Books Are Making up for the Failure That Is Third Wave Feminism

Books Are Making up for the Failure That Is Third Wave Feminism

Stacks of books

I love to read. I can spend a whole day just reading a book if you let me. High School Nora could read four books per-session if she pushed herself to, but she would rather lazily take her time reading just one. I can see myself dragging my future children to the library away from their computers to fall in love with the written word like I did. However, I must admit I have ulterior motives. I would want my children to learn what real female strength is.

I can’t say I’ve ever picked up a book where the females in the book are weak and unable to look after themselves. From A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket to City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, my childhood was filled with smart, sassy and strong females. These characters were respected by both men and women however, that respect was earned, not given. Each one of these female characters had to prove themselves, often by performing altruistic sacrifices or narrowly escaping death. Even after they proved themselves, there were still people who mocked them, but that didn’t matter because they would eventually show why mocking them was idiotic.

And that’s what I loved.

These women weren’t submissive or tame, they were completely equal to men. They fought alongside them, they faced the same horrors as they did and they never backed down. And if anyone tried to put them in a box, they’d bite their fucking heads off.

This what I want my sons to see. I want them to know that a female who posts naked pictures of her chubby self with #FatLove doesn’t deserve the same level of respect as the girl who worked her bum off to pay for university. I want them to be able to make the distinction between a strong woman who will help when things go wrong, and a woman who just stands there blaming them. This is the person I want my sons to be with, so I truly hope they grow up to be worthy of a woman like that.

As for my daughters, I want them to not be brainwashed by what third wave feminism thinks is ’empowering’. Posting revealing pictures of yourself, putting people down so you feel better, thinking that you deserve better treatment because of who are. I don’t want my daughters to have that toxic way of thinking. Anything they want in life, they’ll have to earn it. Whether that’s pocket-money, or a promotion, or love. No man worth spending a lifetime with will simply give you his love or trust.

I think third wave feminism has failed our children. I don’t want my daughters to feel they’re victims from the moment they are born, nor do I have my sons to think they’re to blame for everything. Movies have been tainted in my eyes, they cost so much money to have right and who’s funding that? People like Hillary who want to push an agenda. It’s so much easier to write books so authors aren’t reliant on producers to give them millions to make and promote their product. Books are what are going to save the future generation, let’s hope parents are smart enough to steer their kids away from Fifty Shades Of Grey and Twilight.

Nora Ralph

Student, worker, and Co-Founder of the #Killstream. You can also catch me on TheRalphretort Rundown.

  • scemar

    just some advice, leave some good books lying around and hope the kids find something they like on their own
    because kids can be kids and often when the parents try to teach them to enjoy one thing that just pushes them to something else instead
    that’s how so many sport dads ended with gamer kids and such

    • Toastrider

      You can’t just leave some good books lying around. Nowadays especially, there are an immense number of distractions to tug someone’s attention away from books. Parents today are going to have to be a little proactive. Encourage the reading, whether it’s traditional paper or off a Kindle.

      • scemar

        limiting distractions sounds like an important part too I guess

  • DisneyVillain

    As I’ve said before Hollywood has gone so downhill, I moved on to older films. One of my all time favorites is the 1922 horror/documentary Haxan, which was released in the U.S. in 1968 as Witchcraft through the Ages. It’s public domain so I’ll leave a link in case anyone’s interested. I also love Casablanca, Nosfertu, the Universal Monsters, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and the original 1954 Godzilla.

    As for books, I don’t read a lot I admit, but one book I definitely want is Dracula, especially since he’s my favorite Universal Monster. I also want to read the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

    • “I don’t read a lot I admit”

      Same here, I’m just not all that big on literature. I guess I could blame purple prose for a lot of it. I really don’t need a whole paragraph just to say what color the damn sky’s changing into at sunset, that does nothing but turn me off. In fact, I hate the way some books handle descriptions in general. Like for instance, in high school, I was doing book reports on the first few books in Terry Brooks’s Kingdom of Landover series, and there was a Lake King. I don’t recall them vividly describing his appearance when he first gets introduced, so I just kinda put King Zora from Ocarina of Time in his place. It isn’t until later in the book that they’re talking about how he brushed away his “long, silver hair” or something like that in otherwise throw-away passages, and I’m like “what the fuck, man?” Though what bugs me most of all about books is the way society treats them like they’re high-class and sophisticated, yet watching TV somehow rots your brain (at least back in the day it seemed that way; I don’t see so much of this shitty double standard in more recent years).

