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Pages for Progress: A Feminist Book Club (Discussion)
Join us for the inaugural Pages for Progress book club and discussion! We will be reading and exploring Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West.
All are welcome inclusive of gender, age, political persuasion, and familiarity.
About the Book:
Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can’t be funny.
Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible–like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you–writer and humorist Lindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.
From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.
With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.
How often does Pages for Progress meet?
We meet once a month, in/around Old Town.
Will snacks/beverages be provided?
BYO – wine/soda/snacks.
Do I need to do anything to prepare for book club?
Nothing special beyond reading the book. If life-happens, and you are unable to read the book in time but want to attend the discussion, please do so. Keeping in mind that the focus of each event is to discuss the book, and socialize before/after.
Kerrigan note: Strongly suggest checking out Old Town Books (104 South Union Street. Alexandria, VA 22314) – a new woman-owned small business and an awesome store! Shrill is available at Old Town Books and on standard platforms (ie. Amazon).
What if I am new to feminism?
Exploring anything new can be intimidating and walking into a room to discuss a book through a feminist lens…. Can seem daunting. Great news! Feminism strives to be 1) inclusive and 2) collaborative discussion.
Will the book club read classic-feminist-theory/literature?
The zeal to read classic theory/works speaks volumes and is a mind-opening endeavor. However, the books selected for Pages for Progress monthly book club and discussion will actively shy away from a feminist-theory-primer or syllabus. No matter how lofty the aims, the impulse to press foundational books into a monthly book club can quickly backfire.
Note from Kerrigan: I am working on a “feminist theory foundations” reading list and additional resources.
I would love to get more involved!
Awesome! Please contact: Kerrigan@pages4progress.com. Website coming soon!