Let Them Eat Steak

The Missouri legislator1 who wants to keep EBT recipients from buying steak and seafood can go fuck a metaphorical duck.2 There are douchenuggets who think that restricting coverage on those things is awesome. Some want it expanded further because3 it should only cover nutritious items necessary for survival. They even want to ban chocolate. Fuck that shit. 

First of all, the steak and seafood are nutritious foods. Seafood, especially. I sometimes buy frozen tilapia filets. They’re very nutritious. They’re also safe for my mom, with her kidney failure that restricts a lot of meal options, to eat. Between my card and the occasional sale by the store, I can sometimes get a few filets.

Secondly, the ones who want to block the buying of other items kinda suck. Chocolate is nutritious. It’s also a good treat when you are eating mainly healthy foods. A doctor actually told me that a piece of chocolate everyday is fine if you’re careful to keep from overeating otherwise.

Third, who the fuck cares what a recipient eats or drinks? You don’t live their life, so you don’t get to decide the food they can and can’t eat. I don’t walk up to wealthy people and say, “Ew. Caviar? You do realize you’re eating potentially adorable mammals. Gross.” But people want to turn it around and say, “You can’t eat that because you’re poor.” Nope. Not your life. Not your call.

Also, when this sort of thing comes up, it reminds me why I have anxiety issues at grocery stores. I always worry that people are looking at the junk food in the cart, but ignoring the fruit, the yogurt, and other healthy items. I had to get a proxy card so that my family can get the food for me. Part of that is from the anxiety related to the cart-judging. I basically hide because I know that there’s a chance that some stranger is going to see my chocolate bars and say, “That lazy fatass is using my hard earned money to make that ass bigger.” The judgment that people have toward the poor can be overwhelming for some of us.

  1. Rick Brattin 

  2. Bestiality is gross, y’all. 

  3. paraphrasing 

Review: Because of Low

Because of Low
Because of Low by Abbi Glines
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As I mentioned in my review for Breathe, I broke my boycott of books by Abbi Glines. I had been hoping that my disdain for the books I’d read was misplaced. And with Breathe, I figured out that it wasn’t. Considering how negatively I felt towards Marcus Hardy in that book, it doesn’t surprise me that in Because of Low, I also found him to be a loathesome, misogynistic miscreant. (Say that three times fast.)

This book is so much more degrading toward women than most books by this author. That’s really saying something because it is a common feature of her books to have women portrayed as objects and toys for the male characters to manipulate, abuse, etc. So when I say that this book is absolute misogynist trash, believe it. Marcus is having family issues because his daddy decided to cheat on his mom. While he hates his father’s decision and often complains about it in his own inner monologues, his vitriol is unleashed on the other woman. The nicest things he calls her is: gold-digger, that slut, and his little girlfriend. He repeatedly calls her a whore. He even calls her a “paid-for” toy. He often suggests that his dad is being used for his money and that that indicates how he’s a sucker. He thinks one time that he might kill his father, but then he suggests that he might have an even more elaborate plan for his father’s girlfriend. That part honestly had me a bit freaked out because it took the sexism into a whole new level of awful.

Marcus has an obsession with stalking and sexually accosting innocent girls. That too carries over to this book. But this time, the innocent girl is interested. He wonders things like if Low knows that her BFF “had bagged” a certain number of women that week. Bagging or being bagged is grotesque. It not only objectifies women, it makes sex sound like something that is done to one party by another, when it’s not. Even in power-play sexual relationships, sex doesn’t work that way. When sex is something done to a party by another party, it’s called by another word: rape. So, we either need to call the sex between Cage and various women sex or we need to call it rape. If it’s consensual, then we should go with sex. If it isn’t, someone should be calling the fictional police department of the fictional town of Sea Breeze to report this sexual predator.

Marcus talks about how he has a righteous fury toward Cage over any possible sexual relationship between Cage and Low. He envies him touching her. Marcus fails to understand that Low is a grown-up. She gets to do what she wants with her body. He gets angry because Low wears cowboy boots when she goes out. They’re so hot on her that he can’t handle the thought of any guy being attracted to her while she wears them. He needs to stop this crap. He talks about going caveman, which is trashy book talk for basically wanting to take a woman back to his apartment/house/mansion and coerce or force a sexual act out of a woman because she’s either pissed him off or because he is feeling insecure. It’s really a degrading phrase for all of humanity.

