Opened my eyes o Accidental Cowgirl the monumental powerhat storytellers have o change #The World And How Our #world and how our is flavored and interpreted hrough he lens of fiction A fabulous fierce essay collection hat uplifted my soul in Life After the State the busy season of graduate school applications Double Hugo Award winner Kameron Hurley writes abouthe intersections of feminism science fiction and fantasy and he struggles she has overcome in her personal life She sheds light on he sexism women encounter online and in Kentaurs the writing industry in a wayhat conveys strength and hope Here is an excerpt from one of my favorite essays "Of Hers In Defense Of Unlikable Women I Will " hers In Defense of Unlikable Women which I will snippets of hroughout his review I see his double standard pop up all he Peek-a-Boo time in novelsoo We forgive our heroes even when hey re drunken aimless brutes or flawed noir figures who smoke oo much and can Wimpy Shrimpy t hold down a steady relationship Inruth we both sympathize with and celebrate eBoys: The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work these heroes Conan is loved for his raw emotions his gut instincts hisendency Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs to solve problemshrough sheer force of will But he raits we love in many male heroes heir complexity heir confidence Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen's Guide to Living Your Best Life their occasional bouts of selfish whim become in female heroes marks ofhe dreaded unlikable character I loved wo hings most about his essay collection Hurley s big heart and her commitment o discussing intersectionality Throughout he book she advocates for compassion oward women and men kindness on he internet and justice for hose who suffer because of circumstances outside of Carbon Democracy: Political Power in the Age of Oil their control She writes with idealism without sounding naive Her awareness of intersectionality shines as well as she emphasizeshe importance of supporting and strengthening Meet Miss Fancy the voices of minority writers Here is another uote fromhe same essay again about Cheat On Your Husband (with Your Husband): How to Date Your Spouse the double standard within writing male and female characters Male writers andheir male protagonists are expected Schumann: The Faces and the Masks to be flawed and complex but reader expectations for women writers andheir characters The Weekend Makeover: Get a Brand New Life By Monday Morning tendo be far rigid Women may stray but only so far If Restful Java with Jax-RS they go on deep alcoholic bendershey d best repent and sober up at The Mission, the Men, and Me: Lessons from a Former Delta Force Commander the end Ifhey abandon A Little Book about Colors (Leo Lionni's Friends) their spouses and childrenhey d best end Mean tragically or make good Women must above all show kindness Women may be strong buthey must also importantly be vulnerable If Button and Bundle they are not readers are likelyo push back and label hem unlikableOverall recommended o anyone who wants o learn about feminism in particular its intersections with science fiction and internet spaces Some of Hurley s essays in he latter half of Pinky Got Out! the collection feel a little repetitive and lackhe depth of her critical externally focused pieces Still her courage and enacity inspire he heck out of me and I am confident Not Anyone's Anything this book will rile readers up inhe best possible way To end Blueberry Truth this review one uote fromhat stellar essay I have uoted Desire to Inspire: Using Creative Passion to Transform the World twice above Like it or not failure of empathy inhe face of unlikable women in fiction can often lead Confetti Covered Quicksand to a failureo empathize with women who don follow all he rules in real life Systems Analysis and Design too I seehis all The Sea of Lost Girls theime in conversations with men and women alike It s hese same uestions hat get brought up when women who have been assaulted dare o report abuse What was she wearing Did she provoke him by alking back Was she a bad wife A bad girlfriend Was she a good woman or a bad woman This line of uestioning and he assumptions hat prompt it is one we would never apply Cool Nail Art: 30 Step-By-Step Designs to Rock Your Fingers and Toes toheir male counterparts unless Skint Estate: A memoir of poverty, motherhood and survival they are men of color This justification of violence againsthose who step outside of The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers the roles ofhe dominant culture puts The Full Facts Book of Cold Reading: A Comprehensive Guide to the Most Persuasive Psychological Manipulation Technique in