Jul 30, 11
Read on July 30, 2011
I thought this book was absolutely fascinating. Chester Brown is a cartoonist and graphic artist who wrote "Louis Riel". In this book, he writes about his own experiences as a john in Toronto. After being in 3 romantic relationships, he decides that he is going to become a john. He writes about his experiences with prostitutes. I did feel that he was respectful to some of the women that he slept with- he didn't tell a lot about their personal lives, changed their names and didn't draw their faces. But I was really bothered by his preference for very young women and some of the judgements he made about the women's bodies. I know that men make these judgements- but I can't say that they didn't make me feel uncomfortable. I also realized that I really hate the word "whore" and it bothered me when he referred to the prostitutes as whores.
I learned A LOT from reading this book and was fascinated by it. I am definitely not as cynical as Chester Brown and I don't agree with all of his opinions. He's a lot more cynical and disheartened than me, but I did like reading the sections about his arguments. The book did make me a bit uncomfortable, but it's definitely worth reading.