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And I interrupt the scheduled programming with a little book review for you. The book is the following:
As you all know I am kind of on a non-fiction thing this year and as such am reading a whole bunch of books that have never really been on my radar before. It also means that I am constantly challenging my own thoughts and ideas and trying to learn and understand things better as I get more information.
This book did just that on some levels.
First of all it’s primary focus is on feminism in Italy and the importance that the equality of the sexes would have, across the board, but the main focus is on what it would mean for Italy. I quite liked getting a fresh perspective on it as usually the work that I read that centres on feminism and equality tends to be in either the UK or the US, but obviously it would differ from country to country.
This book is stacked full of information and statistics, which isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes it can take seeing everything really laid down in front of you and are kind of forced to confront it for you to really see the true nature of the problem. I found this particularly enlightening in that respect, even though sometimes it felt like a bit much when you were just reading stat after stat and they were sometimes just being presented without their relevance being made known. An example of when it made sense and it really enriched the argument was when Diana was going through the ways in which women still face oppression in regards to their bodies, there were some included that I did know about and there were some that were completely unknown to me and they were awful to learn about.
I also enjoyed the way it was written. The writing style was great. Like I mentioned, it was informative and it flowed really easily meaning that it was quite an easy read, which I always like.
Unfortunately though, for the most part, this book and I just didn’t fully mesh. I think for the most part it was to do with the perspective that I was looking at it from. I didn’t really feel like this book connected with me in a lot of ways. There were elements that did connect with me, but they were few and far between for me. It didn’t feel all that inclusive of the struggles that were faced by people of colour on a more nuanced level then just the doom and gloom of it.
It didn’t really feel like it was very open to the nuance of certain issues. It felt very black and white, with very little grey. And this whole topic is just full of grey areas. It is full of issues that you have to constantly re-evaluate things as you learn more information. And there were elements of this book that did do that for me, getting a better understanding of a wider variety of issues happening in other countries, did really make me take stock of my own privilege. Again. Because I am always very aware of the fact that I am very lucky to be born in London and all the advantages that gives me, it’s hard not to be.
But I found the whole section about ‘Women in England’ a little bit frustrating. It was somehow specific about London but for the most part didn’t talk about anyone that wasn’t white, which felt a bit odd. And I know that for the most part the only stories that are more well known are the stories that are told about white women, if they are told at all, but I guess if you’re gonna talk about the importance of women then it feels like there should be more inclusion of people of colour that made an importance. And there was some, but the balance just felt a bit off. And I think that was one of the reasons that it didn’t quite click with me.
I liked where this book was coming from, and it did inspire me in some ways. It made me more aware of some things that I had not really thought about. It reminded me check my privilege and remember how fortunate I am in this battle. But then there were parts of it that felt too black and white, too idealistic, too cut and dry and that made it harder to connect with. It was a mixed bag of feelings. However, I do feel like it’s a book that should be read if you’re looking to expand your literature based on feminism, it gives a different perspective from outside the UK/US bubble and those are important to get in every now and then.
This review was written as part of a blog tour for Paola Diana’s book. If you wanna check out the other blogs written about the book over the next few days then have a look at the below and go and give them some love!
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