Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Superb. The reason I call it femism-lite is that much of is based on anecdotal evidence provided by the author. She takes a trip to a Miley Cyrcus concert and speaks of her own experiences raising her daughter. However, this makes the book (and the author's spot-on message) accessible to a much wider audience. It's not bogged down with heavy theory and research, which is suitable for what the book is trying to accomplish.
I couldn't put it down. Because it is so accessible, you can breeze right through it. It's not a very long book, but it certainly packs a punch. It made me deeply consider long-held ideas about being a woman and raising children, especially daughters. And it did so in a compulsively readable manner. The fact that much of the book is anecdotal really lends it to fast reading, but the theory and thought behind those anecdotes still comes through. I think this is a great introduction to some feminist theories for those who, like me, aren't ready for deep textbook-style theory.
This one gets a strong recommendation from me. I think any parent of a daughter should read it, as well as anyone who is interested in a starting out point for basic gender ideas. It'll definitely make you think. It's inspired some discussion among the girls on my book club, especially related to marketing for young girls. A particular example that we've been discussing is that of the new girl-themed Legos. When I was little, we were Lego-crazed. All of our Legos looked the same and were packaged the same. But now there are "girl" Legos, packaged in lavender boxes and with less building/more accessories. I can't even begin to tell you how frustrated I was so see these in the store. This is exactly the kind of issue examined in the book - it's a must-read!
Posted by Julie G at 9:28 PM