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review 2018-03-07 01:39
The Little Book of Feminist Saints
The Little Book of Feminist Saints - Manjitt Thapp,Julia Pierpont

This is a fantastic book for anyone who wants to learn about some of history's fabulous women. The timing of this is perfect for Women's History Month. The only think "wrong" with this is there were so many great women to pick from. How do you narrow it down? 
There are some absences in this one. However, that is countered with women who the average person has heard of (Yayoi Kusama, Forugh Farrrokhzad, Maria Montessori, and The Mirabal Sisters anyone?). Then, of course, the NAMES (Oprah, Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai ) that everyone has (*should*) have heard of.
I liked the portrait and the little details about each women. I think back at history and mourn what has been lost to time (deliberate actions and accidental), Sappho's poetry or Hypatia's writings.
This is an excellent starter for someone with an interest in learning something new that they otherwise would have never known. This is appropriate for kids and adults.

eARC courtesy of Random House and NetGalley.
Published on March 6, 2018

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review 2018-01-05 22:45
Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine
Bitch Planet Volume 1 - Kelly Sue DeConnick,Robert Wilson IV,Valentine De Landro

I loved this feminist-driven volume!


Imagine a woman being rude, or fat, or insubordinate. During this future time period, women must be perfect at all times and if not, off to the Bitch Planet they go.


I liked this more than I thought I would, partially because of the cool retro feel to it, (complete with fake Xray glasses ads and things like that). I'm going to continue with this series.

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review 2018-01-01 22:55
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay

I had this book on my NOOK for at least two years. I wanted to read it in those two years, but felt intimated because Ms. Gay is an intellectual and just highly freaking smart (I follow her on Twitter). I am now kicking myself for waiting so long to discover her writing.


Damn, Ms. Gay gets me - at times I thought she actually knew me or was in my head (a fellow SVH-er who also hated what FP did to the franchise with that SVH Confidential book). The chapter on race and pop culture was the one part that I didn't have any ideas or opinions about going in (I've no desire to see Django Unchained or Birth of a Nation). But when she laid into The Help - OMG YES. I love her dissection into the women who go on reality television shows. I did not realize Scrabble could be competitive on an official level (although playing against me makes any Scrabble match competitive because that is one game I refuse to lose to anybody).


Her writing can be all over the place at times (for example, two very different pop culture items in the same essay), but she shows how those are related and how they are part of American society and culture. She is brutally frank about her sexual assaults and rape culture, so gentle warning. She also has no problem NOT knowing all the answers; a couple of quips along the line of "I like X.....don't know what they says about me" - that kind of honesty is so refreshing.


A great read to end 2017.

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text 2017-12-31 12:49
December 2017 Wrap Up
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

Last monthly wrap up of 2017. So many DNFs.....



BL/GR: 166/150 Complete!

Pop Sugar: 52/52 Complete!

Library Love: 2; 54/36 Complete!

16 Tasks: 32 points total


Books Read:

1. Saga Volumes 2-4 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples - 4 stars to each volume


2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterley - 5 stars (Recommend especially to the Flat Earth Society reading group, but I am going to be recommending this book to EVERY DAMN BODY in 2018)


3. Let Us Dream (from the anthology Daughters of a Nation) by Alyssa Cole - 2.5 stars


4. Bloom: Finding Beauty in the Unexpected by Kelle Hampton - 0 stars


5. Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes - 2 stars


6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - 3.5 stars


7. I Know What I Am, But What Are You? by Samantha Bee - 3 stars


8. Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxanne Gay - 4 stars


Books Re-Read:

9. Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples


Currently Reading: Beyond Belief: My Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill (50% completed)



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review 2017-12-30 11:00
Matriarchs: Eliza's Revenge- Susan McDonough-Wachtman

   A light-hearted, entertaining post-feminist twist from a committed feminist writer?

I’m not sure that McDonough-Wachtman would accept that as an even partly accurate statement, but that was the sense of her writer that reading Eliza’s Revenge gave me. It is nice to read books from her generation of feminist writers that manage to be affirmative for women, while accepting that female governance doesn’t naturally take the thorns off pink-tinted roses, or indeed those blooms of any other hue. Men in this story are still agonists but, refreshingly, at least not protagonists.

   We are some way in the future, with a story that is set on a female controlled planet. This world’s environment is well governed by its women, though from the human perspective in a rather worryingly narrow ‘religiously’ organised way. The whole planet has the feel of being moulded by a tree-hugging, socialist, governance of pagan feminist priestesses. This is certainly no utopia, though we begin with that expectation. There are sinister undertones of unnatural practices and manipulation of male genetic characteristics. The men of this planet are now as female as Barbie Dolls, while some of the women certainly aren’t all ‘sugar and spice’ humanists.

   The writing is rather head-hoppy which doesn’t help the flow of the story, but the overall read is entertaining. Whether philosophical thought really stretches from entertainment into a substantive speculation I can’t really decide. Certainly, there are some important pointers about the directions humanity might move in, and the subsequent effects. The science fiction is a story enabler, rather than a serious framework; a fantasy setting in which to play with social perspective. Where one is obliged to give stars then I would give five, for the overall readability and quality, even if these stars twinkle rather than shine a consistent and penetrating bright light.

   I got the sense that McDonough-Wachtman is capable of writing with a great deal more ambition than she showed here. Far too many corners were cut with a convenient fantastical twist, and the tone was far too tongue-in-cheek to give any hard bite to the plot. This is a general readers book, not a genre scifi, and though it may well be appealing to rather more female than male readers that really isn’t a defining quality. The point that a matriarchy is no more capable of maintaining utopia from subversion than a patriarchy is well made.


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