Watching Hannah: Sex, Horror and Bodily De-Formation in Victorian England (Reaktion Books - Picturing History)

By Barry Reay

Arthur Munby (1828–1910) used to be a Victorian gentleman from a revered relatives of Yorkshire legal professionals. He left in the back of diaries that checklist his life-long obsession with working-class Victorian girls, whom he interviewed, photographed and wrote approximately. This obsession resulted in his dating with, and eventual mystery marriage to, his maidservant Hannah Cullwick.

Working girls involved Munby simply because they disrupted his Victorian excellent of femininity: their our bodies have been altered by way of physical exercise and grime, they usually have been additionally frequently deformed via sickness. Drawing not just at the diaries but additionally on an enormous, untapped archive of files, pictures, poems and sketches, Watching Hannah is way greater than an account of a compulsive observer of operating girls and a fetishist of hard-working lady fingers, in spite of the fact that. the writer analyzes Munby's obsessions relating to altering definitions of gender, sexual id and sophistication to bare wider male preoccupations with femininity, the physique, deformity, masculinity and – so much of all – sexuality, at a pivotal element in ecu history.

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Desert Passions: Orientalism and Romance Novels

By Hsu-Ming Teo

The Sheik—E. M. Hull's best-selling novel that grew to become a wildly well known movie starring Rudolph Valentino—kindled "sheik fever" around the Western global within the Twenties. A craze for all issues romantically "Oriental" swept via style, movie, and literature, spawning imitations and parodies with out quantity. whereas that fervor has principally subsided, stories of ardour among Western girls and Arab males proceed to enthrall readers of trendy mass-market romance novels. during this groundbreaking cultural historical past, Hsu-Ming Teo strains the literary lineage of those desolate tract romances and ancient bodice rippers from the 12th to the twenty-first century and explores the gendered cultural and political reasons that they've served at quite a few old moments.

Drawing on "high" literature, erotica, and renowned romance fiction and flicks, Teo examines the altering meanings of Orientalist tropes corresponding to crusades and conversion, abduction by way of Barbary pirates, sexual slavery, the terror of renegades, the Oriental despot and his harem, the determine of the robust Western concubine, and fantasies of get away from the harem. She analyzes the impression of imperialism, decolonization, sexual liberation, feminism, and American involvement within the heart East on women's Orientalist fiction. Teo means that the increase of female-authored romance novels dramatically remodeled the character of Orientalism since it feminized the discourse; made white girls crucial as manufacturers, shoppers, and imagined actors; and revised, reversed, or collapsed the binaries inherent in conventional analyses of Orientalism.

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Surrealist Women : An International Anthology (The Surrealist Revolution Series)

Beginning in Paris within the Nineteen Twenties, ladies poets, essayists, painters, and artists in different media have actively collaborated in defining and refining surrealism's easy project—achieving the next, open, and dynamic realization, from which no point of the genuine or the imaginary is rejected. certainly, few inventive or social routine can boast as many girls forebears, founders, and participants—perhaps purely feminism itself. but outdoor the stream, women's contributions to surrealism were principally missed or just unknown.

This anthology, the 1st of its variety in any language, monitors the diversity and value of women's contributions to surrealism. Letting surrealist ladies converse for themselves, Penelope Rosemont has assembled approximately 300 texts by means of ninety-six ladies from twenty-eight nations. She opens the publication with a succinct precis of surrealism's simple goals and rules, by means of a dialogue of where of gender within the movement's origins. She then organizes the e-book into historic classes starting from the Twenties to the current, with introductions that describe tendencies within the flow in the course of each one interval. Rosemont additionally prefaces each one surrealist's paintings with a quick biographical statement.

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Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

By Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., says that it’s time to “stop beating your self up and go away lack of confidence behind.” Self-Compassion: cease Beating your self Up and depart lack of confidence Behind deals specialist suggestion on how you can restrict self-criticism and offset its unwanted effects, permitting you to accomplish your maximum power and a extra contented, fulfilled life.

More and extra, psychologists are turning clear of an emphasis on vainness and relocating towards self-compassion within the therapy in their patients—and Dr. Neff’s impressive booklet deals routines and motion plans for facing each emotionally debilitating fight, be it parenting, weight reduction, or any of the varied trials of daily living.  

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Chick Ink: 40 Stories of Tattoos--and the Women Who Wear Them

By Karen L. Hudson

With the increase in acclaim for tattoos between girls, you by no means be aware of what's inked underneath their outfits. as soon as thought of low type or unprofessional, at the present time tattoos appear on every person, from enterprise girls to new mums to midlifers. In "Chick Ink", 40 ladies speak about their option to turn into tattooed women in modern day glossy international. full of actual existence tales from ladies of all walks of existence, "Chick Ink" finds the humorous, relocating, and empowering moments that lead girls to get tattooed. simply because in the back of each woman's tattoo is a narrative that is going deeper than epidermis.