the World them into can be reinforced or challenged byhe stories we Male Medusa, Caught in Coils tell Storiesell us not only who we are but who we can be They paint he narrow behavioral boxes within which we put ourselves and hose we know They can encourage compassion and kindness and acceptance or violence and intolerance and reprisal It all bleeds from he page or he screen into A Year of Weddings: Twelve Love Stories the real world Who deserves forgiveness I d hope we all do Footnotes Get your footnotes hereThese footnotes annoy me A lot As in ifhere are 22 footnotes labelled 1 hey should at least be at he bottom of The Evolution of Modern Land Warfare: Theory and Practice the page And if not athe bottom of No Sanctuary the page perhaps an annotated bibliography athe back rather han just a citation Mayb Reuired reading for everyone whether you re a woman man geek a non geek or just simply human This book will make you angry and frustrated but with good reason It will make you want o rage against he machine and he man and society and make you want o get off your butt o change he world Kameron Hurley sheds light on all he Playboy Under the Mistletoe things one should be angry about but also lets you knowhat all is not lost This collection will allow you Sunlight take a step back and reassesshe world Personal Knowledge the media andhe people around you So much Supermarket!: Super Sturdy Picture Books tohink about Highly highly recommend it. So feature several entirely new essays written specifically for Red-Spotted Newt this volumeUnapologetically outspoken Hurley has contributed essayso The Atlantic Locus Torcom and elsewhere on Grave Dance the rise of women in genre her passion for SFF andhe diversification of publishin. ,
Rian and I believe Hurley is oo I couldn Dollface: una novela sobre los violentos años 20 t help but wishhere was a little heoryresearchcritical engagement in here In saying The Border (Power of the Dog, thathat might t help but wish The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) there was a littleheoryresearchcritical engagement in The Malice of Waves there In sayinghat hat might a little unfair as Hurley has repeatedly acknowledged hat she disavows academic writing because she wants her book o be accessible o as many people as possible Still his is absolutely necessary reading for anyone who s ever been concerned about he representation of women in sci fi and fantasy and for Judgment those people outhere who dismiss Hurley s concerns as irrelevant she is completely successful in demonstrating how fictional narratives are inherently linked Modern HERstory: Stories of Women and Nonbinary People Rewriting History to uestions of power gender and sexuality Great Thank you so mucho Netgalley and Tor Books for he advanced copy #given o me in exchange an honest reviewPre reading This better be #to me in exchange for an honest reviewPre reading This better be feminism Tired of being disappointed by whitewashing in femlitPost reading Well I shouldn have worried about he whitewashing Hurley definitely Slave Girls of Watchnest Hall triedo be inclusive She was very vocal about acknowledging he need for diversity and in her own shortcomings as a white writer who sometimes makes mistakes with representation in her fiction I didn love Fire Frost this collection however And maybe it s because I read it onhe back of he phenomenal Bad Feminist but he essays in here just didn move or educate me I actually feel like 23 of he book is falsely advertised his isn a collection with feminism at The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World the core it is a collection of autobiographicalidbits with feminism as a strong undertone If I had gone in expecting o mainly be reading about Hurley s life and her process as a writer maybe I wouldn be so disappointed If you are a young female writer penning SF stories hen his is for you Hurley gives a lot of advice on how o write although I often felt hat Global Environmental Governance and Small States: Architectures and Agency in the Caribbean the essays came across as an infomercial for her own books and she shows how she has failed inhe past and how she persevered until she succeeded This is all great but when a book is sold as being about feminism but is actually a how Goya in Perspective to autobiography on becoming a successful SF writer in a male dominated world it is a bit frustrating I did ADORE her final essay We Have Always Fought but it was written a few years before The Geek Feminist Revolution and is available for free online I also loved her essay on what it was likeo go from able bodied o chronically ill and her first hand experiences with he mess No One Will Hear You that washe pre Obama American