From misogyny to war and politics: read the best of Rosemary Bechler
Our colleague and friend Rosemary Bechler passed away earlier this month from a long illness. openDemocracy wouldn’t be here without Rosemary, who got involved from the start. And today we recommend that you read some of his many pieces.
In July 2001, Rosemary reviewed “two recent European films on human migration and disconnection”. “Do they both leave the same place for their characters and do they open up a real dialogue with their audience? She asked, a theme that would run through her handwriting.
In December 2001, Rosemary launched the openDemocracy ‘Purpose Europa’ debate, focusing on the future of the EU. After the expansion, she asked, “What will Europe be used for then?” Considering what was to come, it’s worth reading.
“When a biting satirist of American mores observes the layered plots of an English country house from the 1930s, we are in something much deeper than the Anglo-American heritage industry.” Who else gives you such an opening line?
Tell Boris Johnson not to weaken the rules of sordid politics
If enough of us speak out, we will be able to protect honesty in public life.
And then came the preparation for the war in Iraq, and the germination of opposition to it, new shoots of resistance that Rosemary documented in her own style.
As a strong ally of women’s and peace movements around the world, her reporting on Nepal’s “one women’s movement” from 2006 was extraordinary.
In the run-up to the 2008 US election, Rosemary wrote a series on feminist theory, arguing against narrower liberal feminisms and for a more radial understanding of gender and international relations. The first is here, the rest tied down.
“Europe is in crisis,” Rosemary wrote in February 2012. “We must start practicing an egalitarian, peaceful, green and democratic Europe, open to a changing world.
In 2014, Rosemary re-watched a documentary in which elderly residents of a Transylvanian village describe their love life. “We have a lot to learn from these people. If you can help it, don’t miss this lovely movie, ”she wrote.
Celebrate the 200e anniversary of “Pride and Prejudice,” Rosemary wrote an iconic review of the Jane Austen classic.