What I Meant To Say
A Collective Critique of the Controversial Book

by the Wondering Women


Annette, student at the University of Toronto, writes about David Macfarlane's Boner and Nothingness.

Elise Paradis, Ph.D. candidate at Stanford University, evaluates the validity of the hereditary claims made by J.M. Kearns in How Men Choose Women. She questions the assumptions underlying his genetic determinism in order to put in perspective his 'how-to' guide, destined for women to understand how to be chosen by Mr. Right.

Estee Fresco, student at the University of Toronto, discusses Philip Preville's Shop Like A Girl. Using as a starting point the behaviors and interests of her immediate family, she compares them to Preville's male and female stereotypes and evaluates their validity. She sees dichotomization of gender as a dangerous thing, even when it is done behind a lacquer of wit, and argues for the heterogeneity of perspectives on gender, in order to guarantee importance to all.

Jennifer Keelan, Ph.D., post-doctorate fellow at the CPHS, at Harvard University and at the Wellcome Trust Centre at University College London, reviews Ian Brown's Look and See.

Patricia Braudo, student at the University of Toronto, tries to take "a few step sideways" with Russell Smith's Surrender. Avoiding moralistic claims about sado-masochistic behaviors, she questions Smith's contribution to the discussion surrounding S&M while emphasizing the author's own moral struggle to justify his behavior, and to deal with the not-always-healthy consequences of his exhibitionism.

Sadler Bell, student at the University of Toronto, evaluates Chris Nuttall-Smith's definition of the "Modern Woman" as presented in The Game of the Name. She suggests a compromise for "Modern Woman-hood", arguing that a woman can be fun, intelligent, and passionate about her lover at the same time.