• Essays,  Random

    Banned Books and Women

    Banned Books weeks is happening right now and as I was browsing all your posts and Tweets, I realized that there is a close connection between banned books, feminism and women, and after Emma Watson’s speech (‘If not me, who? If not now, when?’) I realized it was high time I wrote about it. Because I cannot even imagine what it is to be banned from reading books, or getting an education or reading stories about women who transgressed social rules, defying what was expected of them and being banned by society. So, to start, let’s look at what banned books are. It certainly sounds like something from the past,…

  • Non-fiction

    The Creation of Patriarchy by Gerda Lerner

    I chose to review The Creation of Patriarchy (1986) by Gerda Lerner as part of a course on women’s history and I could not be happier with my choice. Yesterday I did a quick profile on Lerner as part of my Feminist Sundays meme – click here to read it – so, it was only natural that today I reviewed the first book I finished in 2014. From GoodReads: A major new work by a leading historian and pioneer in women’s studies, The Creation of Patriarchy is a radical reconceptualization of Western civilization that makes gender central to its analysis. Gerda Lerner argues that male dominance over women is not…

  • Feminist Sundays

    Feminist Sundays: Gerda Lerner

    Feminist Sundays is a weekly meme created at Books and Reviews. The aim is simply to have a place and a time to talk about feminism and women’s issues. This is a place of tolerance, creativity, discussion, criticism and praise. Remember to keep in mind that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although healthy discussion is encouraged. After reviewing Gerda Lerner’s The Creation of Patriachy for school, I knew I needed to devote my next Feminist Sunday to this amazing woman. Name: Gerda Lerner (neé Gerda Hedwig Kronstein) Dates and place: Born in Vienna in 1920. She moved to the United States when she as 19 with an arranged…