The most cohesive and satisfying of the series so far. Heartless just seems so thoroughly itself, like Carriger has really figured out the series's to...moreThe most cohesive and satisfying of the series so far. Heartless just seems so thoroughly itself, like Carriger has really figured out the series's tone and what characters matter in what ways, and the pacing, humor, and emotion are spot-on. AND my husband and I were both over the moon about the (view spoiler)[bit where Alexia is in hard labor and the narrator's like "six hours later ..." instead of the pop culture's standard super-fast no-details no-fluids labor scenes of pop culture. The whole treatment of her pregnancy and the birth are refreshing. I am less than thrilled by the resolution of the Genevieve Lefoux subplot (she's going to be stuck under the power of an abusive vampire with her child?), but Lord Akeldama's apparent affection for baby Prudence and her sweet little fangs are certainly good enough for me. I really enjoy the disgust and fear of the Countess in juxtaposition with Lord and Lady Maccon, Lyall, and Akeldama's chill and amused (I would say human, but ...) reactions to the little enigma. Anyway, great good fun throughout. (hide spoiler)](less)
I both loved and (not hated but) really disliked this book.
Enthusiastic about: * the idea of a very brief and accessible introduction to feminism from...moreI both loved and (not hated but) really disliked this book.
Enthusiastic about: * the idea of a very brief and accessible introduction to feminism from a positive, loving perspective * the inclusion of some less-obvious topics alongside the usual suspects (I especially appreciated the discussion of spirituality, religion, and feminism) * the book's repeated acknowledgement of children's difficult position within a sexist and hierarchical society, and of parenting as a feminist issue * the desire for feminist children's literature, media, and education * the general approach of remembering feminist contributions to contemporary life while also looking forward to how we can do more together
Super unhappy and/or uncomfortable with: * (and this is the big one) the book's representation of hooks's particular version of feminism as Feminism writ large--I get that some oversimplification is going to occur in a book this short (118 pages!), but that does not require presenting opinion as fact, overgeneralizing so much, or basically only citing one's own work * relatedly, the self-satisfied tone in parts: can get grating * I'm just not that into "sisterhood." This is, I'm sure, partly generational. But the parts of the book that call for reaching out to men, paying attention to masculinities, etc. seem in tension with the insistence that sisterhood, women's consciousness-raising meetings, and being "woman-identified" in our loyalties are all central to feminism. (And why should consciousness-raising groups be run like Alcoholics Anonymous? Random.) * the apparently arbitrary order of the chapters and a lot of the stuff within them
Basically, I found this book very thought-provoking and worthwhile as a snapshot of bell hooks's feminist project, BUT I think it would be a misleading and potentially off-putting primer for a brand-new feminist or a curious non-feminist--which is the whole purpose of the book, so ... hmm.(less)
My vague sense from half-encounters with this book through its media coverage was that I would find it really annoying. Actually, I enjoyed reading it...moreMy vague sense from half-encounters with this book through its media coverage was that I would find it really annoying. Actually, I enjoyed reading it.
Nothing here blew my mind--I am not exactly shocked by the news that happiness is a fuzzy concept that's often ill-measured, that parenting is both very stressful/draining and deeply meaningful/pleasurable, or that mothers typically find themselves doing most of the planning-worrying-organizing-tracking-research labor [even if they have father-partners who actually do about half of the 'childcare' as typically measured (external activities like changing diapers, carrying out bedtime routines, driving children to activities)]. However, I do find all these points important and interesting, and I'm glad that Senior is communicating about them to such a broad audience.
Meh. I haven't read the original Artist's Way, so I don't know how this compares. But I found the reasonable points in this book obvious (don't mock a...moreMeh. I haven't read the original Artist's Way, so I don't know how this compares. But I found the reasonable points in this book obvious (don't mock a child's creative efforts, do fun stuff together, labeling as "genius" is just about as unhelpful as labeling as "unmusical" or whatever). The schmaltzy 12-step-y Higher Power tone really rubbed me the wrong way--it comes off as terribly patronizing--and serious class privilege makes a lot of assumptions seem bizarre. I personally know zero parents who feel their child should always be practicing the violin rather than playing or reading, for example. I guess an extraordinarily tightly-wound person might find some of the "chill out" reminders/permission useful? But, like, who ARE these parents?(less)
A thought-provoking collection of brief essays about heteronormativity and breaking out of in school settings, in a UK context. Many of the essays are...moreA thought-provoking collection of brief essays about heteronormativity and breaking out of in school settings, in a UK context. Many of the essays are a pleasure to read.(less)