Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

On page 64 of Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks writes, “[A]ny theory that cannot be shared in everyday conversation cannot be used to educate the public.”  Indeed, hooks is a woman who practices what she preaches.  One of the things that has always struck me about her work is its accessibility; the essays in TeachingContinue reading “Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom”

On Chesil Beach

It’s intriguing how Ian McEwan is able to turn a single fleeting event into a short novel.  On Chesil Beach is about a couple of British newlyweds in 1962; Edward and Florence are virgins, very inexperienced when it comes to expressions of sexuality.  All of these sexual inhibitions culminate as they attempt to have sexContinue reading “On Chesil Beach”

Lord of the Flies & Little Bee

Though I was never assigned to read it in school, Sir William Golding’s Lord of the Flies is one of those books I’d always heard my (male) classmates rave about.  To this day, one of my friends claims it’s his favorite book ever. I can see why the book would appeal so much to teenContinue reading “Lord of the Flies & Little Bee”

2010 Amelia Bloomer List

The Amelia Bloomer Project has released the 2010 Amelia Bloomer list of the best feminist books for readers ages birth through 18. I’m glad to see Yes Means Yes! : visions of female sexual power & a world without rape made the list.  It’s a great book (and one I’ll be re-reading next month).  AnotherContinue reading “2010 Amelia Bloomer List”