Usually, I’m not a fan of serious books on serious topics. But for Hela Kakan, I’ll make an exception.
For those of you unfamiliar; Kakan is a well-known face in Swedish media. I know and love her primarily as a radio host; I still miss her in PP3. And Morgonpasset.
Anyway. There are people who don’t feel quite the same way. Being the feminist and lesbian that she is, and quite outspoken too, her mere existence offends a lot of people.
Let’s move on to the book! It’s off to a brilliant start:
I was under the impression this was a biography. Or rather, it is a biography, but very untraditional at that. Bascially, she’s picked a number of topics, or issues, and put these in the context of her life. Now this! It’s exactly how I like my biographies served; no chronological order, no relate every boring detail, just random events arranged in whichever way.
The length is also a selling point. It’s the size of a children’s book; large page, hardback cover, thin volume. It’s a mere 170 pages, easy breezy read!
This book should be translated and read in all schools.
What she mainly deals with different feminist issues in a way that’s easily accessible. Cannot help but love this book.
Main point in case: anyone quoting or referring to Carin Holmberg, I cannot help but love. Carin is a researcher who studied the power relationship between the genders in heterosexual relationships, and wrote a book about it, back in the early 90s. The title of the book is Det kallas kärlek [It’s called love]; the fact that this book is not studied in all schools is a crime.
The part Kakan quotes is about how the assumption that women and men have the same goal when it comes to gender equality. We didn’t way back when Carin did her research nearly 20 years ago, and we still don’t. It goes without saying that is an important problem.
While this is a serious topic and she treats it as such, Kakan is funny too. I mean obviously. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: feminists have the best sense of humour. For example, I like this part, where she jokes that maybe the title of the book should have been My struggle against becoming the woman of your dreams. If she’s not writing this book, someone really should.
She’s also got a knack for illustrative examples. A favorite is this one, where she explains how tiresome it is that some men have the need to comment on women’s sexuality in all sorts of irrelevant contexts:
Another of the issues Kakan deals with is body positivity.
And her will to change, it’s admirable and inspiring.
There are so many reasons to love this book, this was just a few of them.
Lots of love!