Sexism runs vertically across all of human history, and horizontally across all of society.
Like all of the kooking authors, Roberson writes with scathing self-deprecation and ambitious analytical flair. In one early passage, Roberson describes her revelation that all this emotional labor was sapping her brainpower:. I came to this conclusion when a guy was giving me strange signals for months and I was using my brain to its full capacity trying to figure out what the hell was going on.
I realized: And there she stays. What follows this revelation is a forensic investigation into how that mental sabotage happens, rather than particularly useful advice on how to survive it.
There is some value in this: Books of feminist cultural commentary usually speak from a position of having understoodrather than doing the exhausting work of trying to understand.
It might sound like a joke, but the concept has enjoyed a resurgence in contemporary feminism.
Sprouting from the radical feminist movement within the s second wave, political lesbianism is related to lesbian separatism, and promotes the idea that a woman can break from heterosexuality and simply refuse to femape sex with men into their lives. The separatist movement has been sullied lately by adopting transphobic rhetoric, but its influence remains.
She forces herself to acknowledge that double bind, then persists through the paradox instead of opting out. Her tone is the opposite of pompous. But it turns out to be an invaluable testament to living through heterosexuality.
With a great deal of frenzied condemnation and an equal amount of self-forgiveness, this book points out new directions for writing about the oldest problems women face. Keep your love wounds, Roberson argues, and make them into copy: You might as well get something out of it.
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