Category Archives: 2000s

Dilemmas of Desire, Deborah Tolman

In Dilemmas of Desire: Teenage Girls Talk about Sexuality, developmental psychologist Deborah Tolman examines the cultural messages around female sexuality through one-on-one interviews with adolescent girls. Tolman is co-founder of SPARK, an intergenerational, girl-fueled movement-building organization dedicated to challenging the … Continue reading

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Female Chauvinist Pigs, Ariel Levy

Ariel Levy’s book, whose full title is Female Chauvinist Pigs; Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture, is nothing less than a page-turner. It is written in a witty and conversational style, with interviews interspersed here and there. Levy’s aim is … Continue reading

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Half the Sky, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

This book, which may aptly be deemed a call to arms, takes its name from a Chinese proverb quoted at the beginning, “Women hold up half the sky.” Aside from reminding readers that women account for half of the world’s … Continue reading

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Her Fearful Symmetry, Audrey Niffenegger

Although quite different from The Time Traveler’s Wife, which I found surprisingly moving, Her Fearful Symmetry is a strong novel on its own. The book is mystical (it deals with ghosts and physically symmetrical twins) but never ridiculous. As in The Time … Continue reading

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A Short History of Women, Kate Walbert

Usually, when I read a novel I like, the first third of the book blows me away, the second third is a little tougher to get through, and by the final third I’m feeling disappointed. Either I don’t want the … Continue reading

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