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It's a Jungle Out There: The Feminist Survival Guide to Politically Inhospitable Environments (vuoden 2008 painos)

Tekijä: Amanda Marcotte

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For all of you humming 'I Will Survive' while watching the political debacles gracing the evening news, when getting an earful from your Limbaugh-loving brother-in-law, or as you're ducking into the bathroom to avoid the date espousing the wisdom of those Mars versus Venus books, this book is for you. It's a Jungle Out There gives all you smart, independent women out there the funny pranks, witty comebacks, and stalwart sources of strength you need in these trying times. With her tongue firmly in cheek and her middle finger stuck straight up in the air, Amanda Marcotte (of Pandagon.net) takes you on a tour through the perils that await any feminist who must navigate day-to-day life in the U.S., from the abstinence-only classrooms to the glass-ceiling of the office world.Drawing on her personal experiences of dealing with anti-feminists-from her years of blogging about feminism and living in the woman-unfriendly state of Texas-Marcotte brings her wit and distinct lack of patience to the topic of surviving while feminist. She doles out priceless advice along the way on how not only survive but also thrive, and even how to carve out a space for your feminist self in these oft-times hostile environments.… (lisätietoja)
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Not being a teen or twenty-something woman living in the United States, I am not the target audience for this book. I guess my criticisms of the book all come out of that.

Overall, the book was a fun look at all the nonsense spewed out toward those who believe in the radical idea that women are people. Some of Marcotte's ideas were sound, many of them quite humorous, but she often tended toward the sarcastic and in your face approach. As someone who has always tended to be rather sarcastic myself, I have learned as I mature that it's not the best approach for winning people over to your point of view. I was hoping for a little more nuanced approach. I was also most interested in combating the more subtle forms of sexism--the "women have already achieved equality," the "I've never suffered from sexism," the "I'm not a feminist because you can't stick a label on me" crowd.

Still, between some over-the-top comments, and areas that don't influence my world (I don't exactly have to contend with purity balls or the Quiverfull movement), there are some real gems. Although I don't agree with everything Marcotte espouses, there is a lot of good information in this very readable book.

This was one of my favourite bits, maybe because I've longed to do something similar for years. It's under the chapter "Pranks to Pull on Anti-choicers" :

Get dressed in a suit or some other business wear and show up at an abortion clinic protest with a clipboard. Explain to people that you're from the Children's Bureau and you're here to sign all the volunteers up to adopt babies. Make it very clear that since there's already a waiting list for healthy white infants, they're going on the other adoption waiting list, for babies who aren't so easily snatched up by adoptive parents. Be chirpy about it: "the good news is that you won't have to wait for your new baby like the people on the other waiting list!" If people decline to sign, act genuinely confused. "But the Bureau told me you were here to convince women not to have abortions. What other reason would you have for getting into someone else's private business, if not because you want the babies?" If they continue to decline, pull out another clipboard and start filling our a receipt. "Well, we do have a backup plan for the care and feeding of the babies you insist should be born but don't want to raise yourself. How much should I put you down for? Before college tuition, raising one child for eighteen years will probably come in at $250,000. We'll also need to pay the mother for her time and pay the state for handling the baby, so tack on another $50,000. Will that be check or charge?"

Aaahh.

Why I Read This Now: I recently read an excellent essay by the author and was interested in what else she had to say.

Recommended for: the target audience---teen and twenty somethings living in the US. Others can get something out of it too, though.

Rating: if I were in the intended audience I'd rate this book higher, but for me it was a 3.5 star read. ( )
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For all of you humming 'I Will Survive' while watching the political debacles gracing the evening news, when getting an earful from your Limbaugh-loving brother-in-law, or as you're ducking into the bathroom to avoid the date espousing the wisdom of those Mars versus Venus books, this book is for you. It's a Jungle Out There gives all you smart, independent women out there the funny pranks, witty comebacks, and stalwart sources of strength you need in these trying times. With her tongue firmly in cheek and her middle finger stuck straight up in the air, Amanda Marcotte (of Pandagon.net) takes you on a tour through the perils that await any feminist who must navigate day-to-day life in the U.S., from the abstinence-only classrooms to the glass-ceiling of the office world.Drawing on her personal experiences of dealing with anti-feminists-from her years of blogging about feminism and living in the woman-unfriendly state of Texas-Marcotte brings her wit and distinct lack of patience to the topic of surviving while feminist. She doles out priceless advice along the way on how not only survive but also thrive, and even how to carve out a space for your feminist self in these oft-times hostile environments.

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