The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit (2017, Haymarket Books; 192 pages)
In a follow-up to her best-seller, Men Explain Things To Me, Rebecca Solnit grapples with the subject of silence when it is forced upon entire groups of people by a whole culture. In particular, she digs in to what it is to be a woman in our world, and how silencing has been a tool of the patriarchy to maintain systems of power. Solnit offers indispensable commentary on women who refuse to be silenced, misogynistic violence, the fragile masculinity of the literary canon, the gender binary, the recent history of rape jokes, and much more.
An important and powerful read.
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