Pages for Progress – Feminist Book Club – The Power (Discussion)
Welcome to the Pages for Progress: feminist book club and discussion. We will be reading and exploring “The Power” by Naomi Alderman.
” In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power–they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets.”
All are welcome inclusive of gender, age, political persuasion, or familiarity.
We will explore the following Key Questions:
1. The book poses a question: Why do people abuse power? What does the book suggest the answer is? What is your answer? How do we experience abuse of power day to day?
2. What societal structures, both legitimate and criminal, that have been changed by feminine power. Consider how the book treats religion, the military, sex trafficking and porn, harassment, even bullying. What does the new power inversion say about the way gender and sexuality operates in “normal” society (i.e., today in the early 21st century)?
3. The story is broken up into three main parts: the former patriarchal society, the transformation to a matriarchal society, and the postcataclysm. What are the experiences of women in these structures? How does this translate to our experiences now?
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.
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/I have ideas/I think we should…..:
Awesome! Please email: Kerrigan@pages4progress.com