I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education... By Malala Yousafzai.
An honestly enjoyable read and remarkable story at the same time. Malala was so lucky to survive her attempted murder by the Taliban just for wanting to be educated as a girl. It’s sad that this is still happening, but i’m sure many people would agree that Malala’s ordeal wasn’t for nothing, and this book informs you of why she is so deserving of the Nobel peace prize she was awarded. I mean, not many people can say they were shot in the head on their way to school, survived, transported to England and then not only recovered with the help of great health care and genuine interest in recovering to prove that the Taliban cannot silence her. She has now been given the great opportunity thanks to the Taliban who shot her to become an outspoken and loud advocate for women’s education. Many girls in western culture who are Malala age will just assume that education for both genders is a given everywhere. This enlightening read educates you on why education for everyone should be seen as a right, yes, but also a right that for many is still seen as a luxury that they have to fight for everyday. It is not something that we should turn down the opportunity for. Education for Malala has helped her be eloquent in her mission to educate the world about her troubles.
The Descent Of Man By Grayson Perry
The world is changing, this is something that has always been happening. Yet with opinions shared at the touch of a button it appears that those who are a bit slow to progress like everyone else still seem to need some kind of justification for why things like ‘gender roles’ are beginning to look a bit silly. In his book, titled The Descent Of Man, a deliberate comment on male origin by Grayson just from the title, he explores what it means to be a man. Something he does a lot in his great works of art. As an artist I enjoy Grayson Perry. Now, as a writer he has gained a fan in me too. He’s just so knowledgable about such a pressing issue. Many people are still closed minded about issues like gender roles. We never really think about it much in daily life how destructive things like that could potentially be. Grayson is famous for being a ‘cross dresser’. This is a term that seems a bit dated to me personally but it’s a self proclaimed label that Grayson proudly wears. In this book he explores many subjects surrounding man. I’d love a time to come where we can all just live how we want to, which I guess is the sole purpose of exploring this issue in this book. This is why I would recommend this book because it is definitely enlightening and ideally will open minds for the better. Eventually I really do hope this becomes the new normal.