Book Review: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

by Cara December 6, 2011

Few find it surprising that Jim Crow arose following the collapse of slavery. The development is described in history books as regrettable but predictable given the virulent racism that gripped the South and the political dynamics of the time. What is remarkable is that hardly anyone seems to imagine that similar political dynamics may have [...]

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Book Review: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

by Cara January 5, 2011

ETA (8/29/2012): Rebecca Kumar’s open letter regarding this book is important to read and intellectually engage with. Most specifically, I agree that it is important for both Skloot and reviewers — particularly white reviewers, including myself — to acknowledge that the “creative non-fiction” in which the book traffics is not “entirely fact,” as I previously [...]

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Book Review: Promises I Can Keep

by Cara February 15, 2010

I’m the kind of person who hoards books, and finds difficulty getting the the time to read them all within what most people would consider to be an even remotely reasonable timeframe. While that’s something I’m working on getting under control, the consequence is that I’m also the kind of person, who, if she ever [...]

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So You Want To Be A Rock n Roll Star

by Cara November 22, 2007

[cross-posted from Femniste] About a month ago, I wrote a post about Guitar Hero III. The main gist was that as a big-time previous fan of the series, I was thoroughly unimpressed with the the changes that have been made to the game, which are quite misogynist, exploitative of women and completely insensitive to the [...]

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We Don’t Need Another Wave

by Cara October 20, 2007

I just finished reading We Don’t Need Another Wave: Dispatches From The Next Generation of Feminists, edited by Melody Berger. It is a collection of over 30 essays by young feminists talking about why feminism is still relevant today, how the movement is evolving and ways to work on new issues and methods. Of course, [...]

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The Girls Who Went Away by Ann Fessler

by Cara October 1, 2007

I just finished reading Ann Fessler’s The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade. From the title, it’s clear that this is a book about adoption. To me, it was about what happens when we don’t give women choices. “Girl who [...]

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A Question of Choice by Sarah Weddington

by Cara August 12, 2007

I recently finished reading A Question of Choice by Sarah Weddington. Sarah Weddington is one of the two lawyers who originally filed Roe v. Wade, and the woman who argued the case in front of the Supreme Court. Though the effort was certainly not hers entirely, we do owe her a huge debt of gratitude, [...]

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Small Victories Still Deserve to be Celebrated

by Cara July 24, 2007

Whoa, another crazy day today with my PP internship . . . I promise that I will work out a system very shortly for putting up posts in a timely manner on days when I’m interning. In the meantime, thanks for your patience. I’m going to reward it now with some (mostly) good news! Firstly, [...]

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The Awakening by Kate Chopin

by Cara July 13, 2007

When it comes to “classic” literature, I’m a tough sell. Without a doubt, I prefer modern literature because I prefer modern language and modern narrative styles. I find most of the classics to be over-rated, with the real strength being in theme and basic storyline, not the actual storytelling. I also have a lot of [...]

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Killing the Black Body

by Cara July 2, 2007

I just finished reading Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts for the Pandagon book club. Amanda’s thoughts on it are great and fairly comprehensive, so check them out, and go participate in the discussion if you’ve read the book yourself. I’m pretty sure that this book was on my wish list already, before it [...]

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