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If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Old 05-19-15, 11:18 AM
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If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

The Thought Police have a new angle from which to persecute you:

You Might Not Think You're Sexist - Until You Take a Look at Your Bookshelf
By Jessica Valenti, Guardian UK

http://readersupportednews.org/opini...your-bookshelf

Big Sister is Watching!

So this nosy bitch sits down next to someone on the subway and reads the tweets on his phone and complains 'cause they're all by men:
For example, I was riding the subway recently when I noticed my seatmate scrolling through a Twitter feed that looked remarkably like mine. I was tickled to be sitting next to a like-minded person, but as I looked on I noticed there was one thing that seemed to be missing from his newsfeed: women. He was following fantastic and smart men, but still - as far as I could tell, all men.
Here's how she ends her piece:
I’m not suggesting you put away all books written by men or only listen to female musicians (well, not yet anyway). But our cultural biases - as unintentional as they may be - are worth thinking about. Not just to address broad inequalities, but to open up our own minds.
Do I get let off the hook if I see a Kristen Wiig movie directed by a woman? Or do I have to see every Nancy Meyers/Nora Ephron/Amy Heckerling/Susan Seidelman movie to compensate for my shelf of John Woo and Sam Peckinpah DVDs?

Do all my J-pop CDs by girl groups cancel out my Ernest Hemingway/Norman Mailer/Iron John-heavy bookshelf?

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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

If we had never allowed women to read or write we wouldn't be in this mess.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

You Might Not Think You're Sexist - Until You Take a Look at Your Bookshelf
I don't have any books on my bookshelf. I only have DVDs/BDs on my bookshelf.

Why isn't this thread in BookTalk? Nobody reads books anymore. Books are even more obsolete than DVDs.

(Actually I do read a little bit. Mostly Stephen King. I don't buy physically printed books anymore though. I just read on the Kindle app.)
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Originally Posted by kgrogers1979 View Post
I don't have any books on my bookshelf. I only have DVDs/BDs on my bookshelf.
She mentions the TV industry in the article also, you sexist!
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

I've met someone who only owned music by female musicians. I thought it was pretty weird.

But I wouldn't have thought it weird if a guy had a collection of all male musicians.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

I'm not a sexist because I don't read female authors, I am a sexist because I call people pussies all the time:


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Old 05-19-15, 11:49 AM
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Who gives a fuck about the gender of the writer/composer/director/painter as long as the finished product is good? This whole "you're sexist because you don't intentionally look for works by women" bullshit is beyond tired. The only time I care if you're a woman is if I want to see you naked or have sex with you. For all other reasons (like reading your book, watching your movie, or listening to your music), I don't give a damn about your gender.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Principal Skinner summed it up best:

Skinner: "Am I wearing women's clothes? I didn't notice. When I look in my closet, I don't see male clothes or female clothes. They're all the same."

Edna Krabappel: "Are you saying that men and women are identical?"

Skinner: "Oh, no, of course not! Women are unique in every way."

Lindsey Naegle: "Now he's saying men and women aren't equal!"

Skinner: "No, no, no! It's the differences--of which there are none--that makes the sameness.....exceptional. Oh, just tell me what to say!" (he starts to breathe heavily then pass out)
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Do cookbooks count?
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

I won't read this article, for obvious reasons.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

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Do cookbooks count?
Never underestimate the power of a man wearing a cute little apron.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Well, I intend to read this new book by the German author who's bringing quite a breath of fresh air to Yahoo & other news sources with her campaign to convince people that we're pooing all wrong. Her book is titled "Charming Bowels"; ironically, her last name is Enders.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/201...man-bestseller

Actually, I wouldn't read it at all except for the fact that she's kinda hot...especially when describing how to enjoy the go. Just a gut instinct, I suppose.

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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Well, I bought all the Harry Potter books, but that's when I thought J.K. Rowling was a man. Does that count?
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

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Who gives a fuck about the gender of the writer/composer/director/painter as long as the finished product is good?.

Social justice warriors.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Quality should be all that counts. Great writing should be simply great, not inclusive.

If I read woman authors or minority authors just for the sake of inclusiveness aren't I just saying, "Pretty good book...for a girl."
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

I was starting to worry, but then I remembered that Louise Simonson was one of the creative team behind the Death of Superman.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Well I only read books by Nicholas Sparks so what does that make me?
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

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Well I only read books by Nicholas Sparks so what does that make me?
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

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I was starting to worry, but then I remembered that Louise Simonson was one of the creative team behind the Death of Superman.
Yes but that story was about a man so that makes you a closet sexist. Which is worse or something...
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Reminds me of this bit from Silicon Valley.

https://youtu.be/XA6tZWyWLYM

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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

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I'm not a sexist because I don't read female authors, I am a sexist because I call people pussies all the time:

Is it still okay to call people dicks?
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

I've read books by Pauline Réage and E.L. James, does that count? Or are there other conditions as well?
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Mary Shelley
Harper Lee
Margaret Atwood
Edith Hamilton
Frances Trollope
Sarah Orne Jewett
Mary Wilkins Freeman
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Jancee Dunn
J.K. Rowling
Suzanne Collins
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Do cookbooks count?
Yes! I'm counting Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer too.
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

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Do cookbooks count?
Originally Posted by Decker View Post
Well, I bought all the Harry Potter books, but that's when I thought J.K. Rowling was a man. Does that count?
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Well I only read books by Nicholas Sparks so what does that make me?
These all made me laugh
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Re: If you only read books by men, you're a sexist!

Yeah, and I bet they're all white, hetero, cis-gendered, abled men on top of it.

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