The Other Rookie: A Solid Read

by youth4change

Hey all! I’m Sandra and I am the new girl on the CCASA Youth4Change team. Originally from BC, I moved here about 5 years ago to live with my sister and graduated from Crescent Heights High School last year. Since then I’ve been upgrading, so I could take classes I didn’t have time to do while I was in high school.

I wanted to talk to you about this great book I’m reading called “Full Frontal Feminism” by Jessica Valenti. First off I would like to say I recommend this book 100% to EVERYONE! It chock-full of interesting facts and ideas that really explain what feminism truly means. I know simply because of the name of the book most people wouldn’t dare pick it up, but wow… it was not what I expected AT ALL. If one of my fellow Y4C team members hadn’t told me how good it was I too never would have touched it. Now, before I started reading this book I certainly wouldn’t have called myself a feminist and although I am not even finished the book…well let’s just say I have a new outlook. The truth is feminism gets a bad rap and the book breaks down what most of us hear about feminism and the myths that follow that. And to add to that feminist are NOT only women. You hear that guys! Read the book you might like it! Even if you think this book sounds “lame” it’s a pretty funny and you can at least get a good laugh out of it.

One of the topics Jessica brought up that really caught my attention was the notion that our society conveys a message that being female is the worst thing one could be and it is so terribly true. When a man does something wrong, or doesn’t, around his peers what would you called him? A bitch, pussy, girl, fag. If a girl does anything that could be considered wrong she’s called a whore, slut, skank, bitch, and that list is endless these days. But as Valenti goes on to say “The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult.” It is disgusting what some people say in today’s culture. We have come a long way from being house-bound home makers, not that there is anything wrong with that, but I mean we can go get a job and not depend on a man if we choose to. With that said that doesn’t mean we don’t have a long way to go. I know that this situation won’t change completely and if it does it is going to take a long time. It is so embedded into our minds this idea and use of language. There are always steps that can be taken to change it though. First READ the book and educate yourself, you’ll get a few laughs out of it too. Second don’t condone that language used in that context. Its not necessary. You know no good can come out of it either! Every little step will make a big difference. Haven’t you heard? Good things come in small packages!

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