February 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm (birth control, Books, feminism, male privilege, ovaries)

Another book I read on holidays over Christmas.

This book is horrifying in its detail on what women went through before abortion was legalised.  The mindset described in these stories should convince anyone of the need for both legal abortion and easy access to contraception.  Next time a politician starts mouthing off about things they have no idea about, send them a copy of this book.

And the most glaring aspect of the book to me was the huge role men play, whilst actually playing a relatively minor part when it counts.  By this I mean, you have men donating their sperm throughout the book to create the unwanted pregnancies, the doctors performing the illegal abortions for extortionate amounts of money are men, the police officers etc etc.  Men play big parts in the stories, but they are irrelevant to the actual decisions and heartbreak the women go through in most of the stories, though not all.

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February 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm (birth control, Books, feminism, ovaries)

This is a good book.  Go buy it.

It contains some ideas that shouldn’t be classed as ‘radical’ but are in this society.  Simple things that opened my eyes to a world of possibilities.

After reading it, I’ve decided to give my body a go at no hormonal birth control for awhile.  Given my recent battles in this area (here and here), I’m sure there will be side effects.  But so far it seems to be ok.  My period pain is lessening and is becoming bearable, so I’m giving it a go without the painkillers too.  This is revolutionary for me.  I use painkillers for absolutely everything and worship at the altar of pharmaceutical companies.

inga muscio’s ideas on how to deal with rapists are also worth some thought.  Absolutely awesome.  As are the business ideas in the book.

Anyone else read it?  No one in my offline life has read it except Nigel.  He decided to read it after I’d finished and I’m impressed with the speed he’s picked up some ideas.  He’s now moved on to Female Chauvinist Pigs, so my turn to read that has to wait til he’s finished.

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Terry Pratchett Breaks My Heart

September 30, 2008 at 12:37 pm (Books, ethical buying choices, exploitation, feminism) (, )

Making Money is not the best Discworld novel I’ve ever read. But it is good. better than most novels out there. Until you get to this bit:

“Yes, I suppose all he can do is ogle the young ladies.” There was some sniggering from the students.
“So? They’re paid to be ogled at,” said Moist. “They are professional oglees. It’s an ogling establishment. For oglers.”

REALLY Pratchett?! It’s ok to objectify women as long as they’re paid for it? It’s ok to force an entire half of the population (more than actually) to be objectified and degraded and to have some of that half be put in a position where the best option they have is to wrap a bikini clad body around a pole for money?

Your lack of insight saddens me. You’ve created an entire world full of strong female characters, weak female characters, strong male ones and weak male ones. There were angles to all of them and your books are brilliant. But I doubt I’ll be paying for them from this point on. As with Ryanair, the cost is too high.

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