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Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062887184
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Published: Harper Wave - September 15th, 2020

My eyes are now open to the contained and false nature of mythologies and tales about women since the beginning of written language, and how they have warped society's view of women, thanks to Elizabeth Lesser's thorough, truth-revealing book Cassandra Speaks. Why is Eve the embodiment of sin for eating the apple? Why is Pandora to blame for having and opening the box? What if women had been the storytellers of the centuries, and how would that have shaped the worldview on women and their place in the world?
We are all Cassandra, and we have been weighed down by countless male-authored tales that depict women as deceitful, sinning devils meant to be controlled and silenced. Partly a humble memoir, partly a social commentary, Lesser puts new spins on these stories of the past and looks forward to a future where women and men can be the kind of heroes that need not violence and domination to “win,” but instead love, compassion and communication. A great companion read for fans of Glennon Doyle’s Untamed--I guarantee you feel as if you’re breathing new, lightened air after the last page. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women by Kate Manne - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984826558
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Published: Crown - August 11th, 2020

A very difficult but absolutely necessary and powerful overview of the misogyny women are dealing with everyday. While admittedly a generalized and western hemisphere focused commentary, Manne does an excellent job of explaining some of the core issues the United States is suffering from as a society, specifically regarding misogynistic topics like Harvey Weinstein and the spark of the #MeToo movement, and the Brett Kavanugh hearings. There’s a lot of large pills to swallow in this book, and this is definitely a book to take your time reading because of this and the anger it will stir inside you, but I think it's important not only for women to read so they may awaken to the toxic masculinity all around them, but also men--specifically, men in politics--should read this so they can better understand how male entitlement is negatively affecting women and society, and to better govern and protect our rights. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters, and Binary Resisters by Robyn Ryle - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781492666943
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Published: Sourcebooks - March 5th, 2019

This book is unique for a non-fiction book. It approaches the reader as an “create-your-own-adventure” book. It takes the reader on a gender journey through life and ha smany different scenarios and outcomes. This could be a great introductory book to younger people who are just beginning to learn about gender and how it coincides with society. Even for someone who isn’t transgender or questioning, I still feel it could be a very fun read. Not to mention educational as well! ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Gender: Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say, and What to Do in the New Gender Culture by Lee Airton - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781507210703
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Published: Adams Media - June 11th, 2019

This book explains the experiences of the transgender community, from the perspective of someone who is transgender. Everything about this book just made me feel so accepted and welcomed in the community, gave me a warm feeling when reading it during the cold February winter while recovering from wisdom teeth surgery. Gender: Your Guide is a great resource for anyone questioning, anyone in the community who feels alone, anyone who knows someone in the community and wishes to support them, and is also non-binary friendly! ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316449885
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Published: Hachette Books - November 5th, 2019

I've been a stan for Lindy West since Shrill, her collection of essays that confronted and changed the way I thought about myself and other women. The Witches are Coming took a different approach - it challenged me not to change my thinking, but to dig in, articulate it, and own it.
Including my stance on pockets, on which West and I will never agree. Sorry Lindy. <3 you!! ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062868879
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Published: Harper Wave - May 28th, 2019

A book about feminism and language? Did somebody just call my wheelhouse?
What does it mean to be a woman who swears? Should you change your speech patterns to sound more assertive, or is that sexist? What do feminists and nonbinary people do in languages with gendered nouns? Why do so many of our curse words shoot from the male perspective? If you've ever wondered one of these questions, or if you're a feminist who speaks, this book is for you. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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