without giving up who you want to be. But when it comes to nurturing the individual self and supporting the conflicting thoughts and emotions that govern us all, do we offer our boys the same hope? Click here to order your copy and read Charlotte Philby's essay in full.