So you may have noticed things have been a bit quieter around the blog these past few weeks than normal. I haven’t had as much bandwidth for blogging after work and on the weekends because I just started out at a new job. It’s an amazing opportunity and super exciting, but like any new situation takes more mental and physical energy than normal. My time at home these days has been mostly spent sleeping and reading.
This has had the positive result of putting me in the position at the moment to be way ahead on my reading schedule, but behind on actual reviews. I have a lot of books to cover over the next few weeks that I’ve already read. I’m hoping to get back to a more regular schedule, but in the meantime thanks for understanding that things may be a bit slower than normal around here for a little while longer.
Being able to read everyone else’s posts and reviews has kept me in the book blog loop, however, which I’m very thankful for. Here are some of my favorite posts from this week.
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A few weeks ago, after attending the Women’s March in LA, I put together a book list of books about Feminism that I wanted to read to provide a stronger educational framework for my understanding of feminism from a historical and intellectual perspective. Caitlin Moran’s hilarious book How To Be A Woman was featured on that list, and when the audiobook became available from my library holds list, I decided to start listening to it during my commutes. I was laughing out loud in my car from the start.
Moran has the gift of bringing a sensitive topic like that of feminism to the masses in a very accessible and down-to-earth way, but for those who are very sophisticated in their feminist views, it may seem simplistic. I think that in How To Be A Woman, Moran wasn’t trying to provide some kind of definitive ideological treatise about feminism, but wanted to share her experience growing up as a woman and a feminist, in a way that I, and I think many other women, will find relatable. Don’t expect statistics and valid historical commentary, but rather humorous anecdotes from Moran’s life that tie into feminist themes.
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On Saturday, I, like millions of other people in the U.S. and around the world, participated in the Women’s March (in LA) to stand up for women’s rights and against discrimination on the basis of race, gender identity or sexual preference. It was an incredibly inspiring morning, seeing so many people – men, women, children – come together to stand up for our shared values. Like others at marches around the globe, I was also protesting the new U.S. Presidential administration’s intentions to negatively impact women and minority groups through bigoted and backwards-looking policies (some of which we’re unfortunately already seeing enacted).
After the march, I read a lot of the coverage of this historic event, including different looks at how modern day feminism, in all its varied manifestations, fits more broadly into the history of feminism as a whole. I realized that though I firmly identify as a feminist, and I can articulate the reasons for which it’s still important to protect women’s rights, there’s a lot I don’t know about the history of feminism, its intersection with race, and the different forms it can take.
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