Covering a range of topics, including pop culture, health, reproductive rights, violence, education, relationships, and more, Valenti provides young women a primer on why feminism matters. Valenti knows better than anyone that young women need a smart-ass book that deals with real-life issues in a style they can relate to. No rehashing the same old issues. No belaboring where today’s young women have gone wrong. Feminism should be something young women feel comfortable with, something they can own. Full Frontal Feminism is sending out the message to readers yeah, you’re feminists, and that’s actually pretty frigging cool.
I have mixed feelings about this book, I’ve read her newest book The Purity Myth and I absolutely loved it. I think between the both of them, The Purity Myth is probably better developed, and better written. That said, I think based on the audience it’s written for, it’s a great introduction to feminism. It’s mostly written for young women, mostly teenagers, who know very very little about feminism. Because I already am involved in academic feminism, I see it to have less academic rigour than all the other books I’ve read. But it IS an introduction, and one that young women who have the mainstream view of feminism can relate to. It definitely isn’t the end-all be-all of feminism, but it’s a good starting point.
As far as feminist introductions go, if you can get a hold of it Reclaiming the F Word by Catherine Redfern and Kristen Aune is a pretty fantastic introduction which has a lot more information while still being accessible. I have bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody on my list of books to read, and I can do a comparison on all three once I have
- Fifty Things Feminism Has Done For You (blowingawaymylife.wordpress.com)
I’ve just finished the 4th Harry Potter book, and I’m liking the series more and more. The series continues to become more complicated, each book adding more layers to the story. This is something I love about the series which I loved before the books, the vastness of information when it is supposed to be a children’s book. Rowling does a great job to immerse you in the story and to constantly be learning more.
I don’t remember much about this film as I think I’ve only seen it in full once. I believe though I’ve caught the ending on television a few times so I remember the end the most. It seems there is so much the films stripped away to get to the bare bones of the story, which definitely makes the films less colourful, though a bit easier to digest I guess.
As I’ve finished Life of Pi, I’m starting a few more books with Harry Potter. The Harry Potter series is not on my Kindle, whereas I have many more on my Kindle so I mostly take that everywhere and read other things while traveling and such. That’s one reason why I’m reading multiple things at once. That and I like to choose.
The plot, if that’s the right word, concerns the oceanic wanderings of a lost boy, the young and eager Piscine Patel of the title (Pi). After a colourful and loving upbringing in gorgeously-hued India, the Muslim-Christian-animistic Pi sets off for a fresh start in Canada. His blissful voyage is rudely interrupted when his boat is scuppered halfway across the Pacific, and he is forced to rough it in a lifeboat with a hyena, a monkey, a whingeing zebra and a tiger called Richard. That would be bad enough, but from here on things get weirder: the animals start slaughtering each other in a veritable frenzy of allegorical bloodlust, until Richard the tiger and Pi are left alone to wander the wastes of ocean, with plenty of time to ponder their fate, the cruelty of the gods, the best way to handle storms and the various different recipes for oothappam, scrapple and coconut yam kootu.
The main point of the tale is to juxtapose his story of what happened and the other story he tells investigators who don’t know what to believe, with whether there is a god or not. He tells his story to investigators after he reaches safety and they do not believe him, prompting him to tell another story without animals. The point the author is poorly trying to make is that, basically, existence of god and non-existence of god are both equally inviable, but god is the more interesting story. Which obviously makes no sense. Firstly, god very most likely doesn’t exist, and second, whether he does or not science’s way of explaining the universe seems on a whole much more beautiful and fascinating. But I guess you’d have to really really love science in order to understand that.
But, even as an atheist, I did like the book. I really loved writing style of the book. As I love animals, the beginning, which might seem dry to some, was fascinating. Pi is a fascinating character, and the story in itself is quite good. It didn’t make me believe in God, obviously, and I didn’t appreciate the idea that it was supposed to. But when all is said and done, I was reading this for enjoyment and I did enjoy the tale. I can at least take it with a grain of salt.
I’ve just finished the third Harry Potter book. I’m beginning to think I started reading this a few years too late.The books are all enjoyable, but I guess being 21 makes it so that I cannot appreciate the books fully.
I’m mostly looking forward to reading the last two books. But first things first. As usual the character development is very good. Though I’d argue this is very much a plot-driven book rather than a character driven book. The plot is obviously very good, it seems like it’s where the Potter world gets a bit more complicated. I am excited to continue on with the series, as much as I say I should have read it when I was younger. I think I missed out on a lot. Especially since I already know the ending.
I’m also in the middle of reading The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I need some adult fiction to accompany my children’s fiction Really I just need to get back into non-fiction. I miss learning
To keep going with trying to catch up with the Harry Potter series, I read the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. As with the first one, I don’t know what exactly to say about it. It was more different from the film than the first one, which again I appreciated. I actually haven’t seen the second film in years, so there’s a lot of bits I didn’t even remember until now.
The character development of all the supporting characters is much better than in the films. I guess that’s what happens when you only have 3 hours to convey the actions of 350 pages.
Harry didn’t seem quite as unlikable this time. Though a commenter last book mentioned that although he might not be quite as likable in the first book, he was definitely more believable, which definitely is a good point.
I’m surprised I’m getting these done so quickly. I’ve had a lot of time this weekend. Since uni’s starting up again though I might not be able to finish them as quickly.