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Small Animals by Kim Brooks
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Having kids has always seemed to me to be a form of madness. Kim Brooks' book shows that if you were not already a little bonkers when you had kids, then virtually every feature of America's fear-filled, outrage-driven, misogynistic culture and hyper-competitive dedication to capitalism are structured to drive you to that point.

"Unfortunately, just as there is little individual Americans feel that they can do about the threats of climate change, rising income inequality, and the dehumanizing effects of automation and globalization, people in the 1970s and 1980s felt they could do little to protect themselves from what seemed to be the encroaching threats of the day. 'Focusing on threats to children,' [Steven] Mintz suggests, 'may have provided a solution to this psychological dilemma. Anxiety about the future could be expressed in terms of concerns for children's safety,' which, after all, feels more manageable" (89).
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message 1: by Duane (new)

Duane well... the first question which needs to be answered (and which Brooks appears to have
ignored, of course) is whether or not there IS a real threat to children nowadays, which didn't exist back in The Good Old Days (whenever that was...). In point of fact, if there really is an increased threat, then her charges of mindless terror on the part of our culture, really have to be, ummm... "Re-examined".

But, NTL, I'm sure that whatever the facts of the matter, "Capitalism" is responsible as an irreducible primary in any case.


Erin Duane, did you read the book? Obviously not.


message 3: by Duane (new)

Duane no, I had to settle for the Cliff's Notes version; e.g., the New Yuck Slimes review.

But it's OK... ya seen one Howling Mommy book, ya seen 'em all...


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