Photographer Moyra Davey, overwhelmed by the birth of her first-born, began to read women’s narratives about mothering and writing in an effort to discover voices that articulated the ambivalence she felt as a first-time mom. From this came the idea
Most famous for her work with Sandra M. Gilbert in writing The Madwoman in the Attic, Susan Gubar edits and presents to us True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School (W.W. Norton, 2011), a collection of narratives contributed by 27
Peggy Orenstein’s Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From The Front Lines of the Girlie-Girl Culture (Harper, 2011) addresses the conflict that arises when culture begins to define little girls. A mother and writer, Orenstein grapples on a personal level with
Ada Calhoun’s Wedding Toasts I Will Never Give (2017, W. W. Norton & Company), was originally centered on an article she had written for the New York Times in 2015. It went viral because it was written after a fight she had had with her
A few years ago, I wrote a book review of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy for HerCircle from a feminist perspective. It’s getting a lot of interesting comments there, heated rebuttals, really, but on my own blog, I want to
Luce Irigaray’s “This Sex Which Is Not One” (1977) is one that all women must read. She argues that women do not have one sex; they have multiple sex organs all over their bodies, not to mention two lips that encompass our pleasure.
In “The Laugh of the Medusa” (1975), Helene Cixous, a French feminist and writer, rallies women to do the one thing that will liberate their voices, their bodies, and their sexuality: to write themselves.