The author uses the term “female” or its plural “females” in many of her books to refer to women. This is sexist and transphobic language. It’s sexist because it breaks women down to their reproductive organs–female is the term for biological sex. It’s transphobic because not all women are born female and not all people born female are women.

As usual with her books, there are also slams at single parents. Tawny is portrayed as so uncaring that she leaves her daughter’s care arrangements (baby-sitters being lined up) to her sister. She is portrayed as being a cruel individual because she kicks her sister out any time that her daughter’s father happens to be around, so she leaves her sister homeless. There are also references to Low’s mom dying of cancer, which is something that is not uncommon in her books. And Low’s dad is a deadbeat & Marcus’s almost turns into one; these are other things that come up quite often in her books.

There are slams of people who have had plastic surgery–a lot containing talk about breasts being fake and how that makes women ugly or trashier. Low even does this with Trisha. She sees her as a sex object first and can only picture her being good at sex work. This sort of judgment doesn’t work both ways, as she respects her and takes up for her when the guys suggest Low might not be very smart. And if a woman is into casual sex? Oh, honey, don’t even go there. That must mean that she’s an airheaded slut because that’s how they all behave in these books. But the guys who like casual relationships aren’t portrayed as stupid. Lead male characters who have history of casual relationships are suggested to be lacking morally, but that doesn’t keep them from ending up with a girl who has only had and will only ever have sex with them. Yep, the douchebags always get the virgins. I feel like this plot was stolen from an MRA website.

The male characters in the books need to learn to stop ignoring when women say that they aren’t interested. In this book, it was Cage who didn’t get it. But both Marcus and Cage spent some time talking about Low as though she was some prize in a contest, not a person. Cage also had a tendency toward trying to tear Low down. It was presented as a best friend being compassionate and caring, but it was a type of bullying. He tried to ruin any confidence that Low had about her relationship. If he was trying to convince her to leave Marcus because he’s a jerk, I could have gotten behind that, but he suggested that Marcus would leave because Low was too poor for him. Great. Really great friendship you have there.

And, for the love of all that’s good in the world, can we stop talking about suicide and mental illness like it’s a character flaw? It isn’t. These are actual health conditions and do not deserve this kind of crap.

Basically, there is a lot about this story that squicks me out. And that’s not even the more technical facets. The grammar is atrocious. The editing is awful. There’s a lack of development of the story. It feels like Glines writes pretty much the same story over and over. That might be popular with some, but it’s boring for others. I think she might be a decent writer if she would stop doing that and start writing books that she puts a full effort behind.

I am going to try to finish this series, even though I’m pretty sure that no book in it will ever get above a 2-star rating. People who enjoy Glines’ books will probably love this one. People who don’t won’t. It’s really that simple.

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Review: Breathe

Breathe by Abbi Glines

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Once upon a time, I decided that I was never going to read another book by Abbi Glines again after reading books in the Rosemary Beach series. They were books that degraded women and promoted sexist ideas, stigmatized mental illness, and suggested adoption meant that your adoptive parents weren’t your parents. Her books also tended to lack things like plot and proper grammar. Well, I changed my mind when I found the Sea Breeze books in my local public library’s catalog. I figured that if I didn’t have to buy the book that I wouldn’t feel quite as disappointed if it sucked.

I was right.

Of course, I went in with the expectation that the book would be pretty bad, so I shouldn’t have been disappointed at all. But there were still some slight feelings of disappointment. I think they were mainly due to the fact that I felt that a book like this one should not have been published in the first place.

As you have probably figured out by now, I was not a fan of the book. As with other books by Glines, there were serious issues with her writing style. The dialogue never flowed right. Conversations were wooden; they felt forced. There was only one continuity issue that I found, which is better than some authors do. There were some grammar issues, of course. I was a bit taken aback by the capitalization issues with directions. It seemed like no one had been taught that regions get capitalized. I even wondered if maybe I wasn’t remembering my English classes properly. I wasn’t. It was just that the writer and/or the editor failed to recognize it.

