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Any Man: A Novel

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Jamar is also treated badly by the media when they publish everything about his attack that could have only come from a leak in the support group and Pear is furious about it as well trying to get Jamar to reach out but he won’t. It's the difference between living your life with actual principles and living your life based on hatred. The story is about a woman known as Maude who tortures men and boys religiously and the reaction of the males affected and the media.

Like they were happy about someone’s downfall, and I think that’s the part of religion I don’t like. Each character receives their own “part” of the book, and although there are no labels or titles to let you know who is speaking, the voices are so unique that you know exactly who is speaking. Out of all the characters, the first victim who is introduced, Donald Ellis, was the one who was the most admirable and easy to respect but I think my favorite was Pear O’Sullivan, an aging stand-up comedian and recovering alcoholic.

All the while the police are without leads and the media hound the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack. It was the assumption that men were in charge and women were to be agreeable and if they weren’t, they were punished. Tamblyn, a poet, activist and actor (she starred in the films The Ring and The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants and as the title character in the TV series Joan of Arcadia), wrote the bulk of the novel while pregnant with her first child.

When he started moving against me, grinding (there I said it) I told myself it was just the bus swaying back and forth. Comps: I've never really read anything like it in terms of writing style and format, but I read it like I read YELLOWFACE this year. The novel opens with the attack on Donald Ellis, while he is drugged during the encounter it is still horrific to read and the way he was dumped to be found was heart-breaking. Tamblyn takes the potentially-cringeworthy concept of a female rapist raping men and makes it potent because it doesn't so much focus on the perp as it does the victims.Each of these three men feels that Maude has taken some essential part of them that they won’t ever get back and they have to live with crushing guilt and shame about their experiences which I was personally say hit home hard for me having been through it myself. We have to recognize that we have the power to make this a different world that isn't ruled by social media trends and how many "likes" your stupid vacation photos got or what you wear or how much you drink or what you do for a living or how much money you make. I do think books and shows, done with good intention, are an extra source of light to shine on the issues women face. I suffered and so did these characters, and Tamblyn shows the very difficult task of trying to move past the stereotype of being a man who was raped.

While Tamblyn says she has never been sexually assaulted “in any of the ways” in the book, she knows what it is like to be a victim of sexual violence. In this novel, we hear about how he shouldn't have gotten drunk at the bar while his wife was at home with the kids. Michael commits suicide, Pear dies from cancer, Jamar goes on to have a family, Sebastian becomes even more famous and Donald has his own activist radio show.I have a cousin who seems to think that converting me back would be some kind of golden ticket to heaven for him.

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