A Reading Experience in GIFs

Before I went to my in-laws’ place for Easter, I made a conscious decision not to bring any books that would send me raging. It had been a long, rage-inducing week and I thought it was maybe time for a break from that.

But as soon as I got back, I decided that actually it was time to read Jon Krakauer’s Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town. 

I don’t think that I can accurately describe to you what this reading experience has been like for me with words.

Before we begin with my visual representation of what it was like to read this book, here are some quotes from the book, to illustrate to you, dear reader, how important this book is.

According to a special report issued by the U.S. Department of Justice in December 2014, “For the period 1995-2013, females aged 18 to 24 had the highest rate of rape and sexual assault victimizations compared to females in all other age groups.” […] Using data gathered in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control study estimated that across all age groups, 19.3 percent of American women “have been raped in their lifetimes” and that 1.6 percent of American women – nearly two and a half million individuals – “reported that they were raped in the 12 months preceding the survey.”

Of writing this book, Krakauer writes,

As the scope of my research expanded, I was stunned to discover that many of my acquaintances, and even several women in my own family had been sexually assaulted by men they trusted. The more I listened to these women’s accounts, the more disturbed I became. I’d had no idea that rape was so prevalent, or could cause such deep and intractable pain. My ignorance was inexcusable, and it made me ashamed.

This is what it was like for me to read this book:


When you feel that you are ready for it, I hope you read it too. It’s an important one.

(If you’re not sure that you will ever be ready to devote the time to reading this, may I suggest watching The Hunting Ground on Netflix?)

14 thoughts on “A Reading Experience in GIFs

    • I think this is definitely going to be one of those for me. And one that I’m going to force a LOT of people to read. I’ve already made my younger (19yo) sister watch the film. My brother (18yo) should watch it too…

  1. Ok ok. Thanks for convincing me to stop being a weenie and read this one. Its so important. I just know that your gif pictures will be me too. Sometimes I just get tired of reading those numbers and so scared for my little girl. Maybe I’ll buy this one so I can read it and force it on others.

    • I think it’s even more important for you to watch/read *because* of your little girl. So that you can have that conversation with her when it’s time and she can be prepared. As much as possible. But there are certain girls that they target, you know?
      It’s totally terrifying and enraging and heartbreaking but it’s one of those books that you kind of have to read. I think at the very least, the movie should be required viewing for ALL grade 12 students.

  2. Thank you for this. It’s definitely high on the list of uncomfortable but I have loved every one of Krakauer’s books so just need to do it.

    I also need to buckle down and watch Hunting Grounds but as Gaga’s song leaves me sobbing every time I’m really going to need to prep myself. Because yes, once I stop crying I want to stab a man. There I said it.

    • Gaga’s song is so moving. I feel the same way – right now thinking about that song and her Oscar’s performance, I’m tearing up. She should have won that Oscar. That Bond song sucked. The song isn’t in the movie too much…but you will want to stab a man.
      I’m so glad I read it, even though it still haunts me. You’ll read it when you’re ready.

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