There was a lot of repetition going on. One example is the introduction of Dewayne. Over the course of two pages, his name was mentioned six times, including one time where it was misspelled. You would think with that many mentions of him that he was an important character. He wasn’t. I’m not even sure if he showed up at any other point in the book, but I digress. Another example of repetition, in the first twenty pages of the book, Sadie, the seventeen-year old lead female character, complained about the cost of the condoms she bought for her mother. She would go on to complain about that through the book, as well as her mom’s sex life.

Speaking of things Sadie did that were annoying, she was extremely whiny and judgmental. She viewed herself as being superior to her mom because she had never been interested in dating. She was a “good girl” and her mom was treated like some sort of evil, unintelligent, lazy, slutty monster. It was clear fairly early in the book that her mom needed some therapeutic help, but Sadie just wrote her off as being spoiled and selfish.

There was a dependence upon tropes and stereotypes. Marcus, who is four years older than Sadie, was described as a “nice guy” and he behaved in a way consistent being a Nice Guy™. He befriended Sadie when she first started working with him. He was her first friend and she didn’t feel attracted to him, but he was extremely attracted to her–or attracted to what she represented. He would tell her how she wasn’t like other girls, which Jax also told her. (Writers, can you stop using that line in books? No one is 100% like any other person.) As Sadie expressed her body image issues, Marcus told her that he hoped that she stayed “this way. Sweet and innocent.” He basically was telling her that her self-esteem issues made he attractive.

No. No. No.

Marcus also had a tendency to follow her around and always seemed to show up whenever she was crying about something–this was particularly disturbing because the crying typically happened after he shared some gossip about Jax. (He even had his sister stalk her for him.) He was actively working to end her relationship with Jax, which he knew hurt her, so that he could be with her. This is not acceptable. This is not what a nice person does, but it is what a Nice Guy™ would do.

And his badness didn’t end there. Sadie told Marcus that she wasn’t interested in him as anything other than a friend. She told him that she wass in love with Jax. She actually rejected him a few times. And what did he do? He waits until Jax is out of town and Sadie is alone and he kisses her. This was after yet another time where she told him that she wasn’t interested. This is a type of assault. If she hadn’t run away, I wonder if he would have tried to rape her.

You might think that with all this Marcus talk that he was one of the leads. Nope. He was a secondary character. Jax was one of the leads, but Jax was a poorly developed character. As a teen pop star, he had a life that he led in front of the cameras and a different life he led in private. It doesn’t get much more descriptive than that. There was talk of the “old him”, but it was mainly just little mentions of how he had changed at some point in his career. One of the frustrations that I felt towards his character was after the Marcus kiss attack, he flew all the way across the country to rescue Sadie. That felt like he was underestimating Sadie’s ability to take care of herself. In the whole time that they were together, the brooding pop star began making her more and more dependent upon him.

And here’s where I get to another thing that really bugged me about this book. This book felt like Glines took different parts of all four Twilight books and mixed them up, then wrote a story. The love triangle between Marcus, Sadie, and Jax was so similar to Jacob, Bella, and Edward. The annoying behaviors, beliefs, and actions of each character, as well as the levels of character development for each were consistent with those three Twilight characters. I know that the Twilight books are not considered to be particularly high quality writing, but they were so much better than this book’s regurgitation of them.

There were, of course, other little things that made me want to scream. The speech patterns of the various servants who worked at the mansion seemed to be modeled after the slaves from Gone with the Wind. There were regular comments about most girls being materialistic and slutty. There was this association of sexual behavior of women being linked to a lack of self-control, self-esteem, and morals. Sexual women were either super-dumb or super-devious; they were deserving of whatever plight might befall them. Every time Sadie had any sort of sexual experience, something bad happened. Sexist men were treated like they were the perfect specimen of masculinity. It was all very disturbing and infuriating.

If you like past works by Glines, then it’s possible that you will like this one. If you don’t, then you probably won’t.

