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fantastic readers

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Reviewed: 2020-01-24

the performances were fantastic! HP Lovecraft used a lot of archaic language, and his sentences had tortured structure that would be difficult to read. It was truly a feet to hear that performed and performed well.

an unexpected find

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Reviewed: 2020-01-02

I enjoyed this book far more than I could have expected. She is a beautiful writer end conveys her love for mosses in vivid language. I highly recommended to anyone interested in biology or anyone looking for something different.

good history of feminist movement

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Reviewed: 2019-12-22

hook's gives a good history of feminist movement up into the 1990s. she does a good job of painting the diversity of feminism's and the co-optation of feminist politics. some of her points could have used deeper discussion, especially linking the idea of abusive relationships to patriarchy.

this seemed to be a reasonable introductory text, but it would have benefited from a few more definitions. She really should have defined patriarchy and sexism.

good presenter not enough lectors

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Reviewed: 2019-12-19

overall I enjoyed this series. The presentations were excellent and the lectures were well-crafted. my only real issue is that it tried to do too much. there was just too much ground to cover, ranging over 2000 years of history and a plethora of geographies.

this course would have benefited from greater Focus or from a greater number of lectures.

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not ideology

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Reviewed: 2019-12-06

I enjoyed this book far more than I expected to. well written, at times painful, but always engaging this book the tails her journey through Street prostitution, drug addiction and mental health issues.

her diagnosis of borderline personality disorder really makes a lot of sense of her crippling pattern of insecurities and Rebellion. a lot of books that talk about escaping prostitution are ideological tracts, but this was generally free of that. I left reading this not knowing where she Stan's on issues relating to sex work policy, and I think that's a good thing.

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Lacks context and has a bad narrator

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Reviewed: 2019-11-11

This book has a fascinating subject matter, but fails to deliver in several significant respects. Its biggest problems are poor narration, bad writing and lack of context. The first several chapters read like a dry summary of archival research. This might be academically useful, but it is extremely dull listening. There are only so many times you can listen to a list of girls registered as employees for such and such a madam, before you just have to throw up your hands in frustration. The breathless narration doesn't help either, and these chapters emerge as an odd jumble of facts with little apparent connection or meaning. While the later chapters pick up in interest - the discussion of the town of Ramona is particularly interesting, the book never shakes its larger problems.

Mackell, is extremely detailed, but doesn't fit those details into a coherent narrative. Here are a couple examples to illustrate what I mean:
1. Mackell talks about prostitutes following mining boom towns, but she never gives an overview of the state's economy.
2. Several of the stories she tells discusses laudanum, but she does not talk about how opiate used in context.
3. Her most interesting chapters follow the the conflict between the red light districts and groups like the Women's Christian Temperance Union, but she doesn't write about these groups in their own right.

Ultimately, I gave this book 2 stars rather than one or zero, because many of the stories were interesting and humanizing and because the description of the decline of the red light districts was sadly compelling.

excellent narrator for a feminist core text

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Reviewed: 2019-11-10

personally, I have several differences with Kate Millett, but this book is definitely worth reading if you want to understand the origins and theory of radical feminism. well argued, astonishingly clear, Darkly humorous, Millett makes a compelling case that sexual politics have played an integral roll in upholding patriarchy.

to a modern reader, the second half of the book - occupied with literary analysis, might seem out of place. Worse, the criticisms of psychoanalysis and functionalism may not seem relevant to a modern reader. however, this judgment would be too hasty. analogues of her literary criticism can be seen in some forms of pornography, and the criticism of psychoanalysis and functionalism provides useful context 4 the radical feminist movement.

in other ways, this book truly shows its time. Millett pre figures the sex positive vs sex-negative debates in feminism, simultaneously upholding positive affirmations of female sexuality while castigating misogynist constructions of that sexuality.

this book - compiled out of a PhD thesis, was intended for academic audiences. do not expect the reading to be easy or colourful. however, if you were interested in digging up a core feminist text, you could hardly do better than this book.

the narrator is excellent

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Reviewed: 2019-11-09

the narrator for this book is excellent. I don't think I fully understood the argument, but I will reread it.. after the second pass I may adjust my overall rating up or down.

needs better references

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Reviewed: 2019-11-05

the material in this book was interesting, and I especially appreciated the chapters on World War II, but it needs better references. At times it was difficult to determine where the author was getting his information from, damaging the credibility of the material.

since this was an audiobook, the reference list could have been included in a supplementary PDF. these reading lists would be extremely useful for further investigation.

tedious writing

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Reviewed: 2019-11-03

I bought this collection for some of the horror stories and poetry, but it feels like a chore to get through it. many of the stories AR poorly planned; for example, the detective stories have copious amounts of exposition without a lot of action. I also dislike Edgar Allan Poe's writing style. although these are works of fiction, the writing style is better Suited for technical applications.