At least I can say that Penny Young Nance and I agree on one thing: 50 Shades of Grey is nothing but the promotion of physical and mental abuse and NOT a love story.
Okay, maybe there is more than one thing that we both agree on. We both want human trafficking to stop. We both want abuse and violence toward women to stop. We both want women to feel supported no matter which path they choose: motherhood, career, etc. I feel like these are things that ALL women can get behind. So why does this book have a clear delineation between conservative Christian women and liberal women?
Can't we all just work together?
Two chapters in I really wanted to pan this book, I was that angry reading it. I mean, here is a woman who is surprised that people would disrespect Fox News. (Maybe they will stop when Fox News starts respecting facts. Badaboom!)
But seriously, I feel like the author seems to confuse being Republican with being Christian. There are Christian Democrats. (Hello!) And there are plenty of Republicans who claim to be Christian but are definitely not.
I feel like instead of putting down feminists and liberal women, all women should be working together. Don't talk to me about how you don't like mommy wars but then go on the warpath against women who don't think like you do. Conservative women aren't the only ones who care about the issues presented in this book. Whether you're coming at the issues from religion or not shouldn't matter.
I did like that the author calls out the Westboro Baptist Church for all of its deplorable and un-Christ-like actions, but she seems confused when she writes that most conservatives are able to see the difference between a Muslim neighbor and a radical terrorist. Oh really? Well, you might want to tell that to your spokespeople because they're not really doing a good job of getting that message across.
If we're going to throw politics into this, then I think we all need to step back from the propaganda.
You're probably wondering why I chose to read this book, and it's really because I wanted to hear from "the other side". And I did. And I hope that ALL women can work together, regardless of faith, to empower each other, to protect each other, and to create a better world for future generations of females.
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