Hello humans! You all know I’m a science fiction and fantasy gal at heart, that’s what I love to read, that’s what I love to review. But every so often you need something of a palette cleanser, something a little bit different to break things up. I tend to break things up with key contemporary titles or maybe a bit of literary fiction or similar, but I thought that this time I’d mix it up with a bit of feminist satire – because why the heck not?
He calls me into his office and closes the door . . . to promote me. He promotes me again and again. I am wild with ecstasy.
Imagine a world where erotica was written by feminists: Their daydreams include equal pay, a gender-balanced Congress, and Tom Hardy arriving at their doorstep to deliver a fresh case of LaCroix every week.
Both light-hearted and empowering, New Erotica for Feminists is a sly, satirical take on all the things that turn feminists on. From a retelling of Adam and Eve to tales of respectful Tinder dates, New Erotica for Feminists answers the question of “What do women really want?” with stories of power, equality, and an immortal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
This reads as less of a collection of short stories and more as a series of quips and amusing fantasies about what the world must be like. In the acknowledgements at the end, the authors say that this came out of, if I’m remembering correctly, a conversation online where they came up with all of these amusing satirical scenarios, and it does feel quite like that. At times that can feel a little like you’re missing out on an in-joke, but for the most part, you’re welcomed into the conversation and you can laugh along with them.
It is a very quick read if you sit and devour it all in one go, I’d recommend maybe reading a chunk at a time every time you get particularly frustrated at the world we live in. Accidentally hear someone mention Piers Morgan? Get catcalled while in Sainsbury’s? Find out how much your male co-workers are being paid? Read a bit of this!
I wouldn’t say this is a great escape from those times of frustration, as satire should, it more draws attention to those inequalities in the world rather than hiding them, but it’s nice to know that someone else is angry too!
As I say, this isn’t my normal genre so take my star rating with a pinch of salt, I did enjoy reading this but I don’t think I’d read it again having finished it. I might, however, buy it for a friend who is equally frustrated with the world!
My rating: 3/5 stars
I received a free digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What say you? Would you be up for reading this, when do you need a pick me up? Let me know in the comments below.