Well this is very short, but recommended by a friend who wanted to remind me that I can slow down! Designed for kids, good for adults!
There was plenty in this book to get involved in – in a world where women have all the power, this tells the story of how it started (so I’m guessing there’s more that could come in another book). The author had support from Margaret Attwood whilst writing and a clear endorsement so no surprises that a few ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ish type insights. Dystopian/utopian books have always been an interest of mine – imaging the world in a different way – jolts one out of the expectations of ‘the norm’ … but I was able to put the book down at points so …
I was recommended this book whilst I was reading ‘The Power’, and it was one that certainly kept me reading fast. The insights into how miserable the diet industry are and how they keep women (in particular) trapped are no big surprise but well put across. The violence from a feminist activist group is a little terrifying but no different from many dystopian novels that imagine what would happen if the status quo were turned over – and women as objectified beings challenged by a group that stops the media sharing eg page 3. Interesting.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.