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Men Explain Things to Me – Book Review

Published Date: April 14, 2014

Publishing Co.: Haymarket Books

Pages: 130

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

The men who get it also understand that feminism is not a scheme to deprive men but a campaign to liberate us all.”

This collection of essays would be brilliant if the title and blurb portrayed what it was really about. Feminism, how far we’ve come and why there is still work to do. If that had been the entire intention, this would have been 5 out of 5 stars.

Unfortunately, what was billed to me was not what was received. I went into this looking for funny anecdotes of men with no clue, saying dumb things to women in their quest to seem intelligent. Every woman can relate and has her own stories about this exact subject. That happened twice in the beginning, while the rest dived into fighting the patriarchy. Which, do not get me wrong, I am down for, but I was looking for something more humorous.

“Finding ways to appreciate advances without embracing complacency is a delicate task.”

If I ignore what is lacking in humor, it is rich in information and it is a topic that should never leave anyone’s mind until there is equality. Therefore, I think this is an important read. However, I have a feeling that more people will pick this up for the same reason that I did and those people probably already understand that there is still work to be done. Meaning, the people that need to be reading it to get the message, most likely are not.

“Men explain things to me, still. And no man has ever apologized for explaining, wrongly, things that I know and they don’t.”

Milk and Honey – Book Review

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Published Date: November 4, 2014

Publishing Co.: Createspace

Pages: 204

Synopsis link to Goodreads here.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

She was a rose

In the hands of those

Who had no intention

Of keeping her”

It’s been awhile since I sat down and read any poetry and this reminded me of the beauty I was missing out on. A good poet speaks to the heart.

Not every poem is amazing and some are so short they are more like statements but, the message the author conveys is powerful. We need more of this in the world. More of women not judging but raising each other up. Of accepting yourself and loving yourself. Fighting against sexism. Standing united.

If you’re looking for fuel for your feminism, your political activism or an inspiration to be kind to one another, pick this up. You can read the whole thing in an hour and walk away with the motivation to make a difference in the world.