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review 2015-10-27 20:16
Review: Targeted and Trolled by Rossalyn Warren
Targeted and Trolled: The Reality of Being a Woman Online (An original digital short) - Rossalyn Warren

 

Review from Let Me Be Fictional

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https://lemebefictional.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/blog-tour-targeted-and-trolled-rossalyn-warren/

 

A book about the reality and facts which women faces everyday in their lives. Targeted and Trolled is precisely written and portrays the true image of this gender oriented society.

The book highlighted some incidents which happened to some of the renowned women who are raising their voices against sexual harassment and supporting the victims. Abuse and shaming are the very common examples of online harassment which women faces more than men. Most of us would have witnessed these acts on many of the social networking sites.

Often men are not aware that women are sexually abused and shamed on internet. Mostly, online harassment is gender biased. Men are usually harassed and shamed for intellectual in abilities where as women are harassed and abused sexually for being an online user.

Minorities are also targeted often. Muslim women are mostly trolled for sharing their opinion online and they are usually sexually harassed and abused by male online users from other religions.

Being a Pakistani female citizen, I can totally understand the way society often blames the woman. In some rural areas women are not allowed to have social media profiles and to be an online user. The main cause of this mindset is the fear of being sexually harassed online. Due to media awareness and campaigns led by NGOs this mindset is changing.

Most of the times Pakistani women are not even aware of the term online harassment. As Rossalyn has stated in the book, that most of the times women think that online harassment is a part of the deal for being an online user.

"Do no harm, take no shit." -- Wilson
Wilson also put an emphasis on  women that owning their voice is a powerful tool which they must use online.

Kati Heng's way to spread out the word against harrasment: http://stopthecatcall.tumblr.com

 
"Rememeber this is your internet, this is your technology. This is your online space you need to reclaim."  -- Nighat Dad

Nighat's work against cyber bullying:  http://digitalrightsfoundation.pk

 

It good to know that women all around the globe are fighting in their own ways against online harassment and sexual harassment. Victims are raising their voices and spreading out the word through social media to spread awareness and to support each other.

 

 

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This is a must read book.

Rating: 5/5

  Disclaimer: I got a galley of this e-book via publisher and getting a review copy does not altered my opinion of this book.  

 

Source: lemebefictional.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/blog-tour-targeted-and-trolled-rossalyn-warren
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review 2015-02-28 01:12
Neither bad nor good, just pointless and past its sell-by date
Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Hetrosexuality - Hanne Blank

This isn't a "bad" book per se, but it's curiously pointless. While Blank sets out to limn the history of heterosexuality as a concept, what she really ends up doing at great length and to little new effect, is to write about the legal and social concepts of marriage (companionate and otherwise) and the cultural history of dating. None of this is fresh, none of this has not been done dozens of times before decades before, most more thoroughly and from a more deeply informed historical and/or philosophical perspective. None of this illuminates our current understanding of what's "heterosexual" and what's "homosexual". In fact, beyond the brief personal revelations that open and close the volume, there's virtually nothing here I haven't read many, many times over.

I guess I just can't imagine who's the audience for this book. Anyone seriously interested in the subject of sexuality, sexual/gender identity, and the history of how society and individuals assign labels is not going to find anything fresh, interesting, or particularly useful here. And those who aren't especially interested or knowledgeable are probably not going to read or seek out this book. Sooo?

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review 2013-08-31 00:00
Vittoria Colonna: With Some Account of Her Friends and Her Times by Maud F. Jerrold
Vittoria Colonna: With Some Account of Her Friends and Her Times - Maud F Jerrold

I quite enjoyed this book. Given that it was written in 1906, it is surprisingly academic compared to the other late nineteenth-century, early twentieth-century biographies and studies of Vittoria Colonna, and Michelangelo Buonarroti.

 

Vittoria Colonna from BarcelonaIt offers a very readable account of the Colonna family, their troubles with the popes of that time (Leo X, Clement VII, Paul II) and the political scene of Europe (Reformation, wars, Henry VIII, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, Martin Luther, Juan Valdés, Pietro Bembo, Baldassare Castiglione, Machiavelli, etc.)

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review 2013-07-26 00:00
Vittoria Colonna: A Study by Alethea Wiel
Vittoria Colonna: A Study, with Translations of Some of Her Published and Unpublished Sonnets - Alethea Wiel

As the title implies, this book offers English translations of Vittoria Colonna's sonnets. For my purposes, however, the Marchioness's poetry is irrelevant. Moreover, no sources are given within the text. As such, Wiel makes claims that she does not substantiate. For academic purposes, this book is, therefore, no longer useful for anyone who wants their own work to be reliable. Sometimes you can trace back the source, for example, when she gives a direct quote. But when she writes that Vittoria 'wrote bitterly to Pompeo Colonna', Wiel does not provide a date of this particular letter.

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review 2013-06-04 00:00
Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence by James W. Messerschmidt
Gender, Heterosexuality, and Youth Violence: The Struggle for Recognition - James W. Messerschmidt

This is a review of Chapter 2: "Theory and Method".

 

Messerschmidt gives a structured overview of the three key-terms needed to understand socially defined behaviour and identity: sex, gender and sexuality; male/female, masculinity/femininity (or masculinities/femininities), heterosexual/non-heterosexual (gay, lesbian, bi, etc.). Our biological sex is determined at birth based on genitals, but in daily life we need to assess a person's sex. In this sense, each of us "does" sex:

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