Archive | January 2012

7 of 52 – Full Frontal Feminism

Cover of "Full Frontal Feminism: A Young ...

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While reading all the Harry Potter books, I have also been reading Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti.

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 🙂

6 of 52 – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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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.