Tag: feminism

How Not To Be a Boy Review

How Not To Be a BoyTitle: How Not To  Be a Boy

Author: Robert Webb

Genre: Memoir

Series: n/a

Goodreads Rating: 4.26/5

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Synopsis: Rules for being a man:
Don’t Cry; Love Sport; Play Rough; Drink Beer; Don’t Talk About Feelings

But Robert Webb has been wondering for some time now: are those rules actually any use? To anyone?

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh (in the Cambridge Footlights with David Mitchell), and from losing his beloved mother to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, How Not To Be a Boy explores the relationships that made Robert who he is as a man, the lessons we learn as sons and daughters, and the understanding that sometimes you aren’t the Luke Skywalker of your life – you’re actually Darth Vader.

How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

What I thought about the book:  I loved this! I have never wanted to reread a memoir but I will definitely be rereading this.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Robert Webb himself (best way to experience a memoir). His narration is wonderful and the audiobook features a very entertaining and interesting interview at the end about some topics raised in the book.

It leaves you with so much to think about concerning gender and stereotyping while still being very entertaining.

“The great thing about refusing to feel feelings is that, once you’ve denied them, you don’t have to take responsibility for them. Your feelings will be someone else’s problem – your mother’s problem, your girlfriend’s problem, your wife’s problem. If it has to come out at all, let it come out as anger. You’re allowed to be angry. It’s boyish and man-like to be angry.”
― Robert Webb, How Not To Be a Boy

My Rating: 5 star review

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Synopsis from Goodreads. Photos from my Instagram @elainehowlin_

Fempowerathon TBR

Fempowerathon is a readathon during the 19th – 26th March 2017 created by TayliciousReads and NicoleCraswell. Watch the announcement video here.
The goal is to read several female-centric books in one week. There are a few tasks/challenges to help you pick books.

I thought this was a fantastic idea for a readathon and had to join in. Great job ladies!

The Challenges:
– a woman in a position of power
– a woman of colour
– an LGBT+ woman
– prominent sister relationship
– a woman with a mental illness
– an own voices novel
– not set in the western world
– a graphic novel by a female

My Picks:
Far from the Madding Crowd Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

The Complete Persepolis The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Color Purple The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
Tipping the Velvet Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Macbeth Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Atonement Atonement by Ian McEwan
Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

22738563Title: We Should All Be Feminists
 
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
 
Genre: Feminism
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.49/5
 
 
Synopsis: What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

 
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What I thought about the book:
Everyone should read this! EVERYONE!
Especially anyone who isn’t sure what a feminist is or thinks that all feminists hate men. This book is for everyone!
 
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My Rating:
5 paws

The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler

567524Title: The Vagina Monologues
 
Author: Eve Ensler
 
Genre: Feminism
 
Series: n/a
 
Goodreads Rating: 3.86/5
 
 
Synopsis: “I was worried about vaginas. I was worried about what we think about vaginas, and even more worried that we don’t think about them. . . . So I decided to talk to women about their vaginas, to do vagina interviews, which became vagina monologues. I talked with over two hundred women. I talked to old women, young women, married women, single women, lesbians, college professors, actors, corporate professionals, sex workers, African American women, Hispanic women, Asian American women, Native American women, Caucasian women, Jewish women. At first women were reluctant to talk. They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn’t stop them.”

So begins Eve Ensler’s hilarious, eye-opening tour into the last frontier, the forbidden zone at the heart of every woman. Adapted from the award-winning one-woman show that’s rocked audiences around the world, this groundbreaking book gives voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, and thoroughly human stories, transforming the question mark hovering over the female anatomy into a permanent victory sign. With laughter and compassion, Ensler transports her audiences to a world we’ve never dared to know, guaranteeing that no one who reads The Vagina Monologues will ever look at a woman’s body the same way again.

 
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What I thought about the book: I listened to the audiobook of this. 
It was way more entertaining than I expected it to be! I loved it! I recommend everyone to listen to this.
Some of the stories will amaze you and some will make your heart ache but you will mostly laugh and rejoice the fact that this collection exists.
 
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My Rating:
5 paws

The Trouble with Women Review

29534432Title: The Trouble with Women
 
Author: Jacky Fleming
 
Genre: Graphic Novel/Feminism
 
Goodreads Rating: 4.26/5
 
 
Why I read this: I joined NetGalley last night and this book caught my eye it the Read Now section.
 
Synopsis:
CAN WOMEN BE GENIUSES? OR ARE THEIR ARMS TOO SHORT?
WHY DID WE ONLY LEARN ABOUT THREE WOMEN AT SCHOOL?
WHAT WERE ALL THE OTHERS DOING?The Trouble With Women does for girls what 1066 and All That did for boys: it reminds us of what we were taught about women in history lessons at school, which is to say, not a lot. A brilliantly witty book of cartoons, it reveals some of our greatest thinkers’ baffling theories about women. We learn that even Charles Darwin, long celebrated for his open, objective scientific mind, believed that women would never achieve anything important, because of their smaller brains.Get ready to laugh, wince and rescue forgotten women from the ‘dustbin of history’, whilst keeping a close eye out for tell-tale ‘genius hair’. You will never look at history in the same way again.

What I thought about the book:
The book is entertaining and funny but a bit repetitive.
 
My Rating:
3 paws