Horse Crazy

Horse Crazy❮Epub❯ ➡ Horse Crazy ➠ Author Jean O'Malley Halley – Bluevapours.co.uk Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses Jean O'Malley Halley a self professed horse girl contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the man Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses Jean O'Malley Halley a self professed horse girl contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it comes to gender Halley examines how popular culture including the pony book genre uses horses to encourage conformity to gender norms but also insists that the loving relationship between a girl and a horse fundamentally challenges sexist and mainstream ideas of girlhood Horse Crazy looks at the relationships between girls and horses through the frameworks of Michel Foucault's concepts of normalization and biopower drawing conclusions about the way girls' agency is both normalized and resistant to normalization Segments of Halley's own experiences with horses as a young girl as well as experiences from the perspective of other girls are sources for examination Horsey girls as she calls them are girls who find a way to defy the expectations given to them by society thinness obsession with makeup and beauty frailty and gain the possibility of freedom in the processDrawing on Nicole Shukin's uses of animal capital theories Halley also explores the varied treatment of horses themselves as an example of the biopolitical use of nonhuman animals and the manipulation and exploitation of horse life In so doing she engages with common ways we think and feel about animals and with the technologies of speciesism.

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  • Horse Crazy
  • Jean O'Malley Halley
  • 11 January 2016
  • 9780820355269

10 thoughts on “Horse Crazy

  1. Rebecca L. says:

    Why do girls love horses? On the surface it seems like a simple uestion Why do girls love horses? I’ve often wondered this throughout my life but few people have stopped to consider this cultural phenomenon beyond simple established gender norms Reading Horse Crazy was refreshing because I felt as if someone was finally taking my uestions seriously Often issues related to women including women writers and women’s interest are overlookedHalley begins with a history of the horse starting all the way back in prehistoric times Then she provides a cultural survey of horses and horse literature She also explores how writing about horses as well as a love of horses in general has helped to forge a space where women are able to express themselves free from the male gazeAccording to Halley defining oneself as “horse crazy” allows a third option for girls who may not normally within the confines of society While modern feminism often argues that women find fulfillment in the workforce and modern conservatism argues that women should find fulfillment through raising children and homemaking being horse crazy provides a third option In this option women are able to find fulfillment simply from the enjoyment of life through the experience of riding and forging a relationship with another creatureMy mother taught me to love horses Growing up I have vivid memories of my mother’s deep and passionate love for horses Some of my mother’s fondest memories of her own childhood were the many hours that she spent on horseback For a variety of reasons I was not able to have my own horse when I was young Instead I had a tiny wooden stable made by my grandfather where my Breyer horses lived in stalls along side My Little PoniesI learned to love horses because my mother loved horses Then years later when I was in seventh grade my mother was able to afford for me to take horseback riding lessons The minute I saw the beautiful and majestic animals up close I was in love As my own story shows the love of horses can be a bond that helps to hold multiple generations togetherBut why are so many girls horse crazy? As an adult I’ve worked with children in an educational environment Without fail there are always young girls who are infatuated with horses I became even curious because I slowly realized that many of these young girls who loved horses and unicorns had never even had the opportunity to ride an actual horseReading Halley’s book was refreshing because it felt as if I finally had the opportunity to sit down with a well spoken and very well educated friend and talk through these uestions She uses stories from her own personal history with horses some of which made me cry as well as different sociological and psychological frameworks She also shares results from an interview she conducted with self identified “horse crazy” women The results especially the way “horse crazy” impacts members of the disability community were fascinatingI recommend Horse Crazy for any animal lover who enjoys reading college level text books If you’re a giant nerd like me who also happens to love horses this book will be perfect for you Note I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review My thoughts and options are my own

  2. Christine Meunier says:

    Pony books for horse crazy girls are an incredible genre as Jean O’Malley Halley’s book Horse Crazy Girls and the Lives of Horses explores How the horse girl relationship can empower children young adults and even adults is explored throughout the chapters of Halley’s book Read at

  3. Barbara says:

    I remember while growing up always having a girl or two in each class at school that was crazy about horses I would catch them doodling drawing or reading about horses However I did not understand their love of horses at allMs Halley the author describes her relationship with her father and how one day he surprises her by giving her a horse for no reason at all She experiences real love by caring riding and spending as much time with her horse as possible The author provides many detailed accounts as to how beneficial it is for girls to be infatuated with these beautiful magnificent mammals To a person without experience simply the size of a horse can be very intimidating A womangirl can feel a sense of power freedom and being bigger and stronger because of horsesWhile I did not agree with everything that Ms Halley mentions in her book there sure were a lot of interesting perspectives with research to back them up To me it read a little like a research essay in parts and was a little on the heavy side with much concentration reuired to understand everything mentioned There is a section on horse history and evolution; which was very interesting An incredible amount of research went into this book Even a person like myself that is not crazy about horses will enjoy the stories in this book immenselyThe author interviewed many girls and women I found the chapter called Life Death and Rescue very touching and felt very emotional while reading about the death of the horses mentioned I became very angry and frustrated about the practice of shipping horses to Mexico and Canada in order to be slaughtered I can't believe this actually happens in this day and age Humans can be so cruel Very disturbing informationThere are girls that have never been near a real horse Instead they play with toy horses such as My Little Pony Even though they are limited in the experiences they gain from this; ie no cleaning manure or taking care of a sick or injured animal; it is still a great way for them to learn to love horsesFor me this was such an interesting book Thank you to Ms Halley for sending me an autographed copy of this book which I received as a prize through Goodreads I am so glad I read it

