Isn’t That How Equality Works?

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In relation to yesterday’s ranty post, this picture was also posted in response to my comment (reason? I’m not sure. A lot of things were posted in response to my comment about feminism. If you missed yesterday’s post, you can find it here: She’s A Bitch).

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This picture, in particular, really bugged me. In fact, it infuriated me. I didn’t respond to the commenter because, well, trolls. And I figured he’d be too obtuse to get it … and I’d be giving him the exact reaction he wanted.

To me, this picture’s comment does have a point – one that I’ve mentioned many times before – that men can be sexually assaulted.

However, let’s be fair and realistic; it’s not that common for a woman to get a man drunk (and/or spike his drink) with the sole intention of raping him. Even if Josie did really want to have…

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She’s A Bitch

Things Carla Loves

When I was younger, I didn’t really understand what feminism was, or what it stood for. However, through inspirational women, inspirational teachers and influential readings, it became quite clear to me early on that I was a feminist. I think, when I was younger, I thought that feminism meant I couldn’t shave my legs or underarms, dress like a girl, and needed to ‘burn my bra’ and, with those negative stereotypes in mind, I couldn’t support that.

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Later, of course, I learnt that they were just negative (and misguided) stereotypes of feminism, often portrayed by sexist and misogynistic men (and women who, like me at the time, didn’t know better). I learnt, instead, that feminism wasn’t just about women’s rights, but men’s, too. I learnt that while things weren’t even close to being equal for women, in many ways, men were in the same boat. I learnt that feminism was…

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Pride Month Special: Lesser Known Queer Reads

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Hi all! Its Pride Month and everyone has been sharing some amazing queer books, which just makes me so happy! And I thought it would be a good time to shed some light and love onto lesser…

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Book Review: 18th Abduction (Women’s Murder Club #18)

18th Abduction by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro



Three female schoolteachers go missing in San Francisco, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is on the case-which quickly escalates from missing person to murder.

Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who’s seen a ghost–a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco.

As Lindsay digs deeper, with help from intrepid journalist Cindy Thomas, there are revelations about the victims. The implications are shocking. And when Joe’s mystery informant disappears, joining the ranks of missing women in grave danger, all evidence points to a sordid international crime operation.

It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe, and the entire Women’s Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster. 


This was a weird one for me. The fact that 99% of this story is a flashback is strange. They’ve never done that before and it kind of feels out of place. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a flash back because for the first 200 pages I was wondering where Lindsay and Joe’s baby was, but at this point she didn’t even exist.

Flashback or not, there are a few things that Patterson/Paetro need to stop doing. Stop having Lindsay refer to Cindy as “girl reporter” that shit was never cute and honestly it makes no sense. Women as reporters is no longer uncommon. And considering all of the sexism that Lindsay had to face as a cop, why would she add to Cindy’s struggle?

Also, the narrative that Carly was a teacher and therefore a “good girl” is really fucking annoying. Like, “Carly? A sex worker??? It can’t be!” Bitch, do you know how much teachers make? Do you know how much of their own money they have to put up? If you know then you can’t be surprised that Carly and Susan were turning tricks.

I feel for Anna and everything that she has been through. However, the way she got mad at Joe for 1. following protocol  and 2. trying to protect her really pissed me off. This man found you on the street,, listened to your story, took it to his boss and got approved to make the case even though he had no evidence. At the very least, you could stay out of his way and listen to what he tells you. He is FBI for fucks sake. You had already gotten caught spying on Petrovic twice, why would you keep doing it. I hate that she got kidnapped again but Joe really was trying to help her when he told her to back off.

I felt like the ending was a little rushed. They finally, miraculously get a break in the case and Marko tells them where the girls are the very next day? Seemed like they were just running out of time. Also, it was never confirmed that Petrovic killed Denny, or why…

Petrovic committing suicide in the courtroom was not surprising but it was cowardly. I would normally never say that regarding suicide but Petrovic literally just didn’t want to answer for his actions. He literally raped hundreds, murdered thousands and had the nerve to be angry that he got caught. Some men really think that they are fucking high and mighty. It’s disgusting.

So while I was reading this one, I got an email that book 19 comes out in October. I’m surprised because these are usually released in April but…here we are. Hopefully that one is better because the last two have felt off.

3 stars.

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Pride Month Readathons – Sign Up & TBRs


Hi all!

Pride Month is here and there’s so many amazing readathons that I want to join! It was so hard to choose just one, so I decided to join a few instead! Please let me know which ones you’re joining!

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Queers Gone By reading challenge


First up is Molly @ Bi Bookish Babe‘s reading and art challenge, Queers Gone By, which I am a host for! I created the reading prompts for Josephine Baker and Janelle Monáe.

I’m choosing Janelle Monae’s prompts to follow!


Read a book written or set during 1985-present day


Read a book, fiction or nonfiction, about a female musician or actress: Janelle is a singer, songwriter, actress and producer


Read a book with a Black female MC


Read a book with a pansexual main character: in April 2018, Janelle came out as pansexual


Read a dystopian or sci-fi novel: Janelle’s most recent concept album, Dirty…

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May Wrap Up! 2019

Not much happening. This is my busy season for both jobs. But here’s what I’ve been up to. Also, Summer Spotlight is coming up and I am accepting nominations!

Book Reviews:

Other Books Read:

  • Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Other Bookish/Blogging Fun:

Summer Spotlight Series

The Dating Game:



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Now Accepting Summer Spotlight Nominations!!!

Hi friends,

Last year I launched my Summer Spotlight Series which highlights some of our fellow bloggers. The inspiration for this is fighting the stigma that blogging is a competition. We are a community – this means supporting each other.

If you were featured last year (sorry), you cannot participate again this year. However, you are more than welcome to nominate others.

Last year we had 13 bloggers participate and the series ran through July and August. This year the goal is to conduct interviews throughout June, and post them starting the second week of July (after the 4th).

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, post a comment here, send me a message on any of my social media platforms or email

Let me know if you have any questions at all. I can’t wait to get started!


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