Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

Review: I’d had Headscarves and Hymens on my TBR for a really long time. The title just sounded like something I had to read. It just calls right out the things that need to be talked about within the communities and cultures of the Middle East. It also calls out what the rest of us can do in support. It can be complicated to try to … Continue reading Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution by Mona Eltahawy

the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace

Review:  While the princess saves herself in this one was good, it was nothing like this. This one hit me like a ton of bricks. I reread it three times that day and keep it close. As before, much of the imagery comes from the fairy tales it got it’s name from, but there’s just so much more this time. It’s not just that it’s … Continue reading the witch doesn’t burn in this one by amanda lovelace

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

Review:  I have to admit that the title is what initially caught my attention, as I’m sure it was intended to do. The New Jim Crow presents a compelling case for how the war on drugs, among others things, has created an undercaste in the United States. It sounds a little crazy at first but when you stop and think about it, if you’ve ever had … Continue reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

TTT: Ten Top Books I Could Reread Forever

These ten books are not just books that I could reread forever but that I definitely should reread periodically, if not yearly. Most of them have appeared on other TTT posts of mine or lists of other sorts. Some of them were a part of first introducing me to their subjects and others helped refine my arguments. A few I only read last year and … Continue reading TTT: Ten Top Books I Could Reread Forever

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Review: A memoir of the body is a really interesting idea. Honestly, it makes me want to write a post or series that does the same thing. I haven’t had the same experiences with my body that Gay has, but there are so many ways for the female body to break. In Hunger, Gay begins with a specific kind of break that is more common … Continue reading Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay

Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Review:  I am totally amazed by this book. At time it reads like a memoir because Lloyd recounts her own experience of commercial sexual exploitation, but it is very much an argument to be made against both the sex industry and the way we handle those in it. It brings about many important questions about our society and it’s treatment of girls. If a girl … Continue reading Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd

Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman

Review: First of all, let me just point out that where the title says “Today’s Feminism” they are not actually talking about today. They are talking about 2002, when it was originally published. I had originally thought it was a recent book, mostly because I wasn’t paying adequate attention to it and had fallen absolutely in love with the title. So, this is very much … Continue reading Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism edited by Daisy Hernandez and Bushra Rehman

Glass ceilings, cliffs, and basements

Just in case anyone uncertain about these terms, these “glass” structures are the invisible, barely perceptible, seemingly immovable structures that keep people from reaching their full potential in the job market or public sector. Last year, Hillary Clinton was pushed hard off the glass cliff that is the US presidency and we ended up with our current president, despite the glaring difference between the electoral … Continue reading Glass ceilings, cliffs, and basements

Free will, self determination, identity politics, and God

The idea of these four things or concepts don’t always seem to go together but between a sermon I heard the other day and knowing a little about what’s going on in my denomination of Christianity and this project to read and blog through the whole Bible, I’m feeling a little lost. I’ve been trying to talk about next steps here and there and where … Continue reading Free will, self determination, identity politics, and God

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti

Review:  Sex Object is not at all the book I thought it was going to be but I’m not entirely sure what I expected either. I had read Valenti’s book Full Frontal Feminism a while back and had a sense of her style of feminism and that how she feels about the way women relate to men. Of course, not all feminism is about men but they … Continue reading Sex Object by Jessica Valenti