Books of essays by many people can be such a mix, and this is. enough so that I would recommend the book wholeheartedly to very few, but the last essaBooks of essays by many people can be such a mix, and this is. enough so that I would recommend the book wholeheartedly to very few, but the last essay, by Tara Sophia Bahna-James, to everyone. ...more
Ok, finally done. Such a bizarre experience. I find myself almost/wanting to be in sympathy with this woman, but she just seems "off" - she brings upOk, finally done. Such a bizarre experience. I find myself almost/wanting to be in sympathy with this woman, but she just seems "off" - she brings up some really interesting points (I'm inclined to believe there are opiate properties to grains and milk - "comfort food" right?) though she didn't really give a reasonable citation (almost all her endnotes refer to a few fad diet books) I'm inclined to believe that agriculture is not sustainable and even that grains should mostly be eliminated from our diets. I actually believe in farming with animals, though I am a vegetarian. I don't like to kill things, and as things are I can't buy meat that has been killed humanely in our society.
Her obsession with vegetarians being the problem ("vegetarians need to understand" is a phrase that recurs over and over again - why don't the other 99% of Americans - who are just as "guilty" of supporting agriculture - need to understand too? what's going to change if 2% of people understand something? especially if most of them already do?)
Just made me tired, mostly. She has some good points, could have done better research, and needs to get over her serious issues with vegetarianism
I've only read the first page thus far, but looks like I may oddly be in sympathy (to some extent with the author) - her premise seems to be that all industrial agriculture is destructive. Why she connects the problem so closely with vegetarianism still escapes me, so I'll be interested to see where she goes with it - indeed factory farmed tofu is unlikely to be much better for the planet than factory farmed beef - but is it not better for the cow involved? is tofu produced on a huge commercial scale actually worse for the planet than beef produced on a huge commercial scale? I would be interested and shocked to find out that it is. I suppose I'm attached to the idea that it's at least marginally better.
As for health issues, I've been vegetarian (the word in her title, not vegan, like she was) for over 20 years, with no adverse effects to my health, so I doubt she'll manage to make a convincing case on that front, at least that it's universal to humans somehow that we can't live without meat.
Ok, now I"m on page 20 or so and she's argued against fruitarianism, building a fence across Africa to separate predators and prey, and essentially eating a really low fat vegan diet and refusing to stray from it even when your body is clearly falling apart for 20 years. I don't know if she'll ever actually argue against vegetarianism, but I'm not actually all that optimistic. Seems like it's essentially about her (I thought being a vegetarian meant X, and I was wrong) with some potentially interesting informational tidbits thrown in now and then, but they're seriously intertwined with a lot of the emotional rantings of a convert. still, I think I'll be able to stick it out....more
Note - the last chapter or two are more like I was hoping the whole book would be.
I'm finding this book frustrating because it seems to mostly lack aNote - the last chapter or two are more like I was hoping the whole book would be.
I'm finding this book frustrating because it seems to mostly lack any analysis of political/societal issues (what laws are being passed that affect abortion, employment, day care, rape) and it pretty much just a run-down of all the TV shows and magazines that I haven't seen in the past two decades, and the negative affects that they probably have on women's self image. Occasionally she remembers to remark about how sexist stuff in media is portrayed as "okay" because it's ironic or something, and how that's bogus, but overall, the book has been useful (?) to the extent that I now have a better understanding of what was going on on "Dawson's Creek", "Melrose Place" and "Survivor" (none of which I've ever seen - in case that helps me understand society at large any better (maybe?) but not helping me develop or criticize a perception of the overall state of women's rights in the US...more
I was so annoyed by this book. I don't think I can even explain it, but it made me inclined to hate men. (ok, that's a litoh my god I"m going to puke.
I was so annoyed by this book. I don't think I can even explain it, but it made me inclined to hate men. (ok, that's a little extreme, but not entirely off) - not just the serial killers, but the "good" ones who are turned on by women half their age who look like they are both anorexic and younger than their daughters. AND think they're feminists, apparently because they don't approve of rape and serial killing. seriously, thanks, guys....more
A diary of the first few years of a daughter's life with an eye to what gender messages she gets, and internalizes.
I absolutely loved this book, but IA diary of the first few years of a daughter's life with an eye to what gender messages she gets, and internalizes.
I absolutely loved this book, but I also read it while living in Norway for a semester. Living somewhere I dn't really know the language makes anything in english much more lovable (though I think this was a german book in translation.)...more