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Movies: Miss Representation

December 6, 2010 | Movies

I’m looking forward to seeing this. It’s scheduled to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in January. Find out more at Miss REPRESENTATION.

The site has a list of “suggested reading” books, to which I add:

  • Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Joanne Bamberger: PunditMom’s Mothers of Intention: How Women & Social Media Are Revolutionizing Politics in America
  • Ann Crittenden: The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued and If You’ve Raised Kids, You Can Manage Anything
  • Susan J. Douglas (and Meredith W. Michaels): Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message that Feminism’s Work Is Done, The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women and Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media
  • Barbara Ehrenreich: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream
  • Gloria Feldt: No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think about Power
  • Sharon Lerner: The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation
  • Carolyn B. Maloney: Rumors of our Progress have been Greatly Exaggerated: Why Women’s Lives Aren’t Getting any Easier and How We Can Make Real Progress for Ourselves and Our Daughters
  • Devra Renner and Aviva Pflock: Mommy Guilt: Learn to Worry Less, Focus on What Matters Most, and Raise Happier Kids
  • Joan C. Williams: Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter and Unbending Gender: Why Family and Work Conflict and What to Do About It
  • Posted by Becky @ 6:00 am | 1 Comment  

    Books: The Handmaid’s Tale

    June 21, 2010 | Books

    I just finished reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (on Kindle). Sarah (@goonsquadsarah, Sarah and the Goon Squad) recommended it. I had read Atwood’s book, The Blind Assassin, four years ago when I was spending the summer in Norway. Hmm. Maybe Atwood is my official Summer-in-Norway Author.

    What an oddly fitting segue from The War on Moms: On Life in a Family-Unfriendly Nation by Sharon Lerner, which was an impromptu read. Atwood’s book was on my summer reading list I made from recommendations. Lerner’s book made it on my radar after I read her Slate article about something I started writing about three years ago, the questionable “best company” lists in Working Mother magazine. Her article, “How Could One of America’s Most Sexist Companies End Up on Working Mother’s Best 100 List? And what does that say about American employers’ glowing reports about their own “family-friendliness”? ” was published May 24, 2010. It was good to see I wasn’t the only one to notice problems with the list.

    Anyway. About the Handmaid. Unlike a Michael Douglas movie, which makes me feel glad I’m not him because I would never be in his situation, Atwood’s story seemed all too possible. It made me want to do a whole bunch of things — drink, smoke, run for president — because I CAN.

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