Feminism

The Book Report: Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women

Greetings Viewers!

I’m coming at you with a hard-hitting Must Read book for your To Read List. Because I don’t believe in “light summer reading”.

For all of us who refuse.

XXOO Kristy

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Giants in the Sky: Nichelle Nichols

Greetings Viewers!

Wow. It has been a rough year. And the events of the last few weeks, especially in the USA, have been devastating. It makes you wonder if there’s any hope for humanity…

Luckily, books exist! Books and people writing them who are far kinder and more experienced than I will ever be regarding these matters. In this book review I share my thoughts and feelings on Nichelle Nichols’ autobiography Beyond Uhura: Star Trek and Other Memories.

Something I wanted to say in the video but it got cut out: We are all on this rock spinning through space together. And yet there is too much violence and not enough respect for life. We can be better. Let’s be kind to each other. Let’s educate ourselves to recognize our faults and privileges. Let’s teach the next generations to be even better than us.

XXOO Kristy

Giants In The Sky

In the spirit of International Women’s Day (last Sunday) I decided to talk about the book I finished reading that morning. Serendipitously it was Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown, the Woman Behind Cosmopolitan Magazine by Jennifer Scanlon.

Until I opened this book I sadly admit that I had never heard of Helen Gurley Brown. That’s probably because she proved to be a controversial feminist figure throughout her lifetime and because I have no interest in the Cosmo magazine. In the video I address the first part but had to cut out my thoughts on Cosmo. I plan to post a video in the future where I can muse more on the Cosmopolitan Girl topic. Because as it turns out, I have a lot to say.

I go into a brief history of Feminism and that increased the video length beyond the usual 4 minutes. Trust me, this video could have been a *LOT* longer. But less is more and you’re welcome.

Humanity still has a long way to go in terms of inclusivity-not just for women-but thanks to individuals like Helen Gurley Brown we have made remarkable progress in a relatively short amount of time. Regrettably Helen Gurley Brown passed away in August of 2012 but I will never forget her strength, wit, and courage. She was a woman ahead of her time. Thank you.

I highly recommend this book to anyone but it will be a great read for those interested in feminism and/or cultural and gender studies. Of course it will also be a welcome addition to any independent woman’s bookshelf who isn’t afraid to be Single and Sassy.

Kristy XXOO