Riot Grrrl Feminist Book Club: Men Explain Things to Me

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Shelf Life Books
Calgary, Alberta, CA

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Literature is a powerful tool in taking down the patriarchy, and on the last Sunday of every month we will be getting together to discuss a piece of feminist literature. This month, our book of focus is "Men Explain Things to Me" by Rebecca Solnit.

"In her comic, scathing essay "Men Explain Things to Me," Rebecca Solnit took on what often goes wrong in conversations between men and women. She wrote about men who wrongly assume they know things and wrongly assume women don't, about why this arises, and how this aspect of the gender wars works, airing some of her own hilariously awful encounters.

She ends on a serious note- because the ultimate problem is the silencing of women who have something to say, including those saying things like, "He's trying to kill me!"

This book features that now-classic essay with six perfect complements, including an examination of the great feminist writer Virginia Woolf 's embrace of mystery, of not knowing, of doubt and ambiguity, a highly original inquiry into marriage equality, and a terrifying survey of the scope of contemporary violence against women."
-Haymarket Books

This event is open to everyone regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race or religion. This event is a safe space for everyone who wishes to attend. Sexist, homophobic, trasphobic, racist, abelist, ageist, or hateful language/actions of any kind will not be tolerated.

This is a FREE event, however, we will also be taking donations of sanitary products (tampons, pads, etc.) to be donated to the Calgary Women's Shelter. Additionally, Shelf Life will be carrying copies of "Men Explain Things to Me" in their store, and 10% of every copy sold will be donated to the Calgary Women's Centre.

We also acknowledge that our event will take place on the land of the Treaty 7 People, The Blackfoot from Kainai, Cree, Blood, Siksika, and Peigan, The Sarcee from Tsu’tina and Eden Valley, and the Stoney Nakoda people from Morley. We acknowledge all treaties; fulfilled and broken. We are all treaty people, visitors to this land and we give thanks to the people who came before and keep this land for us and all our future generations.