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Dear writers (especially in YA & NA),

Lay off:

  • the slut-shaming
  • the suggestions that women who date or befriend womanizers need protecting
  • the kisses and other acts (including anal, oral, or vaginal sex) that female characters say they don’t want from aggressive male characters
  • the continuing complaints of the male BFF that he wants more than a friendship
  • that same BFF actively trying to sabotage the relationship of his BFF and her boyfriend
  • labeling male characters who participate in these activities as “nice guys”

This kind of stuff perpetuates a culture where women are disrespected, are afraid, and believe that their feelings/boundaries do not matter. That they do not matter. It harms anyone who sees the normalization of this crap. And crap is putting it very nicely.
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The Time I Asked For a Favor

I don’t normally ask for people to do this, but if you have a Twitter account, can you please report the user wnkpag3.

I’m literally receiving these homophobic comments and death threats because of my included tweet. The tweet I made was in response to the GoFundMe page set up for the owners of Memories Pizza after they publicly supported RFRA.

This user might not mean what they are saying, including other tweets where they are saying they have a planned date1 to attack LGBTQ individuals, but these are still threats. They’re still illegal. So, please, please, please, report this individual.

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I was told by one of my friends on Twitter that the account is showing up as suspended for him. It’s not showing up that way for me yet, so it may still need more reports before Twitter takes the threats seriously. Whether they’re taking them that way or not, I think they’re serious. I’m actually worried and it has taken a lot lately to rattle me online. I’ve also reported the person to IC3.

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  1. June 1, 2015 

I Get It

The #cut4zayn “trend” is something I can understand. I don’t mean turning it into a trend. But I understand being upset enough to react in a self-destructive way. I’ve self-injured off-and-on for most of my life. 

But the first time I cut myself? It was related to a boyband. 

In May of 2000, I had tickets to go to Nashville to see *NSYNC with my dad and Stephanie. I had had a hell of a time getting these tickets. Ticketmaster’s site didn’t work the morning they went on sale. I guess it was overcapacity. I thought I wouldn’t get to go because there were reports that all of the stadiums were sold out. I was disappointed, especially because this was my favorite group and I had missed a chance the previous summer to see their amphitheater tour. I was determined to see them. 

I took a chance at Blockbuster a night shortly after the website snafu happened and was able to get the three that way. 

The week before the concert, I got in trouble for not cleaning my bedroom. I know. I know. That’s a sort of pathetic thing to get in trouble for, right? Well, I did, and my mom said I wouldn’t be allowed to go to the concert. 

In that otherwise forgettable moment, something broke. Like I said, self-injury was not unusual for me, but I’d never done something as serious or dangerous as cutting. Mainly it had been superficial. Even the cutting that night was pretty tame. 

But, as superficial as it was, it helped clear my mind.1

I shouldn’t have done it. My mom changed her mind a little while later. I was still allowed to go to the concert. And I had a wound on my leg that I had to take care of and keep hidden because I knew that what I had done would be something that could get negative attention. So I obsessively cleaned it with antiseptic spray, pulled shorts down to cover it or just wore pants, and told no one. 

Aside from the cleaning, I did the worst thing you can do after hurting yourself: I hid it. And that led to guilt and stress, which made every little thing in life that much harder to deal with. I didn’t tell anyone until December of that year that I cut. And even after that I kept details quiet. I felt embarrassed and ashamed. I shouldn’t have felt that, but I did. Because that’s part of self-injury. 

Cutting myself in May 2000 changed a lot about my self-injuring habits. It didn’t change what was really causing the SI, which wasn’t really the concert–just like I suspect Zayn leaving isn’t causing the cutting by the 1D fans. What led to that one bad act for me was a lot more complicated than being kept from a concert.

I’m not going to joke about the people who self-harm over Zayn. I’m not going to judge them. I’m going to hope that they get help if they’re serious about wanting to harm themselves. I’m also going to hope anyone who promotes cruelty or mockery over that sort of reaction gets some help. 

  1. I’m not saying that as a challenge or as a way to encourage any person to self-harm. 

Where the Books Live

A while back, I was openly complaining on Twitter about my local library’s lack of feminist texts written by actual feminists. I mentioned their account and got this response:

I had actually requested books before this tweet and those purchases were approved.1 I started to wonder what exactly they would actually approve if I started requesting more liberal and more graphic books. The table below has my “findings”.

