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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby Baker » 11 Feb 2015, 06:22

The first one is still on my to-read list. I don't suppose we can call it a to-read pile now that we're reading a lot of ebooks. On our to-read shelf?
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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby wildlx » 12 Feb 2015, 11:58

To read folder?
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Postby Baker » 13 Feb 2015, 06:32

Better. :-)
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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby wildlx » 20 Apr 2015, 04:14

#4.The Mind Has No Sex?: Women in the Origins of Modern Science by Londa Schiebinger: 4stars
An important book for anyone interested in the history of women and science. The book clearly shows clearly how science was (is) used to serve misogyny. Schiebinger shows how women while put aside from the universities, were still able to do science either because of class (aristocrats) as it happened in the informal salons that proliferated in seventeenth-century Paris, or because they were wives from guild-related jobs, the latter explaining the high number of women involved in astronomy in Germany. I found very interesting the convoluted way that science was used after the French revolution to counterbalance the idea of equality. I was surprised that the complementary theory of sexes was only born in the late 18th century as a self-reinforcing system to render invisible the inequality between men and women .

#5.The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths: 3stars
This book is from an ongoing crime series. It started well, but it didn't deliver. I was looking for a light reading and it fitted the purpose.
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Re: Wildlx readings

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#6.Pornography: men possessing women by Andrea Dworkin: 5stars
I really recommend this book. The best Dworkin I've read so far.
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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby Baker » 16 May 2015, 08:49

I'll add that to my to-read list, then. :-)

BTW I still haven't managed to find that biography of Sylvia Pankhurst. Sorry.
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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby wildlx » 17 May 2015, 21:40

No worries. I got my hands in an Emmeline Pankhurst bio in pdf. Are you interested?
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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby wildlx » 15 Jun 2015, 09:33

#7.Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman: 3+stars
Nice book but I found the writing a bit dated. Yet, the sexism depicted is still very evident (Tim Hunt?) nowadays. Considering this book was published in 1915 it's a bit depressing.

#8.Shell Game by Carol O'Connell: 2stars
This book is from an ongoing crime series. It is by far the one I liked less and quite a disappointment considering the precious book was quite good. The story involves magicians, and even considering that some of the tricks kept me interested, in the middle of the book I found myself slogging through the book with no plot to keep me interested.
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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby Baker » 18 Jun 2015, 08:51

Yes, Herland is a product of its time, but depressingly much of it remains relevant--a century later.
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Re: Wildlx readings

Postby Proofrdr » 29 Jun 2015, 00:52

Gilman's style is dated but, as you say, her works unfortunately still resonate the truth of our struggle to be equal. Same goes for Kate Chopin's work, but I think her writing is smoother and more powerful than Gilman's.

Gilman went to the Rhode Island School of Design and, while she was here, lived in a lovely Victorian home on Charles Street in Providence. When I attended Brown University, that home had been acquired by the university and housed the English Department. Seminars were held in the dining room with its long mahogany table. I had several classes in that room, one of which included works by Gilman. The location was a little eerie, but very fitting.
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