by Jarrah Hodge
Here’s what I’ve been reading since my last book list post in January:
1. Missed Her by Ivan E. Coyote
If you’re in the Vancouver area consider checking out Feminist Book Club, an open and friendly group that meets monthly at local cafes and bookshops. This book was our selection for March – the first month I attended. Like the other book clubbers, I found Missed Her really moving and helpful in better understanding the barriers queer people face at various stages of life. We all found Ivan’s personal narratives the most resonant, but were unsure about whether this collection of stories and columns in particular appeals as much to the current younger generation of feminists and queer activists. That’s part of the reason I was happy to see Coyote’s call for queer and trans youth to audition to perform at an upcoming Vancouver book launch. Sounds like a cool event.
2. Cinderella Ate My Daughter by Peggy Orenstein
Orenstein’s indictment of the rise of pink, pretty, princess culture for little girls created a lot of buzz last year and got rave reviews across the feminist blogosphere, so I was really happy to receive it as a Christmas present. Orenstein’s narrative and interesting interviews with people behind princess marketing at Disney and other major companies make a strong case that the “girlie-girl” culture American girls are growing up in hurts their body image, independence, and self-esteem and makes it more difficult than ever to escape from the virgin/whore dichotomy when they hit puberty. But I had a reservation or two about specifics of Cinderella Ate My Daughter. Read more