Hottentot Venus: A Novel

By Barbara Chase-Riboud

From the bestselling writer of Sally Hemings comes a unprecedented new novel in accordance with the real tale of Sarah Baartman, a South African herdswoman exhibited as a “scientific interest” within the capitals of nineteenth-century Europe.

Barbara Chase-Riboud’s earlier historic novels received her serious compliment and tested her as a author who daringly transforms the hidden truths of the previous into compelling fiction. In Hottentot Venus, Chase-Riboud recounts the tragic lifetime of Sarah Baartman, re-creating in shiny, surprising aspect the racism and sexism on the center of eu imperialism.

Born within the colony of excellent wish, South Africa, in 1789, Sarah Baartman used to be taken to London on the age of twenty by way of an English health practitioner, who promised her status and fortune. Dubbed the “Hottentot Venus,” she used to be paraded bare in Piccadilly in a freak-show exhibition and subjected to the unabashed stares and crude reviews of the British public, which led to a sensational trial for her custody by way of British abolitionists. quickly later on, in spite of the fact that, Baartman's keeper – who can have been her husband – bought her to a French circus proprietor. In 1814, her new proprietor took her to Paris as a part of an unique animal circus to be exhibited to French excessive society. Baartman persevered unconscionable exploitation and cruelty as medical examiners and prime scientists touted her for example of primitive evolution as a result of her genital “apron” and her well known buttocks.

In an unforgettable saga that levels from Capetown to St. Helena to London to Paris and again to Africa, Chase-Riboud has formed a Dickensian evocation of this icon of clinical racism, whose physique, intercourse, and mind have been exploited, tested, and dissected to turn into a synonym of ugliness and brutality — absolutely the negation of ecu attractiveness, which even at the present time taints our Western ideas of humanity. Sarah, the tragic heroine, conjures up nineteenth-century novels of the “other” equivalent to Frankenstein, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Nigger of the Narcissus.

In Hottentot Venus, Barbara Chase-Riboud conjures up this unusual and relocating tale within the voices of Baartman and her contemporaries, combining years of analysis with the sensitivity and perceptions of a masterful storyteller to convey the tale to lifestyles. Like Chang and Eng and the author’s personal Sally Hemings and Echo of Lions, HOTTENTOT VENUS is a robust, stark portrayal of the tough realities of race—a gorgeous examine the cruelty of interest, colonialism, and its twenty-first century outcomes.

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Paths to Career and Success for Women in Science: Findings from International Research

By Silvester Popescu-Willigmann

Gender equality in technological know-how is a massive problem for better schooling platforms, that are dealing with many constraints. This e-book offers a few of the newest examine findings from Germany, South Africa and Austria on women’s careers in technological know-how and learn. the quantity presents insights into the examine procedure from a feminine profession point of view, and highlights the teachings ladies can study from the findings so that it will advertise their very own careers.

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Bluestockings: The Remarkable Story of the First Women to Fight for an Education

By Jane Robinson

Jane Robinson's Bluestockings is the magnificent tale of the struggle for woman schooling in Britain. In 1869, whilst 5 ladies enrolled at collage for the 1st time in British background, the typical woman mind used to be considered a hundred and fifty grams lighter than a man's. medical professionals warned that if girls studied too not easy their wombs may wither and die. while the Cambridge Senate held a vote on no matter if ladies scholars can be allowed reliable club of the college, there has been a full-scale rebellion. regardless of the unfairness and the bad sacrifices they confronted, girls from all backgrounds endured and cleared the path for the generations who've them when you consider that. via the Nineteen Twenties, being an 'undergraduette' was once thought of rather the modern factor; by way of the Nineteen Thirties, girls have been rising from universities as something from aviation engineers to expert lecturers. Bluestockings tells an inspiring tale - of defiance and resolution, of colorful eccentricity and now and then heartbreaking loneliness, in addition to of passionate friendships, hour of darkness cocoa-parties and wonderful self-discovery. 'Social heritage of the easiest type' Sunday instances 'Modern women desire reminding of the lengthy conflict, and Jane Robinson's fantastic publication does simply that, charting the lives and struggles of campaigners ... yet there's extra pleasure than sorrow' Mail on Sunday Jane Robinson was once born in Edinburgh and taken up in Yorkshire. Her books approximately girls guests and pioneers have verified her as an interesting social historian with an appreciative eye for eccentricity. Jane lives close to Oxford along with her husband and sons.

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The Dance of Intimacy: A Woman's Guide to Courageous Acts of Change in Key Relationships

By Harriet Lerner

In The Dance of Intimacy, the bestselling writer of The Dance of Anger outlines the stairs to take in order that solid relationships could be reinforced and hard ones should be healed. Taking a cautious examine these relationships the place intimacy is so much challenged--by distance, depth, or pain--she teaches us in regards to the particular adjustments we will make to accomplish a extra strong feel of self and a extra intimate connectedness with others. Combining transparent recommendation with shiny case examples, Dr. Lerner deals us the main sturdy, worthy publication on intimate relationships that either men and women might ever encounter.

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Women, Dance and Revolution: Performance and Protest in the Middle East

The international locations of the southern and japanese Mediterranean― Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria―have gone through significant turmoil lately, with civil conflict, profession and rebellion. girls, Dance and Revolution bargains a hugely unique viewpoint at the political and cultural tensions in the course of the reviews of up to date dance practitioners from the sector. It exhibits how those women―all proven performers, choreographers and teachers―have answered to the alterations led to via the worries. via dance they have interaction in public protest and function, undergo violence and repression, and show new meanings of identification, gender and physique politics. Their trips of dance remove darkness from how, regardless of moments of disillusionment, objection and betrayal, being a lady and being a dancer can nonetheless suggest many stuff and impression society in lots of methods within the Arab international.

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Men Are Stupid . . . And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery

By Joan Rivers, Valerie Frankel

Red-carpet model laureate, comedian icon, and outspoken megastar Joan Rivers is uniquely certified to discuss plastic surgery—because she's one of many few celebrities unafraid to confess to the realm what she's “had performed” to maintain having a look so nice. Now, during this no-holds-barred publication, she supplies girls straight-talking suggestion on larger dwelling via taking a look better.

Joan Rivers' abiding lifestyles philosophy is easy: within the appearance-centric society of the twenty-first century, attractiveness is key—especially the place males are involved. males like lovely ladies. And so, getting anything lifted, tightened, adjusted, or got rid of is as basic as donning make-up or utilizing hair conditioner; it really is turn into whatever we do to make ourselves glance larger. Now, for any girl contemplating her recommendations, Joan Rivers takes the secret out of plastic surgery with a realistic review, aided and knowledgeable through the country's most sensible plastic surgeons, of virtually each beauty technique legally played in the USA this day. She takes readers step by step via those whole techniques, from fi nding the precise general practitioner to the bruising fact approximately restoration and the proof approximately beauty surgery's very genuine risks.

But do not worry—there's dish, too. choked with Rivers' own anecdotes approximately existence less than the knife, Men Are Stupid...And they prefer large Boobs can be rife with Hollywood gossip approximately who is performed what and the way usually. half comedian musing, half bitch-fest, and half hands-on recommendation, this can be a bracingly humorous, wildly frank, and certainly passionate argument for a woman's correct to do no matter what it takes to be attractive, to believe larger approximately herself, and so much of all to be at liberty -- not just with who she is, yet who she desires to be. during the ebook, Joan Rivers is true there, guiding and inspiring without apologies, no excuses, and completely no disgrace. Take it from the girl who enjoys having it all—done.

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