The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

… or “Män som hatar kvinnor” (original Swedish title) or “Os Homens que Não Amavam as Mulheres” (in Portuguese).

Finally, after watching the three original Swedish films, I’m getting better acquainted with Lisbeth Salander again by reading the Millenium trilogy. I’m currently in the middle of the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire. I rated The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. It could be a few pages shorter and give us less detail about the Vanger family, since many facts were not relevant – neither to characterize the people nor to the crime mistery. Also, I’m no puritan, but at some point during the book it’s already clear enough to the reader that Blomkvist is a ladies man, so there’s no need to waste pages describing his love affairs. But overall the most negative aspect of this book (and the trilogy, so far) is the endless ammount of product placement. At one point it got so annoying that I almost dropped the book. “She took her PowerBook/ his brand new IKEA couch brand x, chairs brand y, cars brand z, etc” – that is REALLY annoying, and I’m no writer, but as an advice to any aspiring writer I’d say don’t do product placement in your book. It may even be a bestseller, but it will piss the hell out of your readers. Despite all that it’s an awesome book, highly recommended.

International Women’s Day

Tomorrow, Monday, March 8th, we have International Women’s Day coming.

To remark the importance of such date, me and the psychologist from one of the clinics where I work will be doing a workshop on Women’s Health & Violence Against Women.

The target public is selected women from factories and offices whom, for reasons too long to explain here, end up missing the lectures offered by public primary care facilities¹. The workshops started out last week, and will go on throughout next week as well.  The event is pro bono. The number of atendants ranges from 20-50 women per session. We took care not to extrapolate that number in order to keep quality over quantity, allowing better participation of the public via questions and debate.

I’m the one talking about women’s health, while the psychologist will aproach violence  against women.

I’m trully excited about this since I’m a public health doctor gone rogue, and I miss doing preventive and educational work directly with the public.

I’m writing a little essay on women’s health to be published in the form of a flyer/booklet to be distributed to general public and firms associated with our clinic.

I consider education and information the best weapon to fight violence against women. Im’ still young but in half a decade of seeing all kinds of unimaginable absurdities as a consequence of my work, I know enough no know that education and information are a  critical issue, independent of any religious or racial aspect. If you try to educate someone and they don’t get it the first time, then you try a second time. If they don’t get it the second time, you try a third time. And so on. And if still they don’t get it, someday something will happen to them that will make them understand it . Then they’ll know what you meant. And then my friends, it all pays off. 🙂

¹ In Brazil, public primary care facilities are called “PSF” (Posto de Saúde da Família or Family Healthcare Unit) and/or “ESF”(Estratégia de Saúde da Família or Family Healthcare Strategy) – it’s all the same thing, govt just keep changing names all the time.

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