So this will be my last radio segment for a few months as I hunker down and give birth to my second child soon. Strangely, I chose quite dark, depressing books to speak about on-air for this one, which doesn’t bode well for my mood in general, but I think I give pretty good reasons for why it’s important to read books like this. You can listen to the segment here.
I chose The Last Girl by Nadia Murad and The Only Girl in the World by Maude Julien (full written review to come) to speak about, and what I love about these two books is the fact that they highlight a specific strength that woman embody; compassion. We all know women are resilient, this is how the human race has continued on as is (labour ain’t no joke) but instead of curling in on themselves, these women have come through their trauma and dedicated their lives to helping others who have experienced similar challenges. Do men do that? Sure, of course, but women do it with a sense of compassion and empathy that I personally believe is unique to our sex. Girl power!
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Well done for not giving birth during the recording! (Fun though that would have been for your listeners… 😉) Now go and read something cheerful…
hahah I know right?
I will forever think of giving birth as “hunker down and give birth” from now on.
I’m listening to a memoir now called First They Killed My Father, which is about Cambodia when Pol Pot toto over. It’s horrifying. I almost threw up while listening to it just the other day.
oh jeez yah that sounds horrible. On a (somewhat) lighter note, there is definitely hunkering going on when you give birth. Lots of women literally ‘squat out’ their baby. I don’t, but many do!
I know, in the States at least, that there is a movement slowly growing that is trying to persuade women to stop giving birth how hospitals tell them to, largely because the idea of laying in a bed is an unnatural position for the shape of the body and how birth works. Rikki Lake even made a documentary about it.
oh yah, doesn’t surprise me Rikki Lake would do that LOL