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Feminist Fridays: Saying no to a professor

Happy Feminist Friday! Today I'm going to talk about a bit of a controversial topic: saying no to a professor when you're assigned to read something uncomfortable.  As an English major I was assigned to read countless books. It's safe to say that I didn't enjoy all of them, for various reasons: some were a… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Saying no to a professor

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Feminist Fridays: In which I GUSH about EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE by Dolly Alderton

Has this Feminist Fridays feature just turned into me talking about memoirs written by women? Maybe. Am I apologizing for it? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Today's post is just going to be absolutely gushing about how much I adored Dolly Alderton's Everything I Know About Love. Published in 2018, this memoir covers everything from growing up in the suburbs to parties,… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: In which I GUSH about EVERYTHING I KNOW ABOUT LOVE by Dolly Alderton

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Feminist Fridays: Abbi Jacobson on women in the workplace, anxiety, and personal identity

I read Abbi Jacobson’s memoir I Might Regret This without knowing anything more about her other than what was in the biographical blurb on the back cover. One of my best friends read this book and then immediately recommended it to me and actually gave me her physical copy, which is how I knew she meant business. People… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Abbi Jacobson on women in the workplace, anxiety, and personal identity

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Feminist Fridays: 8 Empowering Quotes from Sonia Sotomayor

Happy Feminist Friday! Today I'm going to share 8 empowering quotes from Sonia Sotomayor's memoir My Beloved World. Barack Obama appointed Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in May 2009, making her the first Hispanic and Latina Justice. Born in the Bronx, New York City, Sotomayor was raised… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: 8 Empowering Quotes from Sonia Sotomayor

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Feminist Fridays: On the memoir of an abortion doctor

Instead of writing a book review of This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund, I wanted to highlight it in the context of a Feminist Friday post. The content and even existence of this book is so important, and I’m hoping framing my post about it in this way will drive that point home. This Common Secret is a… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: On the memoir of an abortion doctor

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Feminist Fridays: Masturbation Madness?

As I mentioned in my review of Roth's Goodbye, Columbus collection, I'm currently taking senior seminar that solely focuses on Philip Roth. A few weeks ago I was assigned to read his 1969 novel Portnoy's Complaint, and I have some thoughts.  Portnoy's Complaint is essentially one man's long tirade about sex to his therapist. He starts by recounting his early… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Masturbation Madness?

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Feminist Fridays: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

They say that timing is everything, and reading is no exception. Sometimes you read a book and acknowledge that you probably would have enjoyed it more if you had read it when you were older or younger, in a different mood, or at a different time of year. However, sometimes you read a book at… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Feminist Fridays: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I was thrilled that part of my postcolonial literature tutorial during my last term at Oxford was reading and writing about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Fifteen years after the publication of her debut novel Purple Hibiscus in 2003, Adichie continues to make headlines today. Not only is she known as a renowned Nigerian novelist, but she has also made… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Penguin Modern Classics: “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” by Wendell Berry

Although I had seen photos of the Penguin Modern Classics all over bookstagram (have you seen them? They're gorgeous!), I first heard about Wendell Berry's "Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer" specifically when Ariel Bissett recommended it in a video about social media. The two essays contained in this volume ("Why I Am Not… Continue reading Penguin Modern Classics: “Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer” by Wendell Berry

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Feminist Fridays: Postcolonial Literature & Tsitsi Dangarembga

First, I want to thank you all for being so receptive to my last Feminist Fridays post about postcolonial literature. I didn't expect there to be such resounding interest in this topic, but I'm so happy that there is! Today I'll be talking about a groundbreaking author who does not get nearly enough time in the spotlight as… Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Postcolonial Literature & Tsitsi Dangarembga