Ruby Karp was sitting in class one day learning about consent. She raised her hand and asked her teacher, "...why don't you teach us how not to rape?". She was then kicked out of class for "causing too much disruption". That gave Ruby the inspiration to write a book on her experience growing up as a young woman in a society that still continues to target women and throw both shade and blame at almost every little thing they do.
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"Earth Hates Me" is about teenagers navigating social media and embracing feminism. It's basically like a memoir and self-help book for young women, which we desperately need more of because growing up is hard enough but dealing with social pressures and judgment, it's pretty much hell. Ruby wants to prove to adults that the millennials are interested in more than just their smartphones. In an interview with NowThisHer, Ruby said, "Adults are so quick to call us lazy and boring and just obsessed with our phones. But really I think we're the most innovative generation in years. We're all so active and ambitious and so aware of what's happening in the world because we're surrounded by so much culture and we have so much access to all of it that I think we're living in one of the smartest generations in years." You said it, girl!
Amy Poehler loves the book too and says, "This book is filled with juicy young person wisdom." "Earth Hates Me" is perfect for young teenagers growing up in the modern age and also a great read for those who used to be a young teen. They will have a great time reminiscing about being a teen and just getting through high school while juggling schoolwork, friendships, relationships, breakups, makeups, etc.
Here are the topics that discussed in the "Earth Hates Me":
- Young love and heartbreak (which we've all been through — both teens and adults).
- She makes the crucial point that sex-ed classes should discuss both the importance of consent but also teach us how not to rape (because, I totally believe that despite this being 2017, there are some guys and even gals out there that have raped someone or plan on it and do not realize that what they just did or plan on doing is totally wrong!)
- Ruby also touches on the negativity on slut shaming. (There is an excerpt on this here and it's a short and hilarious retelling of the first time she heard the word 'slut' and why she never associated it with something bad or inappropriate.)
- She talks about practicing safe-sex.
- Lots of sections on girl power and embracing the feministic mindset.
- She discusses beauty and self-worth and how it's different for each individual.
- Experiencing unrequited love AKA “the heartbreak of heartbreaks.”
- She talks about mending a shattered heart and includes a healthy dose of her own experiences with failed relationships.
- Failed friendships and how they can hurt just as much as romantic ones. (She also explains how some friendships are only meant to last a little while and not forever, even if they're your best friend.)
- Ruby talks about the pressure to do well in school while also addressing the mess that is the education system and standardized tests. (I am so glad these don't follow us to college!)
- The upsides and downsides of being raised by a single mother.
- There are also plenty of pop culture references thrown in.
- There's even a Q-and-A session between Karp and "Broad City" actress Ilana Glazer.
So there are plenty of things one could relate to in this book, but it's not just for teens or young adults, old adults can enjoy this too. Ruby touches on this often overlooked point that our parents were once young teens too and it may have been in a different time, but dealing with heartbreaks, societal pressures, schoolwork, and rollercoaster relationships are relevant in any time period. Ruby brilliantly states, “We forget that our parents were once young and had lives where they also felt out of place at a party they didn’t know enough people at. Our parents aren’t minions from another planet, and as hard as it is to remember that, it’s important we try to, so we don’t spend every moment hating them.”