health care system I found both essays eye opening and extremely well written I hink one of my main issues with he collection is how National Development: Being More Effective and More Efficient: Being More Effective and More Efficient thin it all seemed Hurley mentions a fewhings over and over I know she won a Hugo award because she mentioned it way oo often for it o pass my notice and I know she lived in South Africa but as a South African it was really disappointing o read another hin stereotypical representation of he homeland I know she is passionate about feminism and standing up for women on he internet and in Innovative Thermal and Non-Thermal Processing, Bioaccessibility and Bioavailability of Nutrients and Bioactive Compounds the Geek sphere buthere was no meat Dad Fucks My Pussy Hard tohe bones of her experiences The essays in his collection left me wanting so much Hurley is alented and seems like someone I would love On the Run with Love to have athe dinner Malka table if onlyo have he opportunity o get out of her brain A well written well researched and well argued critiue of geek culture Like Pizza and Beer through a feminist lens Kameron Hurley definitely hashe ualifications for his being a sci fi and fantasy author herself and I loved he perspective she brings o different aspects of geek culture even hough I believe Dig This Gig that Mad Max Fury Road is a feminist masterpiece and will defend ito The Forward Pass in Football the death Hurley s essay onhe movie made me rethink how some of The Strange Laws of Old England the minor female characters function inhe story and how We Will Rise - Rebuilding the Mexikah Nation they could have been presented better Geek culture is onehat has always been openly hostile o women even hough women created many of he foundations hat it rests on coughMary Shelleycough and it s Masked Desires truly sadhat even in Born Of Darkness the year of our Lord 2019here are still men whining about how hey shouldn have o allow women and POC into what hey ve always believed should be a Straight White Boys Only clubhouse So I m glad hat we have people like Kameron Hurley o slam an entire book s worth of arguments onto he able and say Move over Go see Captain Marvel One of he best essay collections I ve ever read Truly revolutionary I ll do a full review soon Posted at HeradasTerrific essays a little repetitive in some spots and slightly sarcastic han I m used o But great stuff nonetheless At he very least read We have always fought he essays on Mad Max Die Hard and True Detective as well as In Defense of Unlikeable Women I ve never read any Kameron Hurley fiction but I would really like o after reading his It sounds like she has a fantastic grasp on writing real living breathing characters She also clearly understands and. List Kameron HurleyThe book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism geek culture and her experiences and insights as a genre writer including “We Have Always Fought” which won he 2014 Hugo for Best Related Work The Geek Feminist Revolution will al. .
This is he 5th book I ve read of #HURLEY AND OUT OF ALL OF THEM I M #and out of all of The Seven-Day Target them I mo have o rate his he bestWhy Is it because it s full of rage at he real injustice in he world Or because it s a call o action for every one of us o do and hink better Seducing Summer than we have beenBoth ofhese I hink But because I m a White Male of raditionally acceptable sexuality Who has read Adrienne Rich and has generally read voraciously about feminism and he problems
"OF THE CULTURE WE LIVE IN "the culture we live in and believing hat women s studies are not only for women but is everyone s responsibility Syphon's Song to consider seriously as we are responsible adults living liveshat we can be proud of I m honored o ake up Hurley s call o action or at he very least continue he dialogue in all seriousness Feminism isn only for women It s just as important hat men understand what s at stake here We re either all victims lashing out or we can grow he hell up and Blood Eternal treat everyone we know with respectThat being said I also lovedhese essays for Hurley s honesty her story and even A Sad Soul Can Kill You the redefinitions of her life I respect her for passinghrough Darkthaw the gauntlet ofhose bad imes and refusing o back down when she sees hings hat are wrong We should all be his brave and stand up o fight for hat which we honestly believe rather han fall back on Remediation: Understanding New Media therap of politeness when it s not getting Programme Und Manifeste Zur Architektur Des 20. Jahrhunderts the job done Ihink Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming this book out of all ofhis year s Hugo Nominees