This book took a while to read, completely worth the time.
Clothing – pockets or no? My pet peeve has very little page space in this book, but it -is- pretty close to the beginning. Not such a news flash: The world is easier for right-handed people than for lefties. The world is easier for middle-sized people than for very tall or very short people. The … More Defined by Design: The Surprising Power of Hidden Gender, Age, and Body Bias in Everyday Products and Places by Kathryn H. Anthony
Everyone should read this book. Google is great, and cell phones are great, and instant everything is great, so where’s the catch? Loss of persistence and perseverance. Not wanting to put time into learning something hard. Not wanting to fail, and thinking that insta-win is the only non-failing option. Not learning how to looking for … More Teaching Kids to Think: Raising Confident, Independent, and Thoughtful Children in an Age of Instant Gratification by Darlene Sweetland
Daughter put on her jacket. SHRIEK. Me: What? Her: Points. Shiny bug on floor. “That fell out of my jacket! I’m not wearing my jacket! AAAAAHHHHH” I never saw anyone so happy to leave the house and go to school. Me: gently put scrap of paper on (dead? alive?) bug. Drop book on paper on … More AltUse for a Book
“Just one incident.” “Not really worth complaining about.” “It’s just me, isn’t it?” Sadly, there’s almost nothing new in here. Putting it all in one place, though, is really shocking. Solnit talks about ways that men silence women, from talking over them to making htem legal non-persons upon marriage, to ‘mansplaining’, to sexual harassment, to … More Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit
What lovely, lovely prose. About 2 chapters in, I thought the poetry of words sounded familiar, and indeed Kij Johnson wrote this most excellent debut novel: The Fox Woman and this excellent short: Ponies. Opening scene: Women’s college, a student has run off with a boy. But not just any boy, he’s a Dreamer and … More The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson
My hometown was freezing… so what better than to read a voyage through the frozen North? Couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t getting into it until someone looked at a pic of ‘the girlfriend.’ I’ve gotten used to books where women take an active role, not staying home to be ‘the girlfriend.’ Oh. So that’s … More Farthest North by Fridtjof Nansen