Book Corner: “Sex Object: A Memoir”

Title: Sex Object: A Memoir
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 224
Year: 2016
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Having reviewed ‘He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut’ and Why Have Kids?, I promised to review feminist author Jessica Valenti’s memoir. And, here we are! The title received some backlash after its initial publication, although I cannot quite understand why. Although provocative, many women are pulled into feminism after being on the receiving end of sexism that reduces them to sex objects. In my view, the criticism of the title demonstrates that people still don’t understand that fact. Continue reading

Book Corner: “Why Have Kids?”

Title: Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 246
Year: 2012
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I reviewed another Jessica Valenti book awhile back, and I am currently reading her memoir. She was one of the first feminist authors I came across, and I think she does a wonderful job of presenting complex ideas in an easy-to-understand but convincing manner. In Why Have Kids?, Valenti takes on one of the most pervasive cultural norms in modern society: the compulsion that many feel to have children. The book ends up being an astute, well-researched piece that stands against what manner consider to be “tradition.” Continue reading

Book Corner: “A Colony in a Nation”

Title: A Colony in a Nation
Author(s): Chris L. Hayes
Pages: 256
Year: 2017
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Chris Hayes has long been one of my favorite journalists, Twitter personalities, and political pundits. His first book, Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, was outstanding, and I was incredibly excited to sink my teeth into A Colony in a Nation. It did not disappoint. I will definitely be suggesting this for a book club next time it is my turn to choose the group’s assigned book. Continue reading

Book Corner: “A Brief History of Time”

Title: A Brief History of Time
Author(s): Stephen Hawking
Pages: 240
Year: 1988
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When Stephen Hawking died in early 2018, it was a truly tragic event. He not only was an brazen intellectual, but also was a symbol of resilience against the terminal disease ALS. A little after the fact, a friend in my book club recommended that we actually read his book. Not being too into science in school, I had my doubts; however after completing the book, I’m glad that I finished it. Continue reading

Book Corner: “The Resistance Handbook”

Title: The Resistance Handbook: 45 Ways to Fight Trump
Author(s): Markos Moulitsas & Huttner Michael
Pages: 216
Year: 2017
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As I was a fan of Markos Moulitsas’ past two books–Rules for Radicals in the Digital Age and American Taliban–I made sure to check this book out. The book is split into 45 chapters, an homage to Donald Trump being the forty-fifth president of the United States.  For all intents and purposes, this book is a primer for Trump-angered folks first dipping their feet into political activism. Continue reading

Book Corner: “The Age of Scientific Sexism”

Title: The Age of Scientific Sexism: How Evolutionary Psychology Promotes Gender Profiling and Fans the Battle of the Sexes
Author(s): Mari Ruti
Pages: 308
Year: 2015
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AgeOf-lqI have long been fascinated by the supposedly “scientific” arguments against feminism. People get so wrapped up in what they believe is the “scientific truth” of the sexes. In starting this book, I had fond memories of reading Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference by Cordelia Fine, an excellent book that I may reread and review here. However, where that book mostly analyzed the studies that modern misogynists use, Mari Ruti’s The Age of Scientific sexism focuses on contemporary, supposedly “scientific” analyses. Continue reading

Book Corner: “He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know”

Title: He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut, and 49 Other Double Standards Every Woman Should Know
Author(s): Jessica Valenti
Pages: 320
Year: 2009
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This is one of the very first feminist books I ever read. I learned about the author, Jessica Valenti, for her work on Feministing.com, one of the best known U.S.-based feminist blogs. The premise of the book is simple: it runs through 50 different double standards that adversely affect women.  Continue reading