selfishjean

Tag: Books That Have Stayed With Me

selfishjean:

the-library-and-step-on-it:

xgingerbookworm:

In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

1. The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien

3. The Discworld Series (yes, all of them. I am not picking favourites or we’d be here all day) - Terry Pratchett

4. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

5. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman

6. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

7. The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman

8. Frankenstein - Mary Shelley

9. Dracula - Bram Stoker

10. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens (but because I hated it and vowed never to read Dickens again when I was forced to read it at school aged 14). 

I tag whoever the hell wants to do this. Dancynymphydance, I’m looking at you. 

atwellling

We were, as women, were oppressed [in The Pride’s1950s]. We still to an extent – spiritually and emotionally – are. We’re still trying to understand why it’s ok for men to be promiscuous but for women to be promiscuous we’re called whores and sluts. Or we’re still trying to understand why so many women will dress in a certain way and wear makeup for other men, rather than for ourselves or for other women. We’re still, I think, asking a question about should we get married – is our role in life to be a wife and a mother – can we do all of those things now? At a time when we’re doing well in business that puts pressure on us to also be perfect mothers and perfect housewives. So we’re still trying to find our identity and how that’s evolving and how that’s growing.
We were, as women, were oppressed [in The Pride’s1950s]. We still to an extent – spiritually and emotionally – are. We’re still trying to understand why it’s ok for men to be promiscuous but for women to be promiscuous we’re called whores and sluts. Or we’re still trying to understand why so many women will dress in a certain way and wear makeup for other men, rather than for ourselves or for other women. We’re still, I think, asking a question about should we get married – is our role in life to be a wife and a mother – can we do all of those things now? At a time when we’re doing well in business that puts pressure on us to also be perfect mothers and perfect housewives. So we’re still trying to find our identity and how that’s evolving and how that’s growing.

That moment when you’re reading an article on Cracked and your old Primary School is at number two on the list. WEIRD.

Though I will add that the thing in the list happened in 2003, and I left in 1996. My mum worked there (as a lunchtime supervisor, she was not the headmistress in question) though during the whole controversy and I remember it well!