I think this self-help book was originally mentioned in the comments to a Captain Awkward post, but of course I can’t find it now so who actually knows? Emily and Amelia Nagoski are here to tell you that feelings are good, we need to complete the stress cycle, and that “wellness” isn’t another should to beat yourself up over. Over which to beat yourself up? Anyway…it’s above average, I’d say, and in large part because their target audience is very specific.
Wow. What a good time for me to read this. Because right now in our country we are doing the most to “other” women. That somehow women are less than at all times. There are more women in the world, yet how many women are CEOs of fortune 500 countries? How many women are current leaders in government? How many women have become President of these United States? You would think at times that the U.S. for being that shining light in the darkness would be leaps and bounds above other countries, however, reading Adichie’s essay about feminism shows me […]
4.5 stars I keep struggling to summarise the plot in a good way, so I’ll just let the blurb do it: With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll […]
This is the ultimate 3 vs. 4 star test for me. In a rare instance of compromise, I decided to sleep on the review, rather than post right away as is my habit. I finished it late last night and didn’t want to stare at the computer before bed. When I went to bed, it was a 4. I woke up (heh), thinking it was a 3. And now, as I sit down, nearly 24 hours after finishing it…I’m giving it a 4. With major reservations. This book reminds me of the longform mea culpa written by Megan Phelps-Roper for The […]
I’ve been waiting for the Captain Marvel movie since 2012! I read the first few volumes for a MOOC called “Gender Issues in Comics” which was presented on Canva by Christy Blanch. It was a wonderful course which jumpstarted my interest in superhero comics (particularly female superhero comics). And I completely got why Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers changed the game for female comics readers. So in anticipation of the new movie, I avoided all casting reveals and spoilers and revisited the first 3.5 volumes of the collected editions of DeConnick’s run on the series: Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Full confession though: I stopped […]
Anne Helen Petersen is a pretty great writer but as with any essay or short story collection, some are better than others. She’s trying to tackle all the biggest criticisms hurled at woman for daring to exist while not conforming to societal expections. Too Strong (Serena Williams), Too Fat (Melissa McCarthy), Too Gross (Abbi Jacobson & Illana Glazer), Too Slutty (Nicki Minaj), Too Old (Madonna), Too Pregnant (Kim Kardashian), Too Shrill (Hillary Clinton), Too Queer (Caitlyn Jenner), Too Loud (Jennifer Weiner), & Too Naked (Lena Dunham). The Great I loved the essay about Serena and one could argue that it […]
I feel like a bad person for not totally loving this book. It was just hard to get through and some of the stories didn’t really move me one way or the other. I ended up just feeling sad while reading and finally finishing this book off with some wine. I think also that looking at rape culture is a huge undertaking, and so the stories could have flowed a bit better between them to the next story. Also I wish that things were not left vague in a few stories. A few times I went wait what happened when […]
Part memoir and part introduction to gender and trans issues, Dawson, a trans woman, strikes a balance between her personal experience with gender, both pre- and post-transition, and a wider discussion of how gender messes with all of us. Her main argument is that gender is a ridiculously narrow set of expectations that hurts everyone: cis and trans, binary and non, female and male, from before we are even born. As someone with only a surface understanding of gender theory, I liked how clearly she set out the difference between sex and gender; sex being the physical, chemical, biological and […]