Strand: The politics of the personal

'The personal is political' was a slogan of the second-wave feminist movement, and has been contested ever since. Is feminism itself now a spent force, or should it be? With some schools now discouraging ‘best friends’ for fear of other kids feeling left out, has the politics of the personal now pervaded every sphere of life? Or conversely, should we do more to help those suffering in silence from an epidemic of loneliness? Meanwhile, some have decided the new social divide is not gender but generation. Is it fair to blame the elderly for the struggles of their grandchildren? All of this and more may come up when veteran novelist Fay Weldon talks to Brendan O’Neill about her life and work.