Thursday, August 9, 2012

Literate & Stylish: Jes of The Militant Baker

The premise of Literate & Stylish is simple, and the post is short but sweet- every Thursday I'll be showcasing a lovely lady and her favorite book. She'll share a few pretty photos showing off her personal style, along with her book of choice, and tell us why she loves it. 

from Jes of The Militant Baker

Cunt: A Declaration of Independence by Inga Muscio

Hello literate and stylish ladies! And hello gorgeous Danielle! Thanks for having me here at Sometimes Sweet... I cannot wait to share my favorite ever book with you... (drum roll please)... Cunt: A Declaration of Independence. I grew up in a pretty confining woman silencing religious culture for the majority of my life. My childhood was glorious, but as I grew into womanhood I could start to feel my critical thinking and rebellious nature welling up inside of me. After returning home from college, I started working at an alternative bookstore and this book was placed in my hands by a woman I will forever be indebted to. I read it in a day. And then I read it again! This is the book that gave me the permission I so desperately needed to explore myself  and find out who I really am. This book burst open the floodgates for the rest of my life. To me, it is freedom. Dramatic? Kinda. Accurate? Hell yeah!

Inga Musico lives her life dedicated to reclaiming the word "cunt". She explores the history of the "demeaning" words we throw around today, the potential within women communities, sex-positive birth control, holistic healing, personal empowerment and protection, womanifestos and a lot lot lot more. This book was first written in 1998, and definitely touts an aftertaste of the Olympia Riot Grrrl movement which personally, I love.

I'd like to share my womanifesto that I wrote after reading this book. It is from years ago, but it still holds an exceptional amount of power for me. I think it might also give you insight into the flavor of this revolutionary book. Note: back then, I only wrote in lowercase letters:) Read it here.

The view presented within Cunt is very "radical" since it emerged from heightened oppression. Feel free to read with a discerning eye, but I would suggest also reading with a wide open mind. See what happens for you. Even if I were a verbose poet with all the time in the world, I could not put unto words how much power this little book holds. And, likewise, how much power we hold within ourselves. Give it a whirl. See if it don't rock your world, girlfriend.

see previous Literate & Stylish posts here.
I used Amazon Affiliate linking in this post. To visit Amazon without my affiliate link, click here.


  1. I just finished reading this - one of the best books I've read in a long time! I got through it in two days.

  2. I am such a fan of this series! I am totally getting mine ready this weekend before I am scooped. Cunt is one I've been meaning to get around to reading for a while now but keep putting it off in favour of escapism. Very weak of me.

  3. This has been on my to-read list for quite some time. Can't wait to dive in!

  4. Very cool. I'm going to check it out. Adorable pics btw!

  5. I love these! Found some of my favorite books this way!

    Amanda Rose

  6. Wow, never heard of this one but so glad it helped open up your eyes!
    Also, I absolutely love the color of that dress. =]

  7. I've never heard of this book before, but now might have to track it down. It sounds like something my mother might like to read (I was very lucky to have such a forward-thinking mother. Our girl scout troop spent a lot more time learning about feminists, getting comprehensive sex ed. talks etc. and a lot less time learning to sew or cook with her at the helm). Its so neat to read about how empowered you felt after reading it and how it changed you. Those types of books are the best.

    I also enjoyed the photos.

  8. Sounds like a future recommendation for my book club!

  9. How flippin cute is she? And yeahhh riot grrl. I will def check it out! <3

  10. I just bought this!
    Can't wait to read it.

  11. Will defiantly be reading this one!!!! Thank you!

  12. this is one of my faves! love it or hate it, it definitely leaves an impression LOL it changed some fundamental beliefs I had about being a woman; highly recommended. regardless of how you feel about it, read it through to the end - you will probably learn at least 1 amazing thing about your body. the female human body is truly amazing. I asked for a mirror at my next doctor's appointment after reading this book - it was the coolest thing I've ever seen ;-) and yes, when you're pregnant, it really can turn blue-ish!

  13. I read this book in my early 20s and feel it is a must read for all women. It's one of the most empowering books I've ever read and feel it greatly contributed to me becoming me.

  14. This book is amazing. I read it years ago and I go back to it for little boosts now and then. I believe all women should own this book!

  15. Theѕe are genuinelу impressiѵе ideas in about blοggіng.
    You haѵe touched sοme gοod points here.
    Any ωау keep up ωrіnting.

    Visit mу blοg; payday loans