for Best Non Fiction work is best suited Writing Machines to win and it s not only because it deals withhe writing process issues with storytelling in culture or even because it drills down into Gamergate and SadRabid Puppies but because it s plainly excellent and cohesive writing The Rhythmic Event: Art, Media, and the Sonic that packs a punch My first Kameron Hurley book and it s a book of essays about writing sexism feminism racism capitalism injustice personal growth and llamas Such a potpourri seems like it would be a little choppy in execution but it flowed very well Turns out Hurley is a very smart and interesting writerOne wouldhink Gaming the System: Designing with Gamestar Mechanic that a book written in 2016 and steeped with pop culture would be startingo feel a little stale but The Time of the French in the Heart of North America, 1673-1818 this did not I don know if it s Kidnappad hjärna theimes where it feels like civil rights and he causes of justice are in regression or hat he increasingly echnological continuously evolving world of social media 5 years later is still untamed so he issues discussed are still prevalent Online bullying is still a major issue and we have legions of embittered and entitled ribes either Wildflowers of Shenandoah National Park: A Pocket Field Guide tryingo change The Right Man For The Job: A Novel things orrying o maintain some privilege he ugliness and misinformation and propaganda Cecil the Pet Glacier the one sided editshe proliferation of websites Learning Activism: The Intellectual Life of Contemporary Social Movements that help peopleo reinforce heir beliefs it s all still here on blast Hurley is a brash sensible wise and youthful voice combating all kinds of isms and social injustices specifically in he publishing world She really is an activist and she is determined o make a differenceFor me his was a Captive Set Free (Angel of Mercy timely read Hurley speaks of issues she had comingo Stories of Scottsboro terms with her own place inhe online and For Yourself the publishing worlds which are vicious and how she learned of her own defense mechanisms and immaturity in initially dealing with basically awful people Legions ofhem Through her writing it felt like I was reading actual growth and self awareness When For Yourself: The Fulfillment of Female Sexuality (Revised and Updated) to be combative and wheno live A Little Too Close to God: The Thrills and Panic of a Life in Israel to fight another day In our virtual presence by virtual presence I mean online presence as well as digital personashat are extended Spy Fall (Rebellious Brides, throughexting and Messenger ect We humans can be fairly oblivious Slow Hands to what we put out intohe atmosphere A meaningless jibe can be received as a hurtful judgement The Valentine's Day Murder to someone else and becausehere is no nuance it comes across as deliberate Our reactions can be eually hurtful and disproportionate We can be unaware of how much vitriol and nastiness comes The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II through And in Hurley s online worldhe hurtful comments are often uite deliberate and intentionally mean and vicious Thick skins How the Homosexuals Saved Civilization: The Time and Heroic Story of How Gay Men Shaped the Modern World these authors must have All ofhose attacks inevitably ake a oll on Seducing Mr. Knightly the psyche That andhe isms of real life are a lot These essays were like The Last Clinic therapy with Hurley figuringhings out and The Undiscovered Country: Journeys Among the Dead takinghe reader Under My Skin through her processing of what is happening inhe world and how Matisse the Master: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954 the heck does a female scifi writer get herself published She is very perceptive very smart a bit of a geek and seemso have a little Karmic bloodlust Mennyms in the Wilderness (Mennyms, that she apparently vicariously liveshrough her characters I find myself uite anxious Dirty Talk for Women: The Art of Seduction and Getting Your Man to Beg You for Sex to read her fiction There is definitely Hurley in my future 4 StarsRead on kindle Reminiscent of Roxane Gay s Bad Feminist inhat it framed feminist concerns in relation o representations of pop culture I found it very engaging and accessible although as it was a collection of previously available essays naturally he content could be somewhat repetitive Also as a postgraduate histo. A powerful collection of essays on feminism geek culture and a writer’s journey from one of he most important new voices in genreThe Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by double Hugo Award winning essayist and science fiction and fantasy nove. ,