Sex Trouble by Robert Stacy McCain

I loved this book, but then again, I’ve been reading the author’s blog for a few years now. This book examines the writings of prominent feminists from the past and the present. Stacy proves that the current form of feminism has its roots in a deep hatred of men (and that a great deal of these feminists are all lesbians) by quoting the feminists themselves. Today’s feminism is strongly influenced by the man-hating feminists of yesteryear (so to speak) and that this ideology is still being taught in Women’s Studies classes today.

It’s really short, though. I think Stacy is going to publish another book with more material. This book, however, is still pretty good and a quick read. There are also a lot of quotes from feminists, and they all come across as completely crazy.

The feminists over at Celebitchy need to read this book so that they understand why people like Shailene Woodley (and she’s an idiot, by the way) think that feminism is nothing more than man-hating. I mean, how could one reach any other conclusion after reading the crap written by the likes of Andrea Dworkin?

I see that a couple of social justice warriors already posted negative reviews of this book, and of course, those reviews are nothing but baseless insults – no real discussion.

(I originally posted this at the book’s Amazon page, under the name dom0-kun.  I know the name is weird.)

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me

 

I should be ashamed of myself.  Not only did I read the (bad) reviews before reading the book, I read reviews AFTER reading the book and have (almost) nothing original to say about it!  In fact, I AM ashamed of myself, but I wanted to write about it anyway.

By the way, I read this back in January, and wrote the first draft of this review way back then.

Brief summary of the book can be found on Good Reads.  I will copy and paste the first paragraph:

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The review is kind of spoiler-ish…

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Faking Faith by Josie Bloss

I read this in an afternoon.  I was bored and had nothing better to do.

This girl named Dylan Mahoney ends up dating one of the most popular boys in school after her two friends tell her that he’s a player who will just use her.  Turns out her friends were right.  She spies him cheating on her and she gets revenge by smashing up his car.  He retaliates by sending the topless pics she sent to him to everyone in school.  From then on, she’s the school pariah – a crazy golf club wielding slut (she used his golf clubs to smash the windshield or whatever).

In her loneliness she finds the blogs of these Christian fundamentalist girls who honestly sound more like the Amish, but with computers and electricity.  She and her family are far from religious (including a speech by her father about how he doens’t mind those crazies as long as they don’t push their sky god beliefs on him), and that makes these girl bloggers even more interesting to Dylan.  She admires one girl in particular – Abigail Dean, the Queen Bee of the Christian bloggers.  Dylan eventually sets up a fake blog and persona named Faith, and it is Faith and Abigail who become friends to the point that Dylan/Faith travels to rural Illinois to spend two weeks with the Dean family.

Currently Reading: Dear Bully

I have decided that I simply must write something about the book (well, one of many) I am currently reading. It is called Dear Bully and it’s a collection of essays written by various young adult authors. The forward was written by Ellen Hopkins and, predictably, she blames this culture of bullying on conservative pundits (but never mentions them by name nor does she even mention the word “conservative”) and people concerned about Muslim terrorism.

I was not surprised. As I and any other informed conservative knows, 98% of the people working in the entertainment industry are liberals.

That being said, I am not happy about this. This collection of essays is pure propaganda aimed at demonizing conservatives by blaming them for something that’s been happening since the beginning of time. Not everybody can or will get along with one another. That’s on a variety of levels – kids fighting over toys, parents disagreeing on how to discipline their kids, people disliking a coworker all the way up to war. I don’t approve of bullying but I am not about to act as if this is a new phenomenon simply because a handful of allegedly gay teenagers killed themselves this year.

I was bullied too. Bullied for being fat and introverted. I admit that I could have handled it better. I was an asshole back in high school because I was bullied. I tried to fight back. Wish I had tried harder. Oh well. Anyway, I think these kids should be allowed to fight back. Sadly, they get into trouble if they do.

Oh, and what about bullying on the part of prominent liberals? There’s the nasty character assasination of beauty pageant contestant Carrie Prejean over her answer to a question regarding “gay marriage” and there’s the media’s vicious attacks on the entire Palin family, including little Trig, who has Down’s Syndrome. Then there’s the juvenile Google bombing of Rick Santorum thanks to that raging hypocrite Dan Savage (who also stated that he wanted to rape Santorum…and liberals are supposed to be the smart, enlightened, compassionate ones…nothing is more compassionate than anal rape, amirite?) and now we have the “Uncle Tom” slurs directed towards Herman Cain (I am reading his latest too). None of these people deserved the vitriol thrown their way, not even if they’re in “positions of power”, which is how one random liberal defended the Google bombing of Santorum. As far as I’m concerned, it’s still bullying. It also sets a bad example – that it’s okay to act this way towards someone you disagree with. Debate and discussion is fine, but insults and threats are not.

Plus, you want to talk about incendiary pundits? Let’s talk about the vicious things said by Mike Malloy, Montel Williams and Randi Rhodes. I might elaborate on these miscreants later, but check them out at the Media Research Center if you want to know more.

There’s a lot more I can say, but it’s late. I am tired and I have work to do tomorrow. If there are any misspellings it’s due to the fact that I am typing this on my iPad’s on-screen keyboard.

The Keening by A. LaFaye

 

This was an interesting but kind of sad ghost story.  It is also one of my favorite kinds of ghost stories – the ones where the ghosts all gravitate towards one person (usually one person who can see them and communicate with them) whom they need to pass on a message to those they left behind.  I’ve always been interested in the afterlife, if one exists.
Liza Layton loses her mother to influenza, and it’s up to her to ensure that her father is taken care of.  He’s a very talented but eccentric carver and spends most of his time carving – so much that his in-laws want to have him committed to a work farm called Elysian Fields.  Lyza must overcome her fears to get him the help he needs.
When it comes to ghosts and the afterlife, there isn’t anything here terribly groundbreaking.  It’s pretty standard – person starts seeing ghosts, ghosts need person to pass on messages to the living so they can move on, person lives in fear of going crazy and being institutionalized.
That being said, I really liked it.  The author says that the story came to her in a dream, so the story was written with a dreamlike quality and I have to agree – the story does have a dreamlike quality to it.  I kept picturing Lyza’s house with an overcast sky and fog surrounding it.  That’s dreamlike to me, anyway.
I think this book was originally released in 2009, but was re-released in April 2011.  I was able to read this thanks to NetGalley.