Friday, 23 June 2017

Books - Animal by Sara Pascoe

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Length:  319 pages
Genre:   Woman Studies, Society, Philosophy, Feminism, Social Sciences
Author:  Sara Pascoe
Format: Paperback 

This was a book I purchased on a whim when I was in Manchester and we happened to be passing Waterstones. I can't not go in, it's a problem. I wasn't even the one who picked it up, my husband did. But it sounded interesting and I like Sara Pascoe, so I thought I'd give it a read and I'm glad I did.

It took me a while to read this. I read the first 3 Harry Potter books along side it, as the subject matter was very heavy. Much heavier than I was expecting if I'm honest. It starts off very light and funny and she eases you into the deep end.

I can't help but feel that this book should be on everyone's reading list, but early on. As in the reading list for sex education. And when I say everyone, I mean guys too! And while I'm here, I'd like to see a representative book for the male side of things. Equal rights and what not.

I find the humor aspect of this book makes it much more approachable. I'm very easy going and very open to listening, but some of her personal experiences are extremely dark. I was deeply saddened by some of the stories that I read. A lot of the book I could relate to. I too thought I was fat when I was a teenager and when I look back at the photos, I'm not at all. I used to go to the gym every other day with my step dad, I was actually in very good shape! But hindsight is a wonderful thing! 

Sara has approached each topic in a very rational way, yes there is emotion involved, but each point is argued from both sides and it made me think about my own relationships and how lucky I've been. There are some wonderful people in my life, but like she points out in the book, we've all been brought up with the same morals and rules, but we all seem to come to very different conclusions. When I spoke to others about the last section of this book, which is about consent, it concerned me that we didn't all agree. It is something that I had taken for granted that everyone was on the same page with, but it turns out that there are still some very grey areas! 

Anyway, I'll leave you to mull that one over! I highly recommend this book and I'd love to know your thought's if you've read it too! Leave me a message in the comments section.

Here is a link to the book on Amazon -

Happy reading! xxx

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