      That’s not to say I wouldn’t read at all, just something I never really get around to. More recently, I have made attempts to read some light novels in Japanese (which would be nice to see how they differ from their anime counterparts, not to mention most adaptations don’t even go past the first couple of volumes), but I get so caught up trying to look up some unfamiliar kanji that I couldn’t even make it past the prologue. I’m sure my language skills have improved a bit since then, so I should probably go back to them at some point.

      • heh, well they WERE trying to make up for a lack of visuals, usually. Also haven’t you herd? It’s vidya that’s the “new/old rot!” Why, it’s more dangerous than living in Flint!

        • That’s still no excuse to, as I said before, be holding off descriptions until some throwaway line is made alluding to a character’s appearance several chapters after they debut.

    • Sockpuppet Nora

      If I don’t read, I find my memory and mode is just terrible. I have to read for my well being lol.

      • DisneyVillain

        I know, but you did mention movies so I chimed in. As for books I have mentioned I want to read Dracula as he is my favorite Universal Monster and the works of H.P. Lovecraft as his works have been used in entertainment for decades.

  • 随便看看,随便转转!

  • It’s a shame how many children and young people are so easily hooked into BuzzFeed on their mobile phones and completely swallow every dollop of faeces they are fed from it.

  • Maintenance Renegade

    The ability to make regular temporary tactical retreats into older media and culture to escape propaganda waves is something that only continues to frustrate ideological totalitarians hence their love of book burning etc.

    Pro-tip for those of you unhappy with the directions Disney is taking Star Wars. There’s an anime called “Legend of the Galactic Heroes” and as space opera goes it’s better than any Star Wars film released during the last thirty-five years and there’s about a hundred hours of it!

    • Rayndrops

      There’s also the Lensman books and the anime movie, as well as the Barsoom series. The influence they had on George Lucas when he made Star Wars is pretty easy to see.

  • Cenobite

    I am a bibliophile, and bibliovore if it’s now public domain you will find it here for free. Some of the books are also available in audio format for those of us who listen to books while doing something else. Some of them are narrated by human voice, and others I like to think of as being narrated by Stephen Hawking. Just load an ebook reader app to your phone or tablet and voila you can down load and read away.

  • 感觉很不错的样子!

  • Lost Question

    hey nora have you read any books form the abhorsen series, the mallorean series, the mistborn series, the spellsinger series, pip & flinx series, keys to the kingdom series, or the artemis fowl series?

    • Toastrider

      David Eddings’s works aren’t terrible, but they’re just about bog-standard fantasy fare with some unexpected inversions. I have to admit, the character Belgarath amused me to no end, as he neatly inverted the ‘wise old man’ cliche by being a bit of a dirty old man as well as an occasional drunk.

    • Sockpuppet Nora

      I haven’t but I’ll be sure to check them out. I’m waiting for a book to come out in this series I really like, so I’m going to occupy myself with some other series.

      • Lost Question

        oh? so whats the series your waiting on?

        • Sockpuppet Nora

          I don’t remember but the first book is called throne of glass. It’s a YA, I like to read those from time to time.

  • Heeeeey Nora, not sure if you’re familiar with Patricia Wrede, but speaking of great books for children I figure I’d give Enchanted Forest Chronicles a plug. I hear you on that Hollywood Leisure Wall too, she’s given up on getting any of her books movie-fied, animated or not. She’ll get pitches every now and then or pitch back, but it’s always the same, they want her to make Cimerone infallible before they’ll start setting up. When the whole point of of her few (but big) failings is that she ruined parts of her world pushing too hard. (as the world runs on ‘fairy tale magic/logic’ so going too far out-of-bounds actually nulls it.) Which was the same thing LeGuin ran into with Earthsea, poor ol’ gal.