Non-fiction was denied more often than fiction. Higher quality romance and erotic novels were denied more often than lower quality ones. Books with women as submissives and sex slaves were approved, but ones with Dommes and female switches were not. Books dealing with sex work were denied quite often. Books often associated with being liberal and with liberal movements (i.e. Occupy) were usually denied.

Several of the books that I requested that were denied were part of various series–ones that the library already has at least one book in.23456 Sometimes the book I would request would be the first book in a series. And it would still get denied.

Oh. Remember my original complaint about the lack of feminist books? It extended to the approval/denial process. Of the books on feminism that I requested, 72% of them were denied.

Book Title Author Status Fiction/Non-Fiction Age Group Genre/Topic
After Summer Abbott, Hailey Declined Fiction Young Adult Romance
American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Still Lives, The Abramsky, Sasha Approved Non-Fiction Adults Politics / Economy
Angel, The Reisz, Tiffany Declined Fiction Adults Romance: BDSM/Kink/Non-Traditional
Do Muslim Women Need Saving? Abu-Lughod, Lila Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / Religion
Erotic Slavehood: A Miss Abernathy Omnibus Abernathy, Christina Declined Non-Fiction Adults BDSM
Falling for the Backup Aleo, Toni Declined Fiction Adults Romance: Sports
Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women Acklesberg, Martha A. Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
History of Celibacy, A Abbott, Elizabeth Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / History
House is Not a Home, A Adler, Polly Declined Non-Fiction Adults Memoir / Sexism
I Want It That Way Aguirre, Ann Declined Fiction Adults Romance: New Adult
Infatuate Agresti, Aimee Requested Fiction Young Adult Fantasy
Intimate Adventures of a London Call Girl, The de Jour, Belle Declined Non-Fiction Adults Memoir / Sex Work
Prince, The Reisz, Tiffany Declined Fiction Adults Romance: BDSM/Kink/Non-Traditional
Resisting Citizenship: Feminist Essays on Politics, Community, and Democracy Ackelsberg, Martha A. Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Sex at the Margins: Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry Agustín, Laura María Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / Sex Work
Sex Myth, The Magnanti, Brooke Approved Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / Sex Work
Summer Boys Abbott, Hailey Declined Fiction Young Adult Romance
Twist Akins, Karen Requested Fiction Young Adult Science Fiction
Sometimes Naughty, Sometimes Nice Raye, Kimberly Declined Fiction Adults Romance
Sex, Science, and Stem Cells: Inside the Right Wing Assault on Reason DeGette, Diana Declined Non-Fiction Adults Politics / Science
Uprising, The: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street and Washington Sirota, David Declined Non-Fiction Adults Politics / Economy
Passing of Starr Faithfull, The Goodman, Jonathon Declined Non-Fiction Adults True Crime / Sex Work
Rules for Radicals Alinsky, Saul Declined Non-Fiction Adults Politics
Female Eunuch, The Greer, Germaine Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility Greer, Germaine Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Obstacle Race, The: The Fortunes of Women Painters and Their Work Greer, Germaine Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Immortal Craving Castle, Kendra Leigh Approved Fiction Adults Fantasy
Midnight Reckoning Castle, Kendra Leigh Approved Fiction Adults Fantasy
One Week Girlfriend Murphy, Monica Approved Fiction Adults Romance: New Adult
Second Chance Boyfriend Murphy, Monica Approved Fiction Adults Romance: New Adult
Four Years Later Murphy, Monica Approved Fiction Adults Romance: New Adult
Women’s Room, The French, Marilyn Approved Fiction Adults Feminism
Woman Warrior, The Hong Kingston, Maxine Approved Non-Fiction Adults Memoir
Feminism is for Everybody hooks, bell Approved Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Sexual Politics Millett, Kate Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Gender Relations in Early Modern England Gowing, Laura Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / History
Proposal, The Ashley, Katie Declined Fiction Adults Romance
Pairing, The Ashley, Katie Declined Fiction Adults Romance
The Extraordinary and the Everyday in Early Modern England Walker, Garthine and Angela McShane-Jones Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / History
History of Rape, A: Sexual Violence in France from the 16th to the 20th Century Vigarello, Georges Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / History
Gender and Change: Agency, Chronology and Periodisation Shepard, Alexandera and Garthine Walker Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / History
Women, Crime, and the Courts in Early Modern England Kermode, Jenny and Garthine Walker Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / History
Crime, Gender, and Social Order in Early Modern England Walker, Garthine Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / History
Anything He Wants: Castaway Fawkes, Sara Approved Fiction Adults Romance: BDSM/Kink/Non-Traditional
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center hooks, bell Approved Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Fear of Flying Jong, Erica Approved Fiction Adults Feminism
Full Frontal Feminism Valenti, Jessica Approved Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches Lorde, Audre Approved Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution Penny, Laurie Approved Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton Clifton, Lucille Approved Non-Fiction Adults Poetry
Delta of Venus Nin, Anaïs Approved Fiction Adults Erotic / Short Stories
Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism hooks, bell Approved Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Baise-Moi Despentes, Virginie Declined Fiction Adults Erotic / Crime
Essential Ellen Willis, The Willis, Ellen and Nona Willis Aronowitz Declined Non-Fiction Adults Essays
Story of the Eye Bataille, Georges Declined Fiction Adults Erotic
Yes Means Yes! Valenti, Jessica Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
Purity Myth, The Valenti, Jessica Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
He’s a Stud, She’s a Slut Valenti, Jessica Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism
People’s History of Sports in the United States: 250 Years of Politics, Protest, People, and Play Zirin, Dave Declined Non-Fiction Adults Sports / History
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create Difference Fine, Cordelia Declined Non-Fiction Adults Science / Feminism
Pussy Riot!: A Punk Prayer For Freedom Pussy Riot Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / Politics
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot Gessen, Masha Declined Non-Fiction Adults Feminism / Politics
Missionary Position, The: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice Hitchens, Christopher Declined Non-Fiction Adults Religion / Criticism of Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa: The Final Verdict Chatterjee, Aroup Declined Non-Fiction Adults Religion / Criticism of Mother Teresa

