|The Book Itself|
This isn't a book for the faint of heart; all the physical and emotional discomforts of a female body are described with blistering honesty. Overstatement is part of Moran's trade, but I say, "Carry on!" because finally someone agrees with me that "what had once been the one most exciting, incendiary, and effective revolution of all time had somehow shrunk down into a couple of increasingly small arguments, carried out among a couple of dozen feminist academics, in books only feminist academics would read" (11). Wow. Someone just got why I left graduate school! Moran had my attention there, and held it all the way through her anti-strip clubs, pro-cabaret, pro-porn (the creative kind), anti-bikini waxing, anti-wedding, pro-fashion (the attractive kind), and pro-choice arguments.
|A Pinch of WWII|
|"Would I Be Happier Pregnant?"|
|So Close, Yet So Far Away|
So the gig is up, and the truth is out. It's damn unpleasant and inconvenient to be a woman in a society shaped by thousands of years of entrenched misogyny in a country where women have been allowed to vote for less than a hundred years and have had access to reliable birth control for fifty. Feminism is over? You've got to be kidding me. It hasn't even begun. And if you don't believe me, check out the news. What idiot believes that "women's bodies can prevent pregnancies in 'a legitimate rape' and that conception is rare in such cases?" Oh wait, that'd be a current six-term Congressman from Missouri. What in the world do we do in response to such madness? Vote. Educate ourselves. Support like-minded individuals. And get on with it. "I know that--from personal experience-- that the thing that has given me the most relief and freedom in my adult years has been, finally, once and for all giving up on the idea that I might secretly be, or will one day become, a princess. Accepting you're just some perfectly ordinary woman who is going to have to crack on, work hard, and be polite in order to get anything done is-- once you've gotten over the crippling disappointment of your thundering ordinariness-- incredibly liberating" (294).
|Ah Yes, The Role Models of My Childhood|