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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > April 2019 > What women don’t want

What women don’t want

Three authors explore feminism in a direct and artistic manner

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

Lucile de Pesloüan and Geneviève Darling, ill.

Second Story Press, Ages 12–18

I Am a Feminist: Claiming the F-Word in Turbulent Times

Monique Polak

Orca Book Publishers, Ages 12+

My Body My Choice: The Fight for Abortion Rights

Robin Stevenson

Orca Book Publishers, Ages 12+

RIDING THE MOMENTUM of the Women’s March Global initiative and the #MeToo movement, three new non-fiction books about feminism and gender equality bring the conversation to a teen audience.

What Makes Girls Sick and Tired, by Lucile de Pesloüan, presents a sparse snapshot of sexism around the world – in arty zine style. Each page, accompanied by a stark, graphic-novel-style illustration, addresses an obstacle faced by girls and women: “Girls are sick and tired when men who cook and do the shopping are praised for being modern, while for women it’s just considered normal”; “Girls are sick and tired of contraception and abortion being women’s issues, and that society can prevent them from having both.”

The book succeeds in its focus on inclusivity, tackling everyday indignities as well as broader social issues, such as violence against women and rape culture. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide anything more than a brief line or two about what girls are sick and tired of, and thus comes across as a simple airing of grievances. Apart from a single, positive note at the end calling for solidarity, the book feels bleak and lacks context and depth.

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