If has been a long time since I read a book from start to finish in one day, so that should tell you how much I really loved this book. A great bit ofIf has been a long time since I read a book from start to finish in one day, so that should tell you how much I really loved this book. A great bit of speculative sci-fi. Loved the narrator and the narration. My only complaint is with the ending. After a really great story that moved along at a nice pace, the ending seemed packaged and rushed....more
When I saw Aziz on the Daily Show talking about the premise for this book, I knew I had to read it. Teaming up with a sociologist to do actual researcWhen I saw Aziz on the Daily Show talking about the premise for this book, I knew I had to read it. Teaming up with a sociologist to do actual research on modern dating was something I couldn't pass up. I miss studying evolutionary psychology, and this book filled part of that desire to continue studying human mating. There are also contributions from psychologists, anthropologists, researchers, and other sociologists so you get a well-rounded view on the underlying theories that contribute to the research questions that Modern Romance sought to answer. And it is laugh out loud funny at several points.
You will also learn how to be successful with online dating (spoiler: actually go on dates). I learned about the herbivore men of Japan and that all our choices are both a good and a bad thing. Technology is not making us less likely to connect, but giving us the ability to connect in new ways (both good and bad). The time we're living in is not better or worse than the past for marriage, relationships, or dating; it is just different.
If you're interested in modern romance and the changes happening in human mating due to technology, you'll love this book....more
Don't be scared by the title, this isn't some dry academic read filled with charts, graphs, and chi square analysis, though I am a fan of those booksDon't be scared by the title, this isn't some dry academic read filled with charts, graphs, and chi square analysis, though I am a fan of those books too, no, this is an incredibly fun, funny, enlightening read about an industry that too often is stereotyped and caricatured. In fact, Dr. Chauntelle takes us on her journey from believing the caricatures to discovering the real people who make up this industry. While my work is mainly on the novelty side of the adult industry, I've met many adult stars and, they really are just regular people who choose to do this line of work. They have the same hopes, dreams, failures, foibles, and flaws as the rest of us. The fact that we still stigmatize sex work in this country is a travesty. At least there is hope with champions like Dr Chauntelle and the work she is doing. Pick up this book whatever your beliefs about porn and learn a little bit more about an industry that is both ubiquitous and rarely discussed....more
This is one of those books that is really important and should be read by everyone. I don't see that happening, but it really should. College coursesThis is one of those books that is really important and should be read by everyone. I don't see that happening, but it really should. College courses on education and administration should require this as part of the curriculum. You may have seen Sir Ken Robinson's TED Talk where he discusses the industrial system of education and how it is failing students. This book outlines several ways we can better serve students, with real world examples of schools that are succeeding. This is also a great book for business leaders on how to think about change and doing what works, even within a system that has strict guidelines. If I took away nothing else, the three steps for change would leave me better off: critique, vision, and theory. To change things for the better, you need an honest Critique of how things are, a Vision of how they should be, and a Theory of change to move from one to the other. I've been doing this at my job for a while, but now I have a better way of explaining it.
Sir Robinson never suggests that change will be easy, but he makes a strong case for why it is necessary. One idea that stuck out to me was how educators would respond negatively, or hopelessly, about the ability to change things. "We have these regulations we must adhere to," or, "My principal won't go for that." We need to shift our focus on the things we can change and the things we do control. As a teacher are you really required to give a test every week? Is handing out a worksheet with fill-in-the-blanks an accurate means of assessment? Is lecturing and then testing your students on how much they can regurgitate really the best way? These are things a teacher can control. You can seek to engage students or you can set yourself up as their adversary. That is something you control.
The book touches on many subjects across the education spectrum, from student to teacher to administration to politicians. Sir Ken Robinson has been doing this for decades and has experience in many different areas, but what comes across most is that he doesn't believe there is only one solution, there are many. He gives you the tools to start asking questions and shows you where to find some answers. It is always a good book that gets you shopping for other books to read.
I don't have any children in school, but the education of future generations is important to me, because those are my fellow citizens. They will have to make decisions that impact my life, they will work or create the companies I will patronize. We need them to be prepared to tackle any challenge, not just specific ones. This book along with Fareed Zakaria's In Defense of a Liberal Education and Alfie Kohn's The Homework Myth provide an outline of what we need from education and what needs to change....more