Nights at the Circus

By Angela Carter

Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted through the Prince of Wales, painted by way of Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, superstar of Colonel Kearney's circus. She can also be half girl, half swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to find Fevvers's actual id: Is she half swan or all pretend? Dazzled through his love for Fevvers, and determined for the inside track of an entire life, Walser joins the circus on its journey. the adventure takes him—and the reader—on an intoxicating journey via turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia—a travel so magical that simply Angela Carter can have created it.

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I Am Not a Slut: Slut-Shaming in the Age of the Internet

By Leora Tanenbaum

The writer of the groundbreaking paintings Slut! explores the phenomenon of slut-shaming within the age of sexting, tweeting, and “liking.” She indicates that the sexual double average is extra harmful than ever ahead of and gives knowledge and methods for easing its harmful results on younger women’s lives.

Young girls are inspired to precise themselves sexually. but once they do, they're derided as “sluts.” stuck in a double bind of combined sexual messages, younger women are careworn. to meet the contradictory roles of being attractive yet now not slutty, they convey an “experienced” id on social media-even in the event that they usually are not sexually active—while sarcastically touching on themselves and their acquaintances as “sluts.”

But this approach can turn into a weapon used opposed to younger ladies within the fingers of colleagues who flow rumors and innuendo—elevating age-old slut-shaming to lethal degrees, with suicide between bullied teenage ladies turning into more and more universal. Now, Leora Tanenbaum revisits her influential paintings on sexual stereotyping to provide clean perception into the electronic and face-to-face worlds modern younger ladies inhabit. She stocks her new examine, concerning interviews with a variety of teenage ladies and younger women from various backgrounds in addition to mom and dad, educators, and teachers. Tanenbaum analyzes the coping mechanisms younger ladies at present use and issues them in a brand new course to remove slut-shaming for good.

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Notorious Victoria: The Life of Victoria Woodhull, Uncensored

By Mary Gabriel

She used to be the 1st girl to deal with the U.S. Congress, the 1st to function a brokerage enterprise on Wall highway, and the 1st to run for president. She's the lady Gloria Steinem known as "the such a lot debatable suffragist of them all." during this generally researched biography, journalist Mary Gabriel has written a complete account of 1 of yankee history's most unique and engaging ladies, who, in an period of Victorian morality, was once the loudest and so much radical voice for women's equality. "One of the main arguable American girls of the past due 19th century springs to existence during this learn that leaves no stone unturned."--Publishers Weekly; "Deftly written biography . . . of a hell-raising visionary."--Mirabella; "A meaty slice of feminist historical past peppered with Victorian drama."--Civilization; "Remarkable . . . warrants a place on each severe American historical past student's bookshelf."--Kirkus reports, pointer.

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Gendering the State in the Age of Globalization: Women's Movements and State Feminism in Postindustrial Democracies

By Melissa Haussman

Gendering the State is a ground-breaking number of reviews that examines the efforts of ladies in international locations world wide to border public coverage debates on nationally severe matters in gendered phrases. this can be the most recent quantity within the learn community on Gender and the country (RNGS) collaborative reviews. utilizing the RNGS version of women's circulate and women's coverage actor recommendations to steer public coverage debates and country reaction, the publication appears at info amassed from ten eu nations (including Finland and Sweden), plus Japan, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. from the Nineties to today.

The total examine is grouped into 3 targeted styles of nation swap: country downsizing—particularly in social coverage components (Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, the USA, and Spain); growth of kingdom actions into formerly less-regulated components (Austria, France, Germany, and Sweden); and transformation—often constitutionally based—of consultant constructions (Australia, Belgium, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom). exam of those styles finds the effect of the adjustments in nation buildings and nationwide priorities at the effectiveness and skill of women's circulation actors in attaining their goals.

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Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship (Experimental Futures)

By Sarah Franklin

Thirty-five years after its preliminary good fortune as a sort of technologically assisted human copy, and 5 million miracle infants later, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has turn into a regimen strategy around the globe. In Biological Relatives, Sarah Franklin explores how the normalization of IVF has replaced how either expertise and biology are understood. Drawing on anthropology, feminist concept, and technological know-how experiences, Franklin charts the evolution of IVF from an experimental study process right into a worldwide technological platform used for a wide selection of functions, together with genetic analysis, cattle breeding, cloning, and stem mobilephone examine. She contends that regardless of its ubiquity, IVF continues to be a hugely paradoxical expertise that confirms the relative and contingent nature of biology whereas developing new organic kinfolk. utilizing IVF as a lens, Franklin offers a daring and lucid thesis linking applied sciences of gender and intercourse to reproductive biomedicine, modern bioinnovation, and the way forward for kinship.

