Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring Book Tag

Standard

1) How is Spring where you live?

I don’t notice the weather changes in Texas. It’s never how it’s supposed to be according to the seasons.

So far this year spring has been more like winter than winter was.
2) Most anticipated book release this Spring?
Not sure if this counts as spring but this book In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero comes out on May 3, 2016. I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a memoir written by an actress from Orange is the New Black, and she talks about being separated from her family when they got deported from the US when she was very young.
Now and Again
Coming out April 5th, this book seems like it could be great. A secretary takes evidence from her boss about a cover up that turns everything upside down for her, and the town she lives in.
3) Show us a book cover that makes you think of Spring.
A Perfect Season for Dreaming by Benjamin Alire Saenz
The Blind Contessa's New Machine
The Blind Contessa’s New Machine by Carey Wallace
4) Where are you going to read this Spring?
In my room, or at school. 
In my living room usually. I might try out going to the park a couple times.
5) Find a cover with the sun on it!
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
What Happened to Goodbye
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
6) What are your favorite Spring reads?
Holy Cow by David Duchovy. It’s a lighthearted read and I think it’s perfect to read in the spring.
Married with Zombies (Living with the Dead, #1)
Married with Zombies by Jesse Petersen. Spring is always associated with new life, and technically zombies are enjoying a second life.
7) Find a book with many different colors on it.
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi. Desperately want, though it’s not out yet. THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS.
Binge
Binge by Tyler Oakley
8) Whom do you tag?
People who hate spring because allergies are tedious.
Anyone who wants to do this.

Whores and Other Feminists edited by Jill Nagle – Book Review

Standard

“It’s no wonder that whore stigma attaches itself more viciously to women than to men, for in this society a sexually emancipated woman is threatening and despised; neither ‘slut’ nor ‘whore’ is a name most women want to wear. Sex workers cross this line, either proudly or not, for money, adventures, or rebellion.”

This is an informative, well-contributed, anthology with essays from various members of the sex industry. These people range from prostitutes, to strippers, to porn stars and porn writers, to sex phone operators, to dominatrixes, to peepshow workers. Each of them give their insight into the sex industry, and explain how their jobs contribute to their feminist perspectives.

The truth of the matter is, traditional feminism views many sex jobs as objectifying, and demeaning towards women. Such is that these sex workers, who feel empowered and confident in their jobs, feel excluded from the feminist category, despite their activist mindsets.

The stories from these women, and men, are really fascinating. Many of them acknowledge that not everyone in the sex industry is there willingly, and that not everyone who is in it willingly will enjoy it. For them, though, being a sex worker enhances their confidence and well being, and for some it even becomes liberating. I really enjoyed reading from these perspectives, as well as learning from this gray area of the world.

“It is antisex sentiment, or erotophobia, that leads to such a strong distinction between sex work and other types of work available to women on the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.”

My biggest complain is that not every essay mentions how feminism ties into the specific jobs these people are engaging in. Many of them simply explain what the job consists of, and leaves out the struggle of keeping the feminist label while being a sex worker. That’s something I would have liked to see throughout, but then again, some essays were just too short. Regardless, I highly enjoyed this collection. It’s even more interesting that it’s set in the 90’s, so there have obviously been some changes since then. I’m not sure if peepshow workers still exist.

I recommend this to fellow feminists, or anyone interested in feminism and the sex industry. It could be simple seeing these two things as complete paradoxes, but they do have strong connections, especially in an individual sense.

“Sex has historically been key to controlling women. The hatred of women began with the fear of our sexual power.”

Becoming Jane – Film Review

Standard

As a Jane Austen fan, I went into this film ready for another epic romance. I mean, sure, I know that Jane Austen’s real life was not like the beautiful romance novels she wrote, but I still hoped. And I was so wrong in hoping. This film caused me more pain than anything else.

Becoming Jane, starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy, follows the life of the legendary author Jane Austen. It is not an entirely accurate depiction of her real life (what is known of it). In the film, Jane struggles to prove her independence in a world where her only aspiration as a woman is to get married in order to stop being a burden to her parents. Jane wants to make a living off of her writing, though no one believes she’s capable of it. Then comes a beautiful boy, Tom Lefroy, to shake up Jane’s world. As it goes.

The story then follows Jane and Tom, in their seductive dance. Literally and figuratively.

Let me tell you. Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy had such strong chemistry, that I expected them to rip off each other’s clothes at any point. I’m not sure why I thought that was plausible, considering the many tight layers of clothes they’re constantly wearing in every shot. Anyway, Jane and Tom? Yeah, I was all over that ship. And of course that’s why they tortured me so much.

I believe the real Tom Lefroy did court the real Jane Austen, but then their financial differences made a marriage union impossible. This is a topic of which Jane has explored greatly in her novels. I was glad to see the variations of that expressed in this film.

Jane Austen is not the type of gal to marry for money, despite her family’s necessity. Although it’s obvious that Jane sympathized with those women who had no other choice. Fortunately, Jane was able to sell six of her novels, and after her death, gained the recognition she deserved for her talent.

And on a final note, I’d just like to show the beauties that were Jane and Tom throughout this beautiful, painful story.


I adored this film, but I would think twice before watching it again. I recommend it to anyone into Jane Austen’s novels, literature in general, or masochists.

My rating: 8.5/10

The Solutions to Never Having to Drive Again

Standard
The Solutions to Never Having to Drive Again

Solution #1
Pack up your bags and move to Chicago. Yes, you’ll need to find a new, high-paying job to be able to live decently, and you’ll be away from everyone you know, but the public transportation is great, and easily accessible. It’s not such a sacrifice, anyway. Who doesn’t love Chicago style pizza?

Solution #2
Hire your own personal driver. I’m sure if you put a listing on craigslist, you’ll find someone willing. There’s a chance you’ll end up with a serial killer, but there’s risks in everything.

Solution #3
Become a hermit. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t. Give up being an adult–there’s already too many of those. Work from home, or don’t work at all. Do all your shopping online. Find a sucker who will let you live off of them, and you won’t ever need to go outdoors ever again.

Solution #4
Get rid of all commercial vehicles. That seems like a lot of work, but nothing is impossible with enough determination. 

Solution #5
Buy a horse and a carriage. Cars will hate you on the highway, but at least you won’t be in one of them.