I was so disappointed by this book. I absolutely loved Amanda Lovelace’s first poetry collection, The Princess Saves Herself In This One. I gave it 5/5 stars! I loved the message, the format, and the overall product in general! Imagine my surprise and dismay when I was forced the follow-up book a 1/5 stars.
The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One had the potential to be something amazing. It could’ve been empowering, raw, and inspiring but instead it came across sexist and bitter.
If this book had been written by a male author and the pronouns within the poems were swapped, it’d be considered incredibly sexist. The goal of feminism is for both genders to achieve equality. Feminsim strives to shut down double standards, not create new ones. Men must be careful and deliberate with their words and mannerisms. They are expected to show respect for women, but a women belittling or insulting a man is often seen as a display of empowerment. Talk about a double standard…
I wholeheartedly understand that women have been faced with adversity regarding judgement, gender roles, and inequality for years. However, we don’t become feminists by degrading men. Feminism is not a women’s angry agenda against the male gender. Feminism is achieving parity with men.
There are are ignorant men in the world, just like there are ignorant women in the world. There are men who are bad people, just like there are women who are bad people. The single voice of a male rapist or an abusive husband doesn’t represent an entire gender. Quite frankly, I was offended as a women by Amanda Lovelace’s generalization of men. Not all of us ladies are so hateful! When we treat the entirety of the male gender as one large group of sexist, pigs we create the divisions that feminism strives to eradicate.
Sexism and misogyny have no place in our society. When you see sexism call it out, but don’t attribute one man’s idiocy to an entire gender. Consider your own behavior and words, would they be acceptable if the pronouns were swapped?
We can’t put an end to sexism with sexism. Two wrongs do not make a right. What we can do is try and stand up for one and other. We can try and understand each other’s struggles instead of attacking our potential allies. We can fight alongside each other.
The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One pointed the finger and played the blame game. The collection was a poor representation of feminism and after getting another look at Amanda Lovelace’s beliefs I don’t think I’ll have an interest to read any moreover of her work.
If you’ve read the collection and either agree or disagree with me I’d love to hear what you have to say!