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message 1: by Katelyn, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (new)

Katelyn (katelynrh) | 836 comments Mod
Hey everyone!

We want to hear from those of you who have attended OSS meet ups for Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body in your area about what you discussed, your thoughts on the book, and other ideas you covered this time around.

Feel free to share here!

(This thread will be monitored. We ask that you focus on the ideas proposed in group meet ups, rather than individual ideas. Thanks!)


message 2: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments In our last two Skype sessions we discussed the book. In detail the group, mix of women, men race and cultures.

The impressions where roughly in two parts personal and general.

Firstly the act and the after effects, would it have been better to speak out at the time, would this have been easier if she, the author was white.

The effect of an assault on a woman and women in general also figured highly in our discussion this work brought up many personal and general points. and will continue to do so as people go through the book


message 3: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Ross wrote: "In our last two Skype sessions we discussed the book. In detail the group, mix of women, men race and cultures.

The impressions where roughly in two parts personal and general.

Firstly the act a..."


I thought it was very interesting that a comparison of rape for a woman with castration for a man came up.
I would have never thought about it in that way.


message 4: by Ross (new)

Ross | 1444 comments Emma wrote: "MeerderWörter wrote: "I thought it was very interesting that a comparison of rape for a woman with castration for a man came up.
I would have never thought about it in that way. "

That is a really..."


It's not an analog of course but it does show the level of trauma experienced to be equivocal.


message 5: by Pam (new)

Pam | 1077 comments Mod
That's really cool everyone.


message 6: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Pam wrote: "That's really cool everyone."

You're of course welcome to join if you want to.


message 7: by Robert (new)

Robert Smart | 346 comments The report looks good guys! Good job to the writer and proofreader.


message 8: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Robert wrote: "The report looks good guys! Good job to the writer and proofreader."

Thanks;)


message 9: by Agnes Szalkowska (last edited Oct 10, 2017 01:00PM) (new)

Agnes Szalkowska | 386 comments “Bad Feminist” and “Hunger” will be discussed as a whole when we have more people that have completed both books. We may have a session dedicated to these books and the subjects covered.
For tonight: The identity and protection themes were touched on but spoilers were avoided. Some saw in the actions of the author that she transformed her body into a fortress to avoid sexual attention.
The question on the impact it has had was raised. It was an insight to how people with weight issues deal with their condition and the embarrassment they have to deal with. Answers to how feminist the work was were varied but most thought it addressed women and how they are perceived which lies at the heart of feminism.
Supplemental:
Shayesteh made note that a lot of the text was against abortions and asked the question about abortion: What If the child was to be born into a bad environment?
Robert replied that he agreed with her and also made mention with Emma in the chat that if the child was to be born into a bad environment or was to be born of a rape situation in which that child might be looked down upon in some way by the parent. Robert said that he would respect the decision for an abortion in this case and Agnes also mentioned putting the child up for adoption as well.
On the topic of Sexist Rule: Shayesteh brought up that in talking to her parents that Iran was seemingly more equal towards women 38-40 years ago than they are currently.
As per the book section: Shayesteh asked: Do you think that Roxane would have had a different rape experience if she was a white woman? This is a question we could put to the author on OSS.
Robert replied that he felt that whether or not she was a woman of color or a white woman he thinks the rape would have still stood the same. Just for the fact that, for lack of a better way to word it, he felt that if she was locked in a room with horny male teenage boys with one thing on their mind that whether you were a white woman or a woman of color he feels the rape still would have occurred the same.


message 10: by Robert (new)

Robert Smart | 346 comments Agnes Szalkowska wrote: "07/09/2017 – 21:00 (UK time)
Attendees:
MeerderWörter (Austria, Chair)
Quoc Huy Pho (Santerro) (France)
Shayesteh Khosravi (Iran)
Robert Smart (Massachusetts, USA; Chair)
Emma Clement (Maryland via..."


Report looks good as always. :))


message 11: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Agnes Szalkowska wrote: "07/09/2017 – 21:00 (UK time)
Attendees:
MeerderWörter (Austria, Chair)
Quoc Huy Pho (Santerro) (France)
Shayesteh Khosravi (Iran)
Robert Smart (Massachusetts, USA; Chair)
Emma Clement (Maryland via..."


It's really long this time. It really was emotive, but also a very good talk.


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