Top 5 Tuesday Book Poetry – A Women’s work is never done

The prompt for a few weeks time from Meeghan is to create a book poem from 5 books on our shelf. The poem I created ended up having a feminist vibe, so I decided to publish it on a Wednesday as it is International Women’s Day.

It is called a Women’s work is never done. The first book I used was the biography of an MP Harriet Harman who’s book was titled a woman’s work with the implication it is never done.

The second book Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus is about the struggles of a female chemist in the 1960s. She has to battle to prove herself. She becomes a Mother and compromises by presenting a tv cookery show but she uses it as an opportunity to empower women by teaching them ‘lessons in chemistry’ . I wrote the poem shortly after reading it.

The third book stuck out to me because the title is so fun! So I chucked it in as part of a list of things women get on and do in their lives. How to measure a cow is by Margaret Forster. I like that she did not use her husbands surname to publish her books!

The poem finishes with describing a woman after a busy day putting children to bed. Lullaby is a book by Leila Slimani who is an interesting author that I have seen speak as she is Muslim from Morocco living in Paris. I have also read her collection of essays called Love, Sex and Lies and her other fictional work Adele.

Kiss, kiss fitted with Lullaby. I had not been particularly trying to right a feminist poem so this turned out to be the only book by a male writter. It is a collection of short stories for adults by Roald Dahl.

A Woman’s Work is Never done

A woman’s work;

Lessons in chemistry,

How to measure a cow,

Lullaby, Kiss, kiss

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Big Bang and Femnism

I have never got that much, into Big Bang. But recently, watched quite a few days as on E4. I have not seen latest series, so there are no spoilers in here!

The two main things I do not like, are:

  1. Bernadette’s squeaky voice.
  2. The premise scientists are geeky and can not also be fun, pretty, handsome. In contrast non scientists are pretty, blonde air heads.

That being said, I have enjoyed an episode, I have recently watched. Bernadette is feeling torn about leaving newborn daughter to return to work. She wants to set, her daughter a good example and work. She want’s to continue career started. But she does not want to leave infant daughter and only see her briefly at bad time. She feels bad about what she thinks and does not want to admit it. I think this is very relatable. When she tells Howie, I think his response is wise. He basically shows empathy, by not trying to solve problem and says he does not know right decision either. But he says whatever decision made, it is reversible and their daughter will not remember.

In last couple of days, I have also watched an episode where the guys are thinking of ways to encourage female scientists. One possibility discussed is blinded peer review of research papers to prevent discrimination of women. However, they then decide to go into schools to encourage girls. However, they bore the girls. Sheldon then gets the idea of getting Amy and Bernadette on the phone to talk to the girls. Amy and Bernadette are at the time, having a princess make over at Disneyland. As they talk they do not reveal they are dressed as princesses. Whilst I think women can do more than be princesses; I think dressing in dresses and pink can be combined with being a scientist.