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Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women (MIT Press)

By Maud Lavin

In the prior, generally, competitive girls were rebuked, advised to maintain a lid on, flip the opposite cheek, recover from it. Repression greater than aggression used to be obvious as woman's area. yet lately there is been a visible cultural shift. With turning out to be frequency, women's aggression is now celebrated in modern culture--in videos and television, on-line ventures, and paintings. In Push involves Shove, Maud Lavin examines those new photos of competitive girls and the way they impact women's lives. Aggression, says Lavin, needn't entail inflicting damage to a different; we will be able to think about it because the use of strength to create change--fruitful, harmful, or either. And during the last two decades, modern tradition has proven girls seizing this strength. Lavin chooses provocative examples to discover the complexity of aggression, together with the surfer women in Blue Crush, Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect, the homicidal girls in Kill Bill, and artist Marlene McCarty's mural-sized Murder Girls. girls want aggression and want to exploit it consciously, Lavin writes. With Push involves Shove, she explores the the most important questions of ways to take place aggression, the best way to symbolize it, and the way to maintain open a cultural house for it.

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Complaints and Disorders: Sexual Politics of Sickness

By Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English

   In this intriguing sequel to their underground bestseller, Witches, Midwives, and Nurses, Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English rfile the culture of yank sexism in medication earlier than and after the flip of the century. mentioning vibrant examples, together with quite a few "treatments" and "rest remedies" perpetrated on girls throughout the a long time, the authors study the biomedical reason used to justify the wholesale intercourse discrimination all through our culture-in schooling, in jobs, and in public lifestyles. Ever when you consider that Hippocrates, male medics have taken care of girls because the "weaker" intercourse. by way of the past due nineteenth century, while the authority of non secular files had waned, the last word reason for intercourse discrimination grew to become completely biomedical. during this exciting pamphlet, the authors bring up the diffuclt query: "How sick-or well-are girls today?" They assert that feminists this present day wish greater than "more": "We desire a new type, and we'd like a brand new substance of scientific perform because it pertains to women."

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Warrior Queens: Boadicea's Chariot (WOMEN IN HISTORY)

By Antonia Fraser

An encouraged review of girls leaders in struggle through a bestselling historian.

Antonia Fraser's Warrior Queens are these ladies who've either governed and led in warfare. They comprise Catherine the good, Elizabeth I, Isabella of Spain, the Rani of Jhansi, and the ambitious Queen Jinga of Angola. With Boadicea because the definitive instance, her lady champions from different a long time and civilisations make a desirable and remarkable assembly.

Yet if Boadicea's apocryphal chariot has ensured her position in heritage, what are the myths that encompass the others? and the way diverse are the democratically elected if much less regal warrior queens of our time: Indira Ghandi and Golda Meir? This impressive e-book is far greater than a biographical choice. It examines how Antonia Fraser's heroines have held and wrested the reins of energy from their (consistently male) adversaries.

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Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge

By Becky Blalock

From a veteran Fortune 500 govt, how ladies can achieve and reach best management positions

Though ladies carry a majority of the managerial jobs within the team, they occupy an insignificant 14% of C-suite positions at Fortune 500 corporations. to damage via this obdurate glass ceiling, girls needs to learn how to take daring steps whilst career-defining moments come up. in the course of her 33-year occupation at Southern corporation, a Fortune 500 application corporation, Becky Blalock rose to develop into CIO in a historically male undefined. Now she bargains her personal hard-won suggestion, in addition to that of 28 best woman executives, to teach all aspiring girls tips to dare to arrive the top tier of management and C-suite positions.  

  • Includes suggestion and mentoring classes from most sensible girls company leaders corresponding to: Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of the lady Scouts of the us; Kat Cole, President of Cinnabon; Carol Tomé, CFO of domestic Depot; Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman collage, and Jeanette Horan, CIO of IBM, between many others
  • Features common, sincere suggestion on gaining self belief, conversing up, discovering mentors, studying to fail, development a community of allies, coping with others, and more
  • Written by means of pioneering enterprise chief Becky Blalock, with a Foreword via Anne Mulcahy, former chairperson and CEO of Xerox Corporation

Dare is must-needed consultant for ladies in every single place, at each point, striving to develop the personality, talents, and relationships that bring larger luck within the workplace. 

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