I know that the library can’t afford to buy all of the books. I knew that going in, but some of the denials were more shocking than others. Some of the approvals were also shocking.

Most of the denials were accompanied by a suggestion that I use the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) program,7 which is supposed to be a free or cheap alternative to buying books. That would mean paying $3 to my local library for the request. Then, I could be charged up to around $50. For example, Baise-Moi would cost about $15 if I were to get it through the University of Alabama, $20 if I were to get it through Emory, and $25 (plus shipping) from the University of Illinois system. That charge would entitle me to using it for 2-4 weeks. The same edition of the book is available for $10.53 (plus shipping) through Amazon–new. If I wanted to by a used version, I could pay $4.21 + shipping. It would be cheaper to buy the new or used version of Baise-Moi than get it through the library’s ILL program. And that would allow me to own the book forever. What would you choose? To pay more than the book is worth to have it for less than a month or to pay full price for a book that you could keep.

With the requests and the suggestions to use the ILL program, I’ve learned a lot about the library. I’ve also learned that I need to save up in order to read some books. I probably should also cross some off of my to-read list unless I want to buy them, too.

  1. The Women’s Room, The Woman Warrior, and Feminism is for Everybody 

  2. Summer Boys and After Summer are books 1 and 3 in the Summer Boys series; the library has books 2 and 4 already. 

  3. I Want It That Way is the first book of the 2B Trilogy; the library has book 2 in the trilogy. 

  4. The Proposal and The Pairing are books 2 and 3 in The Proposition series; the library already has book 1. 

  5. Sometimes Naughty, Sometimes Nice is book 2 in the Farrel Sisters; the library has books 1 and 3. 

  6. The Angel and The Prince are books 2 and 3 in The Original Sinners; the library already has books 1 and 4. 

  7. I won’t even start on my belief that ILL is a way of keeping poor people from accessing educational information; and how it causes me to hearken back to the way the Catholic Church used to hoard knowledge away from the poor. That allowed them to maintain control over populations and keep power in the hands of the Church, the government, and the wealthy. It’s part of what led to the Reformation.