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text 2017-08-30 11:37
Wringo Ink. Short Story for the Genre “Starts with a Phrase”: Not. A. Story.







Once upon a time, sharks flew across the sky.


Or so one would think if one hadn’t been living in that era.


It was an age where people thought they had the right to punish people in God’s stead.


It was a time when it was okay to turn the sacred ground of universities into abattoirs.


It was just one of the moments in a string of moments when masks slipped off faces. With the carapace removed, you could see the hideousness underneath. The beings that had been masquerading around as animals were found to be much much worse. They might have been playacting to be civilized animals but the reality was abhorrently bad. When the masks were gone, we realized the torturers had been human.


Only the most unfortunate were alive at this instant in history. Could there be any doubt about their luckless nature if one looked at their accursed existence?


It was an epoch when nests were raided and the nestlings would never be safe. A false sense of optimism and security lay on the world like a thick heavy blanket. It seduced the birds to keep breeding, thinking their cygnets would be the only ones to be blessed. They never were; their fates had been anointed with humanity. There was no way those nestlings would remain unaffected.


It was a phase in human history when the Painbearers were taught their place. Untouched but still sullied, they plodded on. The chinks grew larger and each time, they glued the pieces back with hopelessness. Freedom was an illusion and the idea that they would ever be anything but the bearers of pain, a mirage.


It was an interval that had stopped being an interval a long time ago. It was like a pox-ridden Cronos but who refused to die.


In short, it was everyday o’clock.


Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on August 30, 2017.

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review 2016-09-30 22:42
Love that transcends time itself
The Gargoyle - Andrew Davidson

I know that there's a popular saying that you "shouldn't judge a book by its cover" but we all know that's a load of hooey because if we didn't care about covers then a large portion of the publishing industry would be out of a job. That being said, I totally picked up today's book because of its cover. In fact, it was the UK edition specifically that I coveted and so I ordered a used copy from overseas. It took me a few months to get to it but I truly wasn't expecting what it delivered. The book in question is The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson. (It's his debut novel.) If you can make it through the first quarter of the book without your jaw dropping or gasping out loud then you're doing well. Warning: If you're squeamish in any way then I must caution you that this book discusses injuries of a severe nature in explicit (and excruciating) detail. It starts with a bang (actually a crash) and the action crests and dips from there. It's the story of a man who finds love in a most unusual way. The story flips between present day and various other times in history (medieval for instance). Honestly, I haven't made up my mind whether or not I really liked this book. I certainly found myself gripped when I was reading it but I always hesitated before picking it back up again. I think a large part of that is the dearth of details which I mentioned before. It felt a bit like overkill much of the time. Also, I didn't feel much of a connection to the characters (except perhaps the psychiatrist at the hospital whose last name I couldn't even begin to pronounce). It's an intricately woven tale and extremely ambitious for a debut novel. Davidson clearly knows his history and I tend to think he must be a hopeless romantic. I'd say this was a 6.5/10 for me. 


It's slightly hard to tell from this photo but the edges of the pages are black and the cover gives the appearance of being singed. Foreshadowing, anyone?


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review 2015-03-03 20:30
Most of these are on Sribd...
Porn for the Working Woman - Cambridge Women's Pornography Cooperative

And I still need the humor.  


This one didn't work quite as well for me, but I still enjoyed it very much.   I think it's partly because the first one was realistic, optimistic, but things that aren't out of the realm of possibility. 


This felt like pure fantasy, which took out some of the satirical element.   (To me the sociological/satirical element was that a lot of the things in the original could, and  even arguably should, happen just out of consideration for the woman who's often left to fend for herself.   This totally went away from that concept.   The first felt funny because it was based on truth, whereas this felt more... whimsical.)


Anyway, there's still a lot of mirth to be found in this, so I'm only knocking off one star because I didn't think it held up to the first book. 

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text 2015-03-03 20:12
I'm at that point where I need humor...
Porn for Women - Cambridge Women's Pornography Cooperative,Susan Anderson

And this did it for me.   I thought the concept was clever from the first time I saw these books, and I still think it's a clever concept.   Yes, there are pictures of hot men, mostly fully clothed, but it's more of an intellectual type of porn: this is what women want.   To be treated as equals, to have their considerations taken into account.   Sometimes they don't want to watch the game, but would prefer to watch whatever they like.   (Figure skating is used here.)


Yes, it's clever, it's cheeky, and I still find myself chuckling when I read these.   

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review 2014-09-03 03:44
XXX: A Woman's Right to Pornography - Wendy McElroy

It is difficult for me to decide on a rating for this book. There were so many things I liked about it but also so many things I hated.

I really liked how McElroy distinguished various types of feminism (radical, liberal, individualist). Such distinctions are important to understand regarding any issue of gender/sexuality. Most of the critiques I have been met with in regards to feminism have opposed radical feminism, which is not representative of all types.

As many have already pointed out, this book is much outdated, having been published in the 90s. However many of the points made are still valid (stigma against sex work, morality laws, etc.) even with the rise of access to pornography through the Internet.

Within the book, I think there were a few flawed understandings of psychological research. In Chapter 4, McElroy offers a critique of radical feminist research on pornography. Many of the drawbacks she sees in the studies (researcher bias, validity of simulated results in a lab, etc.) are true of most research on social issues. Most likely such problems were addressed in the discussion section of the research article. While McElroy points out these issues, she offers no suggestions on how to improve research in order to find more comprehensive results.

At one point McElroy states that while a causal link cannot accurately be made between the rise of pornography and the rise of feminism, "such a connection seems reasonable to assume." (141). McElroy seems to ignore the differences causation and correlation and while she does state that cause and effect cannot be proven, her assumption shows her own bias.

Another time McElroy's arguments made me a little uncomfortable was when she suggested that sexual objectification is not a bad thing. She argued her point well, but I think she took her conclusion way too far.

My favorite part of the book was the focus on actual people in sex work. McElroy included interviews and surveys, which really helped humanized the women that were discussed. At one point she notes that criminalizing pornography would create an even more hostile environment for the real people involved in it. I enjoyed how human-focused some of the arguments were.

Overall, I think McElroy did a good job and on most points I agree with her. 

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