Sunday, December 12, 2010

What I'm reading

A very engaging and unexpectedly touching account of Aurora Levins Morales' experience "coming back to capitalism" as she enters the US after being in Cuba.

One of those book reviews that makes you feel like you actually read the book, at least a little bit, because of the excellent analysis.

The only way to shift the political culture is to start a national conversation about gender pressures on men, she said. Until we do that, we won’t see much progress for women.

Devra Renner and Aviva Pflock, authors of Mommy Guilt, will understand this book. Even though their book is about mothers, most of the work they do is about parenting. They spend a lot of time reminding others that parenting is something both mothers and fathers do.

A discussion on sex work, stripping in particular, and the difference in society's perception and treatment of men and women in the industry.

Gender Across Borders is looking for article submissions "that explore the relationship between gender roles in the workplace and at home." Both women and men are encouraged to submit. From the request:

The topic of this series is intentionally broad to capture the diverse experiences of women and men in the workplace and at home.

A broad range of materials in welcome, from personal narratives to academic essays to profiles that focus on particular people or events. Articles from around the world are strongly desired.

Some questions to consider:

-How does culture shape gender roles in the workplace and at home?
-How have gender roles changed over time because of feminist and other influences?
-How do class, race and sexuality influence gender roles in the workplace and at home?
-What does the future hold for women and men in the workplace – and at home?

Innocent Smith, in a fantastic analysis of capitalism and traditional values:

Ultimately, what capitalism has produced is two Americas: a Blue America whose prosperity depends upon the values it professes to have outgrown, and a Red America that preaches traditional values but wholeheartedly embraces the economic Darwinism that preys upon them.

A touching account (pun not intended) of a memory of the Radical Housewife's mother's touch.

Imnotme has revamped his blog, and the content is now primarily fiction work, including While Great We Are. An excerpt from the short story:

The fire was nearly half burned down and the library had taken on a somberness. The conversations had turned from philosophy to mortality. James, who had stopped challenging the other two to nine-ball championships, given his losing streak, was now sitting in the mammoth chair nearest the bar, a half empty bottle of brandy sat hesitantly on the edge of the bar above his right arm; the fire on his left cast a devilish shadow across his brooding face. His black snout glimmered.

And, last but not least, a friendly message to the Christians who, without fail, claim every year that there's a "war on Christmas," or that "Christians are oppressed in this country." Even though I'm referring to the US and this clip is referring to Great Britain, it still applies across the board:

Leave links to interesting things you've read, or written, in the comments!