Challenge Roundup for October 2009

Another month, another challenge complete. I actually picked up my reading pace and finished the RIP 4 Challenge just in time.

*Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (Sept)
*Haunting Bombay by Shilpa Agarwal (Oct)
*We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson (Oct)
*Rises the Night by Colleen Gleason (Oct)
*Short Stories by Daphne DuMaurier

I read just one book for The 3rd Canadian Book Challenge this month, The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood.

Lastly, I'm joining the Women Unbound Challenge. I try not to join too many challenges but this one speaks to me. I'm not sure whether I'm going to be a Philogynist or a Bluestocking. I haven't made my list yet but I do want to read Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte.

The ladies on the Women Unbound blog have a meme for participants:

1. What does feminism mean to you? Does it have to do with the work sphere? The social sphere? How you dress? How you act?
2. Do you consider yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
3. What do you consider the biggest obstacle women face in the world today? Has that obstacle changed over time, or does it basically remain the same?

1. These are some big questions. I guess feminism to me means promoting the freedom and rights of women around the world. Men and women are different, yes, but equal. Both sexes have a right to happiness without one dominating the other. It doesn't matter how you choose to leave your life as long as it's the life you've chosen and not forced upon you by someone else.

2. According to my own definition then yes I am. The word itself often conjures up negative stereotypes that are unfair. I think one can be a feminist without sacrificing one's femininity.

3. It might be controversial but I think women themselves can be the biggest obstacle. I wish that women could be more accepting of one another. No matter what choices you make, there will always be people out there ready to criticize you. And often those people are female. Someone always thinks they can do it better or their way is the right way. There are so many important women's issues that we should be focusing on. All that energy wasted picking on each other could be used to help each other. Your issue might not be my issue but I should support you because it's a "women's issue".

I hope that made sense.

So that was my month in challenges. How was yours? Please leave a link.


  1. I completely agree with you on women being our own worst enemy. Great responses :-)

  2. Congrats on finishing the RIP challenge and good luck with the new one.

  3. I 2nd Aarti! All of your responses are spot on. Glad you're joining the challenge.

  4. I'm in on the Women Unbound challenge too, and sadly, I fully agree with your answer to the third question in the meme.

  5. Congrats on finishing the RIP Challenge! I am thinking about joining the Women Unbound Challenge as well.

    Here is my Challenge Roundup:

  6. I enjoyed reading your answers though I confess I am surprised by how few participants talk about the violence and abuse that women here and around the world are subjected to. That's a woman's issue we all can rally against.

  7. Aarti & Kathy- Thanks!

    Browngirl- I'm looking forward to it.

    Florinda- It is sad.

    Teddy- Do it!

    Marg- I'll check it out.

    Susan- I guess I kept my answer pretty broad but freedom does include freedom from abuse.

  8. I haven't picked my commitment level for the Unbound challenge yet, either, but I plan to soon!


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