Deadly Waters by Dot Hutchison

If I could write a book, this is the one I would write!

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Deadly Waters is an anthem to the “Me Too” movement. It is for all of the women who have ever had to clean themselves up in a bathroom, dried their tears with their friends in a stall, been told they should not have been somewhere, should have worn something different, looked different, just been pleased someone noticed them. This is for women who have been groped in the workplace, who were threatened with lesser grades if they didn’t comply with professors, who batted eyelashes at their bosses to keep their jobs. This is for those who testified against Supreme Court nominees only to see that POS sitting on the highest court of the land. It is for women every where, even those too brainwashed by a male dominated culture to know it is for them.

Eight college women living in a suite at a Florida university know about all of these things. They go to bars where they are touched, groped, have to walk in pairs, watch their drinks so they don’t get tanked and still end up attacked in the parking lot. It is about someone’s revenge against the worst of the aggressors – because this world knows you cannot deal with them all – by feeding them to the alligators who are in the swamps near the campus.  The author grapples with the emotions that all of the women are going through – shock, joy, relief, horror, more joy, the “what-ifs” and we, as a reader, take that journey with them.

Admittedly, even as devout feminist, my first reaction was “why do these girls keep going to these bars!?”  Wait, back that up. WHY don’t these men stop harassing women at bars, drugging their drinks!? You see, I’m originally from the south and I know a thing or two about southern universities and specifically I know about Florida and Arizona universities because they are diving schools. They are the worst. The things written in this book are accurate. It IS this bad. I’m not at all appalled that a woman began doing something about it herself because we have all sat by over the past decade and seen what is done to the men who are accused – NOTHING. EVER. And yet, other readers and reviewers have the audacity to say that the book is about hate? You bet it is! I am enraged at what our society has become. That readers can review books about male serial killers until the cows come home and love them but because this one is about a female, about women who actually are happy that men finally have to meet justice for the horrors that they perpetrate on women,  then female reviewers have their delicate sensibilities in an uproar. Shame on you! How many of us have been in the same situation? How man of us – even on places like Facebook and Goodreads – have to block the trollers who will not leave us alone just because we have tits!? And you think this book is about hate!? No – the world men have created is about hate and it is called misogyny!

I loved the book. I think it should required reading for women just so their minds are opened because, apparently, far too many have been brainwashed by society for far too long. I also love the fact that, because I did not receive this book from a publisher I am able to write an honest review my true opinions and not some watered down version of what I really think. It’s refreshing to be able to do that for a change.

 

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