  4. Phi Beta Kappa Authors says:

    Jean O HalleyΦBK Colorado College 1989AuthorFrom the publisher Horse Crazy explores the meaning behind the love between girls and horses Jean O'Malley Halley a self professed horse girl contends that this relationship and its cultural signifiers influence the manner in which young girls define their identity when it comes to gender Halley examines how popular culture including the pony book genre uses horses to encourage conformity to gender norms but also insists that the loving relationship between a girl and a horse fundamentally challenges sexist and mainstream ideas of girlhoodHorse Crazy looks at the relationships between girls and horses through the frameworks of Michel Foucault's concepts of normalization and biopower drawing conclusions about the way girls' agency is both normalized and resistant to normalization Segments of Halley's own experiences with horses as a young girl as well as experiences from the perspective of other girls are sources for examination Horsey girls as she calls them are girls who find a way to defy the expectations given to them by society thinness obsession with makeup and beauty frailty and gain the possibility of freedom in the processDrawing on Nicole Shukin's uses of animal capital theories Halley also explores the varied treatment of horses themselves as an example of the biopolitical use of nonhuman animals and the manipulation and exploitation of horse life In so doing she engages with common ways we think and feel about animals and with the technologies of speciesism

  5. Rebecca L. says:

    Why do girls love horses? On the surface it seems like a simple uestion Why do girls love horses? I’ve often wondered this throughout my life but few people have stopped to consider this cultural phenomenon beyond simple established gender norms Reading Horse Crazy was refreshing because I felt as if someone was finally taking my uestions seriously Often issues related to women including women writers and women’s interest are overlookedHalley begins with a history of the horse starting all the way back in prehistoric times Then she provides a cultural survey of horses and horse literature She also explores how writing about horses as well as a love of horses in general has helped to forge a space where women are able to express themselves free from the male gazeAccording to Halley defining oneself as “horse crazy” allows a third option for girls who may not normally within the confines of society While modern feminism often argues that women find fulfillment in the workforce and modern conservatism argues that women should find fulfillment through raising children and homemaking being horse crazy provides a third option In this option women are able to find fulfillment simply from the enjoyment of life through the experience of riding and forging a relationship with another creatureMy mother taught me to love horses Growing up I have vivid memories of my mother’s deep and passionate love for horses Some of my mother’s fondest memories of her own childhood were the many hours that she spent on horseback For a variety of reasons I was not able to have my own horse when I was young Instead I had a tiny wooden stable made by my grandfather where my Breyer horses lived in stalls along side My Little PoniesI learned to love horses because my mother loved horses Then years later when I was in seventh grade my mother was able to afford for me to take horseback riding lessons The minute I saw the beautiful and majestic animals up close I was in love As my own story shows the love of horses can be a bond that helps to hold multiple generations togetherBut why are so many girls horse crazy? As an adult I’ve worked with children in an educational environment Without fail there are always young girls who are infatuated with horses I became even curious because I slowly realized that many of these young girls who loved horses and unicorns had never even had the opportunity to ride an actual horseReading Halley’s book was refreshing because it felt as if I finally had the opportunity to sit down with a well spoken and very well educated friend and talk through these uestions She uses stories from her own personal history with horses some of which made me cry as well as different sociological and psychological frameworks She also shares results from an interview she conducted with self identified “horse crazy” women The results especially the way “horse crazy” impacts members of the disability community were fascinatingI recommend Horse Crazy for any animal lover who enjoys reading college level text books If you’re a giant nerd like me who also happens to love horses this book will be perfect for you Note I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review My thoughts and options are my own

  6. Abby Outterson says:

    This book didn’t uite give me what I was looking for I was hoping to get a history that would explain how horses transitioned from the realm of the masculine to the feminine in American culture I do feel like I got a sense of that but the dots weren’t really connected in this book the way i would have liked This felt like a dissertation on horse loving girls from a horse loving woman While I found her personal history interesting it wasn’t what I thought I signed up for I did appreciate learning about horse literature in the US and England especially the distinction that the trend of the young horse loving protagonist being female started in British literature while they were mostly male in American literature As horses became less useful with the advent of cars they came to represent leisurely activities brining a love for them into the realm of women According to the author as horse love became feminized the women who love them are slightly masculinized if only by claiming a sense of freedom and physical power they couldn’t claim without the horse I really appreciated the perspective of disabled people who love horses especially the examples of physically disabled people who felt the presence of the horse erased their disability and made them eual with everyone else It was also interesting to contemplate horse riding as a sport in which women can be eual if not superior competitors with men I wish the book had been written a little differently but I ultimately enjoyed it

  7. Csimplot Simplot says:

    Excellent book

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