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Isn't It Kind of Funny That?

Isn't It Kind of Funny That?

Author: Jerry Schaefer Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/12/2021

A thought-provoking look into how we live. ‘Isn't It Kind of Funny That?’ by Jerry Schaefer uses the title question as well as a range of other variations to explore the way humans live in order to questions the status quo and hopefully inspire a change. With quirky and entertaining images and graphics all asking “isn’t it funny/strange/mind boggling” that humans act the way we do/depend on what we do/ think of ourselves in a certain way, some of the most mundane things in our everyday lives are called into question. Each chapter focuses on one specific area of modern life, with the intention of making the reader think differently about their lives, or not think at all in some cases, in order to make ourselves more aligned with the universe. While posing hypothetical and grand views of a world changed, a world without cars for example, I think the main takeaway of this book is the inspiration and encouragement to lead more simplistic lives, to be less self-centred and involved in our own thoughts and more aware and considerate of the world around us. This is a quick-read and can offer motivation to look outwards, to others and the rest of the world instead of being wrapped up in your own thoughts as well as to be more mindful in our day to day lives.

Women: DOWN through the Ages

Women: DOWN through the Ages

Author: Jerry Schaefer Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/12/2007

‘Women: DOWN Through the Ages, How Lies Have Shaped Our Lives’ by Jerry Schaefer takes us from the very creation of humanity (both evolutionary and religious origins) through to recent times, describing human life at each stage and the consequences of the slow development of the patriarchy had on women. Powerfully written and, both cynical and scathing at times in tone, The author picks out how “Once men took over the plow, they buried any memory of women’s former egalitarian days”. Alongside this the author also points out that throughout history men are also harmed by the patriarchy, always having to pretend to be something their not: the stereotype of the strong, stoic figure. A satire in the way it uses a light-hearted tone to point out the absurd realities of women’s history, I found this equally interesting and infuriating: entertaining while also fueling my frustrations at the patriarchy and its impact on women. In between each section there’s a quiz, meant to be taken in the same vein as the rest of the book; the multiple choice answers may induce a reaction, even if it’s a snort of derision. Ending on a rallying cry to start over, to move away from the civilisation we have that’s left us “on the brink of self-destruction”. This book explores, pokes fun at absurdity and highlights trauma. It’s a conversation starter about our past, that could open the floor for a discussion about how to move forward.

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