- Paperback: 174 pages
- Publisher: Brave New World Publishing (December 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780987898609
- ISBN-13: 978-0987898609
- ASIN: 0987898604
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,856,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our gender studies prof actually advised us to read this book, and I was not that enthusiastic – to be honest, I ordered it to score a few brownie points. Then I stayed up all night reading it – I simply could not put it down! The gender analysis in this book had my head spinning because on the one hand it’s so clear and easy to read, yet it opens up new possibilities and ways of thinking. But the aspect that really engaged me was the analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which I maintain is the greatest television series ever made, and still stands as a beacon of women’s empowerment). I have read just about every analysis of Buffy there is – how did I miss this one? I don’t want to insult the author by giving it all away in a few lines. I will say, read this book and rethink Buffy once again. I have to give this book 5 stars for readability, intelligence and originality. I don’t think our prof should be recommending this book – I think she should be prescribing it! I find some of our textbooks almost impossible to read – they have me banging my head against the wall. I sometimes want to email the publishing companies and ask: “Could you maybe hire an editor before you publish your books?” Honestly, I think it comes down to fame – some gender analysts are so famous that no one dares to edit their books, even though everyone knows their writing is close to incomprehensible. I am not going to name names – if you are reading this, you know who they are! One in particular – but I am not naming names. Anyway, compared to that, this book is a refreshing blast of clear, comprehensible prose. I feel as if for the first time I actually understand some of the key concepts and theories in my course. I cannot recommend this book more highly.