First of all, I should say that I am not American. But my not being American did not prevent me from feeling absolutely devastated when the Cheeto “won” the election. I say “won” because I refuse to believe the election was anything but rigged–I mean, did you read the voter intimidation reports?
Trump’s rhetoric was beyond horrifying; his misogyny and crimes against women are well documented…and I just thought people would choose the better option.
That didn’t happen….so personally there was a protracted period of this:
It took a while but finally, FINALLY, I arrived at this stage:
We all fight in our ways. Against the hatred, racism, sexism, every-damn-ism possible, because not fighting means being complicit. And you may be safe by being complicit but it won’t be the kind of life that you will want to remember.
Anyway, as a reader, I found that after The Orangopocalypse, my reading tastes are changing. I want to educate myself, read more marginalized voices, and use my power as a consumer to make a difference.
Here is a list of titles I would like to read in the following months:
- Seeing Like a Feminist – Nivedita Menon
Feminism, India, Non-fiction.
- Adios, Barbie: Young Women Write About Body Image and Identity – Edted by Ophira Edut
Feminism, Gender Politics, Body Image
- The Good Immigrant – Nikesh Shukla
Immigrants, Essays, Non-Fiction
- And Still I Rise – Maya Angelou
Poetry, Activism, Race Politics
- Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion – Edited by Payal Battacharya
India, Gender Politics, Essays
- Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
Brilliant, Beautiful, Race Politics
- Culture and Imperialism – Edward W. Said
- Transforming a Rape Culture by Emilie Buchwald (Editor), Martha Roth, Pamela R. Fletcher
Never more timely than now.
- The Geek Feminist Revolution – Kameron Hurley
The title says it all.
- The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson.
Wilson also writes Ms. Marvel but honestly, I am going to read all Muslim authors I can trek down in the coming year. I am just tired of the crap we are constantly dealt.
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