I like this book, but for me it wasn't anything new. It is a wonderful book for a quick look at the contemporary women's movement particularly the sec...moreI like this book, but for me it wasn't anything new. It is a wonderful book for a quick look at the contemporary women's movement particularly the second wave and the third. I take a little issue with the depiction of the second wave only because of the brevity. Most of the book discusses the second wave, which is fine that history is longer and richer, but still more could have been put into the second wave. Also, I'm wary and just tired of the notions of dueling waves. I love second wave feminism, and yeah at times I feel the expectations set for my generation are a bit high. Then again no one said we have to meet them. It puts me in mind of another books MidLife Crisis at 30. This book also wrestles with the idea that the second wave set expectations too high and instead of saying young women can do anything the message became young women should do everything. Not that this is the argument in this book, but it is touched upon in the second section. The argument in this book I found of interest was post-feminist verses third wave feminists. Of course these post-feminists are a group I regularly take shots at for better or worse. In the end this is a good introduction to feminism and feminist history.(less)
Yeah, I'm the kid that reads all my books before the semester starts. This book is for my seminar on women and global labor. Anyone want to guess how...moreYeah, I'm the kid that reads all my books before the semester starts. This book is for my seminar on women and global labor. Anyone want to guess how excited I am about this course? The book itself is a collection of essays on various subjects with the common theme of women in global economy. The book is broken down into three sections; each section represents a specific issue which is found in respect to global labor. The first section, "Laboring in Transnational Public Spheres," looks at women's experiences as labor activists. One particularly pointed essay, "Of Poetics and Politics: The Border Journeys of Luisa Moreno," discussed Moreno's life as an activist, and gave a particularly disturbing look at the casualties of her lifestyle. The second section, "The Global Politics of Labor," takes a look at globalization and the legal ramifications of it. The final section, "Surviving the Global Economy," looks at the results of globalization and how it affects women. These essays ranged from depictions of traders to sex workers, and globalization has push these women into these various roles. (less)
Absolutely amazing and equally horrifying. The Handmaids Tale makes you put it down and remind yourself it is just fiction. A co-worker asked me what...moreAbsolutely amazing and equally horrifying. The Handmaids Tale makes you put it down and remind yourself it is just fiction. A co-worker asked me what I was reading apparently I looked intense, "The stripping away of women's rights layer by layer until there is nothing left."
The truly disturbing aspect of this book is the last chapter the historical essay written on it. Chilling as you read fake essay; the purpose to make it all the more believable.
Now, I'm not an alarmist. I don't believe the conservative right are going to take my rights away in a day, which is the narrator's perspective in the novel. However, that it debatable because Moria seemed to be aware of the impending future. This book becomes all the more relevant as we see states banning gay marriage and restricting abortion.
The book...women and men are classified; they have different jobs. Men are commanders (heads of households/important government officials), guardians (protectors), angels (soldiers), and eyes (spies). Women are wives (do I need to explain?), marthas (domestics), and handmaids (baby machines). There are of course people who live outside these classifications as well, but really they have a smaller role. The wives and the handmaids hate their lives, and I believe so do the marthas. Suicide rates feel kind of high in the novel. Oh, and of course "unwomen" who can't produce children within three chances; they are sent to the colonies, and no one wants to go there.
The scary thing about this novel is the explanation of how easily this could happen. The government takes your bank account and gives it to a male relative and then women are forbidden to work outside the home. Our narrator points out that immediately her husband likes the new arrangement. She says that she belongs to him instead of them belong to each other. There are moments when our narrator mocks her mother for the old feminist ideals; they aren't needed.
The shining light? Mayday. Mayday is the signal of the revolution. Because in societies like this there is always a revolution. Our narrator's guardian lover tells her "Mayday," and we are expected to believe that she gets out and he wasn't an eye.
I give it a 5/5 and then some if I could. I feel like everyone should read this novel.(less)
Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female is an interesting read. It is entertaining and uplifting with stories from famous and infamous women...moreBecoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female is an interesting read. It is entertaining and uplifting with stories from famous and infamous women. These women talk of everything from first period to domestic violence. I disagree with some of the analysis these women give. Growing up female means something different and manifests in different ways. Recently, several of my friends and I were discussing when we figured out we were feminists. I always knew; I always knew that I was equal with boys. I also believe that growing up female has some great aspects. Girls get don't have to deal with the current definition of masculinity. We can cry in public, and we can punch someone in the face (not that I recommend doing that). Then again there are negative aspects as well. There is the culture of fear females are raised in that few males ever understand. Females are subjected to a conventional and rarely disputed ideal body image. I think the book loses some of it strength by the vastness of the essays. They cover so many topics, but still leave aspects of being female out. I also found the book to focus heavily on journalism and actresses, but if the author of the piece doesn't fall into one of those categories then you founded a non-profit.(less)
I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy Feminist literature, but it isn't the best. Several of the essays seem to draw on forever, but others are simpl...moreI enjoyed this book as much as I enjoy Feminist literature, but it isn't the best. Several of the essays seem to draw on forever, but others are simply incredible.
Perhaps my favorite essay, "Hooking Up with Healthy Sexuality: The Lessons Boys Learn (and Don't Learn) About Sexuality, and Why a Sex-Positive Rape Prevention Paradigm Can Benefit Everyone Involved...," was written by Brad Perry. I enjoy reading about rape, sex, and gender relations form a male perspective because I am bombarded with the female feminist perspective. Perry argues that he had unrealistic expectations of sex and "the game," which is of course the only way men can obtain sex. Perry explains that as he evolves as a person he develops a better understanding of sex and rape. He then moves onto abstinence only education, which was entertaining as always.
Another awesome essay, "The Not-Rape Epidemic...," written by Latoya Peterson. This essay expressed the dangers in our culture of the "non-rapes." These experiences permeate many people who recognize that it wasn't rape, and thus he/she is lucky, and should just deal with it. Peterson detailed experiences not only of her own, but of many of her friends. She goes onto say that in retrospect one can identify what had happened, but at the time he/she is just so thankful that it wasn't worse that reporting or even speaking about it aloud didn't register. Only until after it was too late for others did she personally think that she should have said something.(less)
Brilliant! Of course I am a big fan. I read this for the first time after I watched it performed by friends in college. I re-read this every year for...moreBrilliant! Of course I am a big fan. I read this for the first time after I watched it performed by friends in college. I re-read this every year for V-Day. I actually don't have a favorite section because they are all so good.(less)