November 13 is sometimes celebrated in the United States as Sadie Hawkins Day. When celebrated it is usually with a social dance gathering for which only girls may ask out boys. The holiday originated from the holiday of the same name created in a comic strip called Li’l Abner, Sadie Hawkins was a character and a homely spinster. When she reached the age of 35, her father called together all the unmarried men of their town and declared it “Sadie Hawkins Day”. He organized a foot race where Sadie would chase after the town’s eligible bachelors. The point of the comic and Sadie Hawkins day is to pretend and see what it is like for women to be in charge and have social control. The concept of women possessing this kind of power is still often considered something left to the imagination, which is something Naomi Alderman goes after with chilling effect with her novel, The Power. One day all women are able to produce electricity from their body, able to deliver pain and physical dominance. In this world, women are the dominant gender.

Book Title: The Power

Book Author: Alderman, Naomi

Dewey Decimal Call Number: FIC ALD

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