✨Review✨ Women Don’t Owe You Pretty ~ Florence Given Okay

✨Review✨ Women Don’t Owe You Pretty ~ Florence Given Okay

11/3/2021, 9:01:32 AM
✨Review✨ Women Don’t Owe You Pretty ~ Florence Given Okay, I’ve been too scared to review this after seeing all the hype. But after reading Nicky’s review from @twogirlsonebookshelf I realised I’m not alone in my thoughts. I maybe needed this book as a 17 year old, at 26 nothing seemed new and I felt like I was being told off for not being feminist enough. I’m trying to be more intersectional with my feminism and even though Given tries this, she is still a white cis female. I’m really sick of hearing mostly my own experiences parroted back at me. If anyone has any intersectional texts please leave them in the comments! Interspersed between the chapters are illustrations that are certainly eye catching and the quality of the book itself (ie hardcover, thick paper) are unfortunately where my love for it ends. There were a couple of chapters that were thought-provoking, mainly the one around boundaries. I initially thought I would recommend it to an upper teen audience, but after a few weeks of thinking about it I’m not sure I would. I think it’s a good start for someone in their feminist journey to get them started with concepts, but I think there are certainly better toned texts out there. One thing I think we need to be clearer on in society is that as long as your feminism isn’t hurting anyone and inclusive to all (looking at you JKR) there really isn’t a right or wrong way to be feminist. I kind of got a ‘my way or the highway’ tone from Given and as Amy Poehler says; good for her, not for me. I’ve reflected on my thoughts around this and wondered if it is internalised misogyny but I’ve come to the conclusion that I admire that Given is comfortable within herself, is so strong in her feminism, identity, and giving a younger audience a starting point. The issue I have is repackaging the same feminist thoughts as the third and fourth wave into a book, with this tone and it being marketed as radical 🤷🏼‍♀️ I’m definitely too old for this one, and definitely in the minority for not loving it but isn’t the great thing about reading that we can all read the same thing and have differing opinions! TW are provided, but there is mentions of sexual assault

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