While Levy's analysis of the ways in which some women participate in and uphold raunch culture is, at times, quite apt, this book as a whole brushes p...moreWhile Levy's analysis of the ways in which some women participate in and uphold raunch culture is, at times, quite apt, this book as a whole brushes past the true root of the issue (patriarchy) and in doing so places blame at the wrong placemat. Rather than critiquing the dominant paradigm of power and control, or focusing on oppression, racism or class, Levy focuses on the ways in which women (and sometimes men, who she inacurately identifies as women) can harm other women by perpetuating raunch culture and "acting like men". Though I agree that women should be held accountable for their contributions to a system that perpetuates mysogyny (just as any person of any gender should be) and though I'm sure that it was Levy's intention to write a book that encourages such accountability, I don't believe that this book effectively calls women to action in this ragard. In fact, I think that this book -- when placed in the hands of the wrong person -- could prove dangerous. In Levy's chapter "From Womyn to Bois", she discusses the ways in which female born gender variant people, female born genderqueers and transguys -- all of whom she describes as "bois" -- uphold and perpetuate raunch culture through their actions and behaviors. Levy uses female pronouns for all but one of the differently gendered people she refers to in this chapter (who she seems to have decided is trans enough to warrant appropriate gender pronouns) and belittles their experience in her description of them as promiscuous "lesbians" caught up in the "fad" of testosterone and top surgery. This is transphobia at its finest. Levy's book seems based on very limited, few and far between interviews with randomly selected members of various communities (whose experience she proudly generalizes as indicative of all members of that community). Her research is, in this way, flawed and ineffectual. Her transphobia is frightening and hazardous. This book is intended to be accessible to and appropriate for the average reader, which is why I take such great offense to her denegration of gender variant and trans identified folks. Hidden in amongst a proportedly feminist analysis in true hate-speech mired in disdain for queer culture. This is not a message I want distributed en masse throughout popular culture, for the aforementioned reasons. (less)
So, I read all but the last 40 pages of this book. Maybe you'll say that doesn't count as fully reading it, but I don't care. I just couldn't do it. A...moreSo, I read all but the last 40 pages of this book. Maybe you'll say that doesn't count as fully reading it, but I don't care. I just couldn't do it. And I can't really give a great explanation as to why.
In general, I enjoyed this book. Though I no longer holder Mr.Jensen in as high regard as I once did, I thought this work in particular was decent. (less)
this book was a treasured favorite of mine as a child. however, i had read it so long ago that i really maintained no recollection of any aspect of th...morethis book was a treasured favorite of mine as a child. however, i had read it so long ago that i really maintained no recollection of any aspect of the story aside from the concept of daemons and a slippery memory of the existence of the armored bears. that said, re-reading this book was like a fantastical trip to a world i've never visited before. i found myself so caught up in the story that i could sit for hours on end without noticing the passage of time in the slightest. i was brought into lyra's world so fully that it was sometimes jarring to find myself suddenly drawn back to the reality of my couch or chair or bed beneath my body by some startling moment of my present reality. there were many points at which i truly felt as though i was in svalbard or bolvangar, fighting alongside lyra and pan.
if you've never read this book, i emphatically recommend it. and if you have in the past found yourself nestled between the pages of this amazing novel, i recommend revisiting it whenever you next have the opportunity. (you can borrow it from walker, i'm sure. :))(less)
I am now, officially, in love with Dave Eggers. A friend gave me this book for my birthday nearly three months ago, and I only just picked it up and a...moreI am now, officially, in love with Dave Eggers. A friend gave me this book for my birthday nearly three months ago, and I only just picked it up and actually read the thing. Eggers style is savvy, poetic and enthralling. I was captivated from start to finish. I really did love this book.(less)