She likes pink, will dance to Blurred Lines, occasionally fakes an orgasm… and worries that the sisterhood would not approve. America’s brightest new essayist tells Kira Cochrane about the dark side of her fierce, funny writing
I particularly love this comment:
“As a writer who is also a woman, I increasingly feel that writing is a political act whether I intend it to be or not,”
Once you’ve realized that you’re living in a world that believes women are “less than” in every imaginable way, one of the things that can be most frustrating is that very few men get it. You want the people in your life, the men you care about, to understand the awful toll it can take on you. Operating in a world that sees you as less than fully human can be soul crushing— but it’s also incredibly lonely. When you speak up about any sense of unfairness or injustice, you’re told that you’re overreacting, you’re too angry, too silly— shut up already. It takes a tremendous amount of fortitude to be able to live in this world as a woman, let alone a woman who wants things to change.
“What Courtney Love did do was live wild. She took drugs and trusted others could look after themselves. She flirted with self-destruction. She got into fights. She burned with ambition. She flaunted her sexuality and was upfront with her desire. What she did, in other words, was behave like male rock stars always have.”
I’m starting to get the idea that oppression isn’t sex-based, neither is it gender-based… It’s performance-based. If you’re feminine, you’re going to get shit all over. Our culture calls femininity weak. 2nd Wave Radfems consider femininity to be anti-progressive and harmful. Rape apologists and…
Interesting perspective that demands more attention when it isn’t 2 minutes to 12 on a Saturday night.