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#21 Elena

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Posted 19 January 2016 - 04:25 PM

My fave bookstore can order it for me so that's so nice of them:)

Anyway I want to read other books, just got into Dale Carnegie's How to win friends...

What books do you want to read? Oh and I will check with the city's county library if they have it or not.


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#22 jim

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Posted 28 January 2016 - 06:51 PM

I agree with equality. However, the first book Emma recommends is by Gloria Steinem.  Another feminist (Camile  Paglia), called Ms. Steinem's brand of feminism a "Blame men first mentality."  That's not the same thing as equality (although I don't like Ms. Paglia, either, so maybe that can be taken with a grain of salt).

 

But my problem is that I've seen Ms. Steinem interviewed live, she was asked what I feel was a fair question, that being, "Can you be a feminist and be pro-life?" She gave what I thought was a smart-aleck answer, basically saying, "You can be pro-life for your body, but not for anyone else."  Well, a pro-life person could say the same thing, they could say, "Well, you can be pro-choice for your body, but not for a developing baby's body".  But where does any of this playing with words get us?  

 

Honestly, I think there are many areas where people that consider themselves pro-life and people that are pro-choice feminists could work together.  Both would be against sex trafficking/date rape/population control, etc.  But in Steinem's view, you can't be a feminist if you aren't pro-choice.  

 

So I think it's disappointing that Emma posts a Gloria Steinem work as her first recommendation.  You're not going to broaden the base of feminists by basically alienating half of the population.  

 

I mean, I'm not one that's going to go around and protest a planned parenthood clinic with signs and such.  But at the same time, I've seen people trying to deal with the guilt from making a decision to have an abortion.  Of course it's forgivable  But the guilt is real.  Ms. Steinem may think that the guilt comes from society, but I don't think that's the case.  I think it's internal and real.  So, in my opinion, when you have someone that's promoting reproductive "rights" to the point of trivializing, what at the very least is a difficult situation, that's a terrible thing.  And to not be willing to work with any people that disagree, that's just beyond the pale.  

 

But that's just my opinion.  And there's nothing wrong with reading books (or watching interviews) from people that don't agree with one's opinion!   :)


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Posted 28 January 2016 - 07:17 PM

interesting point of view. I mean I saw this pic of gloria steinem wearing a tshirt saying ''i had an abortion''.

so I understand, but I cant hate a book or a person for that stuffs, it's just them.


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Posted 01 February 2016 - 01:04 AM

I agree. I'm opinion to others opinions for sure but I'd have to read it to develop my own.

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Posted 02 February 2016 - 12:55 PM

I will read it but i have beat emma to it and already had a reading list prepped before announcing january's book, so I have to finish what i have started.


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#26 Thessalie

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 07:35 PM

I read the second book 'The color purple', loved it. Really touching, mind opening, sometimes it was shocking to read about racism, rape, etc... made me feel angry at times, but this book is definitely truthful and brings hope.


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Posted 29 February 2016 - 11:20 AM

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#28 Thessalie

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Posted 02 March 2016 - 10:54 AM

Emma created a youtube channel for Our Shared Shelf, where she posted the full interview of Gloria Steinem.

 

 

I watched it yesterday (while correcting my studen't tests haha) that was really interesting. It gives me a new approach on some subjects (porn, why is feminism important among matters such as poverty, war, etc). It definitely gave me some answers and subjects to keep thinking about. I'm glad she did it.

 

I hope we'll have a similar talk with bell hooks and Alice Walker.


Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself. 

 

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#29 Brien Parker

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 05:02 PM

Specially for Emma Watson Fans..... Its Emma's Hottest and Cutest Video ever.... Hope you love it...... https://youtu.be/K4DcB6x3eN4



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Posted 26 March 2017 - 04:13 AM

I'm currently part of this book club




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