Speaking of affective labor, while little Georgia is finally sleeping in the next room, I found some time to finally finish the first chapter of the Arcane of Reproduction: Housework, Prostitution, Labor and Capital by Leopoldina Fortunati.
It only took me about six weeks.
But, it feels good! I’ve been getting pretty into these retro-rad Marxist-feminists but, four plus years out of college and typically subsisting on a regular diet of sci-fi and celebrity gossip (mostly the latter), I have to admit that it’s a bit challenging. Every few pages, I have to look up a term just to get through the paragraph. Enough to make me blush.
So, any smarty-pants out there who just breezed through it their summer between eighth and ninth grades? Anyone who has read it at all? And, most importantly, do I really have to read Das Kapital? Cause all this time I just assumed it was something that boys used to sound arrogant and out of touch.
bell hooks got quickly tossed aside when Sarah SK finally pushed the first book of this YA trilogy into my hands and I surprisingly couldn’t stop myself from devouring it.
Now, it should be noted that I’m not the most avid reader of young adult fiction. My poor mother has been trying to get me to read the Harry Potters for years now and Twilight just seems like a creepy waste of time. (I don’t care what you say.) But, I take SK’s opinions very seriously and since I’ve finished it, have passed it onto my roommate, my BF, strangers on the street, anyone who’ll listen.
The Hunger Games follows Katniss Everdeen, a seventeen year old woman from a poor district of the nation of Panem (a post-apocalyptic distopian USA) through her performance as a contestant on a compulsory televised teen-aged battle to the death, her political enlightenment and radicalization, her two simultaneous romances, and finally her role as the figurehead of the leftist revolution.
Obviously, it’s an effortless read. Katniss is a badass. It’s equally critical of capitalism as it is of the power seeking left. There’s all sorts of tantalizing softcore that leaves you jonesing for some erotic fanfic–if you were secure enough in your “coolness” to actually allow yourself to indulge in it, that is! And, except for the super boring, super hetero-mono-normative let down ending, is PROBABLY the perfect distopian tale ever.
But, what do I know? Who else has read it? Any thoughts?
After reading a lot of fiction lately, I’ve just recently picked up a copy of Where We Stand: Class
Matters by bell hooks which I’m already super pumped about. I’ve read a lot of hooks in school but, shamefully, never any of her books. From the preface she says that “Nowadays it is fashionable to talk about race or gender; the uncool subject is class.” hooks wrote this book to challenge that stigma and her own discomfort with the issue. I find this interesting because, on the contrary, I’ve felt that within radical and anarchist communities, at least, we find a lot of class reductionism, feminism and anti-racism becoming almost passe. Who’s read it already? Any thoughts? I’ll be sure to share mine when I’m done reading it.