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Mary Beard’s Women and Power is a slim volume comprising two of her most famous lectures about the roots of sexism and misogyny from ancient times until now. This little tome has been called “a modern feminist classic,” befitting Beard, a scholar of the Greeks and Romans who has also become something of a social media sensation in Britain. The book begins with the story of Telemachus trying to forcefully silence his mother, Penelope, and moves on to other historical precedents for attitudes and biases against women that persist today. Beard’s smart, lively, and persuasive case for women raising their voices (and fists) offers an intellectual and historical foundation for the women’s resistance, from marches, to #MeToo, to the droves of female candidates running for political office this year. Onward!

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ISBN: 9781631494758
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Published: Liveright - December 12th, 2017

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What is funny about an elective mastectomy? Everything, as it turns out, in this heartwarming memoir from the fearless and, dare I say, *perky* standup comedian Caitlin Brodnick. At age 28, Brodnick chose to have a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation. Sharing every aspect of her journey – from giving up her nipples, to winning an Emmy for the docuseries produced by Glamour to chronicle her surgery – DANGEROUS BOOBIES is a bold and surprising delight from a writer the Washington Post called “part advocate, part comedian, and part the girl you want to sit next to on the airplane.”

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By Caitlin Brodnick, Rachel Bloom (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781580056755
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Seal Press - September 12th, 2017

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The feminists Crispin reveres are the radicals currently out of favor—Andrea Dworkin, Shulamith Firestone—and “our great weirdos,” the true individualists like Emily Dickinson and Simone Weil, who reimagined society in difficult and intriguing ways—and made people uncomfortable in the process. Feminism now, Crispin passionately argues, is all too comfortable. It’s too firmly invested in the consumer culture to break out of it and create something else. Feminism has become a lifestyle, not a world-changer—it’s just “another thing to buy.” And what it buys into is the same old patriarchal culture whose values of money and power are also successful women’s markers of achievement. But what, Crispin asks, is all that “empowerment” and “girl power” for? She wants feminism to be about more than self-help. Whether or not you agree with her on every point, Crispin’s blunt, uncompromising manifesto is just the kind of galvanizing call-to-action we need right now.

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ISBN: 9781612196015
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Published: Melville House - February 21st, 2017