I was going to do this post for last week, I really was. It just… never happened? I’ll share these new Instagram favorites I have instead.
“Oh no, did I step on your fragile male ego? I really didn’t mean to but… Actually yes, yes I did. Completely intentional. Ass.”
“Not all men are rapists.
Some tell rape jokes.
Some protect rapists.
Some shame rape victims.
Some remain quiet.”
Also “Mansbebisar” (“man babies”), but that’s very text-based and all in Swedish.
Just a small note. I may have read this this morning, and (somewhat triumphantly?) told the boyfriend “Soon we don’t need men!”
The Endless Blog Challenge.
Woman crush Wednesday. Or is it too soon?
It is never too soon!
I’m (as usual) late to the party, but my woman crush of this week is Sarah Silverman. Her older stand-up never appealed to me (could be that I just didn’t get it), but now? Totally. I watched her special on Netflix, and really enjoyed it. Then she was the cover babe of the month for the latest Bust, and that just reinforced this for me.
I follow the instagram account called Bookish Harpy, and she’s doing a year of the women for her reading. One of the books that caught my eye was this one (because: pretty) :
And now I’m reading it, and HELL YES. This is awesome! I rarely write about books while I’m still reading them (there’s still a chance they’ll disappoint in the last third!!), but for this one I have no doubts. Buy/lend it – read it. It’s got teenage witches in it, and you know you love those.
The Endless Blog Challenge.
Feminist Friday. I’ve got something specific in mind: a book with a feminist theme that you really like, fiction or non-fiction.
This is a repeat – I’ve mentioned this book in the TTT posts as well, but it holds up. It’s called Egalia’s Daughters, and was written by Norwegian author Gerd Brantenberg in the 70:ies. Somehow it seems the English translation has gotten an addition to the title, and is called Egalia’s Daughters: A Satire of the Sexes.
Women are paid a pregnancy salary for being pregnant and giving birth, after which the man takes responsibility for raising the children (the woman already did the main task of actually creating life). There are no housewives, there are househusbands. No bras, but pras (well, not sure how that’s been translated into English. they have “bras for penises” that boys are encouraged to wear once they reach puberty, to protect their fragile man-parts).
It’s been a few years since I read this, so I honestly don’t remember that much details. I’ll do a re-read soon and revisit this though. What I do remember, is that it really made me realize how Swedish is male-oriented – the general “one” (as in “one could say”) is in Swedish “man”. But not in this book, here it’s “dam”.
So, as you may know, my reading challenge for this year included a gender aspect – reading at least 75% women. People (even my outspoken feminist colleague) react to this. The most common comment so far being “I don’t even think about that”. At which I want to say well, maybe that’s part of the problem? (but I don’t).
As you also might know, I’m currently reading Bad Feminist. This morning, I came across this section, about “women’s fiction” as a genre:
The first few chapters were a bit shallow and general to me, but I see now, that she was just luring people in, building up for the real stuff. Loving the book now!
What can I say, Lisa’s Endless Blog Challenge made this week happen when it comes to blog posts (I have the weirdest cold, feels like I can’t think).
This week’s favorites. Listing favorites; it doesn’t get old for me.
Look, I know we’re not “supposed” to like Ke$ha, and I’ve only heard this song once (listening to Release Radar on the way to work this morning), so I’m not sure how it’ll hold up. First listen – I like this remix (more than the original).
And yes, apparently I like everything Linnéa Olsson does.
And I’m reading this book (well, I’m reading like 4 books simultaneously), and it’s upsetting. It’s kind of related to my work, and how can you not question the ethics of the pharma/medical industry after reading this?
“Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine.”
Then this. If you, like my brothers and I, watched the Police Academy excessively as a kid (look, we saw the same VHS tapes over and over and over… again), the one of Bobcat Goldthwait should crack you up. And yes, still looking at too many videos of Seth MacFarlane.