What is funny about an elective mastectomy? Everything, as it turns out, in this heartwarming memoir from the fearless and, dare I say, *perky* standup comedian Caitlin Brodnick. At age 28, Brodnick chose to have a preventative double mastectomy after testing positive for the BRCA1 genetic mutation. Sharing every aspect of her journey – from giving up her nipples, to winning an Emmy for the docuseries produced by Glamour to chronicle her surgery – DANGEROUS BOOBIES is a bold and surprising delight from a writer the Washington Post called “part advocate, part comedian, and part the girl you want to sit next to on the airplane.”
The feminists Crispin reveres are the radicals currently out of favor—Andrea Dworkin, Shulamith Firestone—and “our great weirdos,” the true individualists like Emily Dickinson and Simone Weil, who reimagined society in difficult and intriguing ways—and made people uncomfortable in the process. Feminism now, Crispin passionately argues, is all too comfortable. It’s too firmly invested in the consumer culture to break out of it and create something else. Feminism has become a lifestyle, not a world-changer—it’s just “another thing to buy.” And what it buys into is the same old patriarchal culture whose values of money and power are also successful women’s markers of achievement. But what, Crispin asks, is all that “empowerment” and “girl power” for? She wants feminism to be about more than self-help. Whether or not you agree with her on every point, Crispin’s blunt, uncompromising manifesto is just the kind of galvanizing call-to-action we need right now.
In 2014, Northwestern Professor Laura Kipnis was the subject of a Title IX suit charged by two students who objected to her remarks in a provocative journal article about professor-student relationships. The resulting internal investigation and shady legal process provoked Kipnis to investigate other Title IX suits and to shed light on the ways this system is subject to abuse. Examining her own case and others nationwide, Kipnis considers the effects of assigning increased power to ever-expanding university administration- are students unwittingly inviting a level of administrative paternalism which undermines their independence and enacts a conservative sexual agenda? Whether you agree with her or not, Kipnis raises questions about the consequences of institutional involvement in the personal lives of students which merit consideration.