Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Pop Sugar Reading Challenge #6

PopSugar 2016 book challenge #6. A book translated to English.

This book has been on my TBR list for a while. I just needed a kick in the pants to get started. Nothing like a little reading competition to get me motivated. 

So, on to the book.

BLURB: With humor, rage, and confessional detail, Virginie Despentes—in her own words, "more King Kong than Kate Moss"—delivers a highly charged account of women's lives today. She explodes common attitudes about sex and gender, and shows how modern beauty myths are ripe for rebelling against. Using her own experiences of rape, prostitution, and working in the porn industry as a jumping-off point, she creates a new space for all those who can't or won't obey the rules.

King Kong Theoryby Published April 1st 2010 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN: 1558616578
RATING: 2 stars

It was interesting but ultimately disappointing. This is more of a rant based on the author's own personal experiences. It could have used some broader insight.
If I got to talk to the author at a party I would walk away thinking, Wow! What a fascinating person but as a book, well, there’s just not enough there there. 

This is not a boring read and it’s certainly a quick read, being so short but I would have liked more substance. (I also recognize that I may have gotten more out of the book if I was better-versed in french feminism.)

Despite my two star rating, I wouldn’t discourage anyone from reading it. I think it could be a gateway to more substantial feminist works. But for those already through the gate, the book has no real revelations.

Rating: 2 stars
Where'd I Get It: Christmas present from my sister


  1. I love this book. Despentes' trustworthiness and understanding are stunning. Prescribed for sex examines understudies find fiction ghostwriting and for anybody keen on pondering the human experience.

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