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Everyday Psychokillers: A History for Girls, A Novel

By Lucy Corin

In Everyday Psychokillers staggering violence is the idiom of way of life, a lurid extravaganza during which all these round the narrator look vicarious members. And at its heart are the interchangeable younger ladies, exciting to grasp themselves the article of loads wish and terror.

The narrative interweaves background, delusion, rumor, and information with the studies of a tender woman residing within the flatness of South Florida. Like Grace Paley's narrators, she is pensive and keen, hungry for event yet constrained. Into the sector of her regard come a Ted Bundy reject, the God Osiris, a Caribbean slave grew to become pirate, a circus performer dwelling in a field, damaged horses, a Seminole leader in a swamp, and a murderous babysitter. What those preposterously normal figures all comprehend is that homicide is identification: "Of path what concerns relatively is the psychokiller, what he is performed, what he threatens to do. in fact to be the fortunate one you should be kidnapped within the first position. with no him, you would not exist."

Everyday Psychokillers reaches to the sting of the psychoanalytical and jolts the reader again to way of life. The reader turns into the killer, the watcher, the individual at the verge, hiding at the back of a regular face.

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Mad Mothers, Bad Mothers, and What a "Good" Mother Would Do: The Ethics of Ambivalence

By Sarah LaChance Adams

When a mom kills her baby, we name her a foul mom, yet, as this ebook indicates, even moms who intend to do their little ones damage will not be simply classified as "mad" or "bad." Maternal love is a fancy emotion wealthy with contradictory impulses and needs, and motherhood is a conflicted country within which ladies always renegotiate the desires mom and baby, the self and the opposite.

Applying care ethics philosophy and the paintings of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Simone de Beauvoir to real-world studies of motherhood, Sarah LaChance Adams throws the inherent tensions of motherhood into sharp reduction, drawing a extra nuanced portrait of the mummy and baby courting than formerly conceived. The maternal instance is very instructive for moral concept, highlighting the dynamics of human interdependence whereas additionally putting forward separate pursuits. LaChance Adams rather makes a speciality of maternal ambivalence and its morally efficient function in reinforcing the divergence among oneself and others, supporting to acknowledge the particularities of scenario, and negotiating the adaptation among one's personal wishes and the needs of others. She finally argues maternal filicide is a social challenge requiring a collective resolution that moral philosophy and philosophies of care can inform.

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Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

An Interview with bell hooks, writer of Feminism is for everyone: Passionate Politics

SOUTH finish PRESS: Your paintings on radical black feminism has been an concept for plenty of younger feminists of colour, and also you your self have been on your early 20s in the event you wrote your first booklet, Ain't I a Woman. What ameliorations do you notice within the political and cultural weather that younger revolutionary activists face this present day, in comparison to in the event you have been formulating your individual politics?

BELL HOOKS: one of many significant modifications I see within the political weather at the present time is that there's much less collective aid for coming to severe consciousness-in groups, in associations, between buddies. for instance, while i used to be coming to feminist consciousness-as one element of my political consciousness-at Stanford collage, there has been an immense buzz approximately feminism during the campus. ladies have been organizing within the dorms, girls have been resisting biased curriculum, all of these issues. So, it relatively provided a type of total aid for coming to awareness, while what so usually occurs now in educational settings is that individuals suppose even more that they do not have this sort of collective support.

SEP: What do you're thinking that has contributed to that change?

BH: The institutionalization of Black reviews, Feminist stories, all of these items ended in a feeling that the fight used to be over for many humans and that one didn't have to proceed the private consciousness-raising and altering of one's viewpoint.

SEP: might you describe a number of the affects by yourself politicization? on your writing you have got centred a great deal in your improvement as a lady, as a author, and as a critic and political philosopher. may well you describe that process?

BH: one of many concerns that I regularly write approximately is that the phrases we use to outline political positions-whether we discuss being at the left or being feminist-do now not suggest that folks won't have arrived at positions of resistance that may be basically defined via that language before they arrive to that language. In my case, i have talked greatly approximately how starting to be up in a truly patriarchal loved ones was once the atmosphere for my improvement of resistance. however it used to be no longer until eventually the organi

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To the Lighthouse

By Virginia Woolf

“Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its attractiveness, there may by no means be a mistake approximately it: here's a novel to the final measure critical and uncompromising. i feel that past being concerning the very nature of fact, it truly is itself a imaginative and prescient of reality.”—Eudora Welty, from the Introduction


The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic but absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their youngsters and diverse visitors are on vacation at the Isle of Skye. From the possible trivial postponement of a trip to a close-by lighthouse, Woolf constructs a extraordinary, relocating exam of the advanced tensions and allegiances of kin lifestyles and the clash among males and women.

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