Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

By Elizabeth Wurtzel

Nobody higher is aware the need to be undesirable than Elizabeth Wurtzel.

Bitch is a superb tract at the historical past of manipulative woman habit. by way of ladies who derive their energy from their sexuality, Wurtzel deals a trenchant cultural critique of up to date gender family members. starting with Delilah, the 1st girl to supposedly deliver a very good guy down (latter-day Delilahs comprise Yoko Ono, Pam clever, Bess Myerson), Wurtzel unearths many biblical opposite numbers to the lads and girls in today's headlines.

In 5 fabulous prolonged essays, she hyperlinks the lives of girls as not easy and disparate as Amy Fisher, Hillary Clinton, Margaux Hemingway, and Nicole Brown Simpson. Wurtzel supplies voice to these ladies whose lives were misunderstood, who've been pushed aside for his or her good looks, their insanity, their youth.

She unearths within the tale of Amy Fisher the tragic plight of all Lolitas, our thirst for his or her short and excessive flame. She connects Hemingway's tragic suicide to these of Sylvia Plath, Edie Sedgwick, and Marilyn Monroe, girls whose good looks used to be an finish, eventually, in itself. Wurtzel, writing concerning the wife/mistress dichotomy, explains how a few girls are anointed as spouse fabric, whereas others are relegated to the position of mistress. She takes to activity the double common imposed on ladies, the cultural insistence on goodness and society's entire obsession with badness: what's a woman to do? Let's face it, if ladies have been any genuine possibility to male strength, "Gennifer vegetation will be sitting in the back of the table of the Oval Office," writes Wurtzel, "and invoice Clinton will be a front room singer within the Excelsior resort in Little Rock."

Bitch tells a story either celebratory and cautionary as Wurtzel catalogs probably the most notorious girls in background, protecting their outsize wishes, describing their beautiful loneliness, championing their take-no-prisoners lifestyle and to like. no matter if writing approximately Courtney Love, Sally Hemings, Bathsheba, Kimba wooden, Sharon Stone, Princess Di--or waxing eloquent at the hideous luck of the principles, the evil that's the Bridges of Madison County, the twisted common sense of You'll by no means Make Love during this city Again--Wurtzel is again with a bitchography that cuts to the center. In prose either blistering and incredible, complain is a treatise at the nature of determined sexual manipulation and a triumph of pussy strength.

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A recent writer says: I remember once, in crossing the Atlantic, to have gone upon the deck of the ship at midnight, when a dense black cloud enveloped the sky, and the great deep was roaring madly under the lashes of demoniac winds. My feeling was not of danger or fear (which is a base surrender of the immortal soul), but of utter desolation and loneliness; a little speck of life shut in by a tremendous darkness. Again I remember to have climbed the slopes of the Swiss Alps, up beyond the point where vegetation ceases, and the stunted conifers no longer struggle against the unfeeling blasts.

Who, I ask you, can take, dare take, on himself the rights, the duties, the responsibilities of another human soul? 53 The “Night of Terror” Mary A. Nolan In 1917 Mary A. , to demonstrate for women’s right to vote. While picketing outside the White House, she and many other women were arrested on November 10, 1917, and sent to the Occoquan workhouse when they refused to post bail. In the following account, Nolan describes her terror-filled first night in the dungeons of the workhouse and the rough treatment that she and the other women received there.

History of Suffrage Today’s victory for suffrage ends a fight that really dates from the American Revolution. Women voted under several of the Colonial Governments. During the Revolution women demanded to be included in the Government. ” From the time of the Revolution women agitated for suffrage by means of meetings and petitions. , arranged by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton as the first big suffrage demonstration. From 1848 to the civil war efforts were made to have State laws altered to include women, and Susan B.

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