The herd mentality

The Cows Book Cover The Cows
Dawn O'Porter
humour, contemporary, literary fiction
HarperCollins
April 6, 2017
464

Fearlessly frank and funny, the debut adult novel from Dawn O'Porter needs to be talked about. COW [n.] /kaʊ/ A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd. Women don't have to fall into a stereotype. THE COWS is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice. It's about friendship and being female. It's bold and brilliant. It's searingly perceptive. It's about never following the herd. And everyone is going to be talking about it.

Well, not a book for those with a genteel mentality about how life can or ought to be lived by the young and fearless women of today.

It is frank about sexuality and Tinder and one-night stands.  It explains through the medium of a blog why women might not want children and why a single life with a young lover can be better for some women than marriage and 2.5 children.

And it demonstrates just how much there is a double standard when women are caught enjoying their sexuality as against men. And how the herd mentality works against women who don’t live by the conventional rules.

A great book for feminists and young women. We need to tell our young women that pink frilly dresses and blonde curls, and cute button noses and all that are not an essential requirement for success. And that we should applaud those who break the mould and become Chief Engineers and Space Scientists and childless by choice.

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Flying around

Spitfire Girls Book Cover Spitfire Girls
Carol Gould
warfare, planes, WWII, fiction, feminisim
Random House
May 21, 2009
624

Top-class pilots were crucial to the survival of Great Britain during the dark days of the Blitz, and playing a vital role in fending off the German attack were the women's section of the Air Transport Auxiliary, a close and dedicated circle of female pilots. In the midst of events that would shape history, these women risked their lives to ferry aircraft day and night from factory to the arena of war, and lasting friendships were born. Together, Edith Allam and her fellow pilots faced Nazi terror, class prejudice, and the forbidden romances of wartime - yet their remarkable strength carried them through. Spitfire Girls evokes all of the drama of this extraordinary period of history, and is a tribute to the heroism of these brave women, without whom the Battle of Britain might never have been won. Truly inspirational, it is the tale of adventure, courage and the relationships that shape all of our lives.

What would you have done if you were a young girl during the years of World War 2? how brave would you have been? Would you have worked in a factory? Or joined as a nurse? Or flown a plane?

Well some lucky girls, who had learned to fly before the war did just that – they flew planes – Spitfires and others as the Air Transport Auxiliary – ferrying planes around to where they were needed from the factories and from repair yards.

They were discriminated against because the male hierarchy didn’t believe just how good they were at flying planes even though some had been stunt pilots in their previous careers. But despite this they flew what tey were given and delivered it – they ferried over 57,000 Spitfires; 29,000 Hurricanes; 26,000 Wellingtons; and 10,000 Lancasters amongst many more – some 300,000 airplanes in total.

168 pilots, many Australian and American were involved and you read more in this story in the Daily Mail:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3194754/The-female-Guns-World-War-II-Inside-RAF-s-woman-ferry-squadron-rubbed-shoulders-men-flew-Spitfires.html  on 12 August 2015 by Ruth Stiles.

But once the war was over they could no longer fly – for the Armed Forces – it was men’s work after all!

This book really tells us a story of true courage and indomitable will amongst a number a women who are largely forgotten and tells it well. Whilst being fiction it is based on fact and thus is really history in a very enjoyable form.

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