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.
Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist (Penguin, 2016) is a tell-all memoir that reveals her 3-month long affair with Harrison Ford in 1977, during the filming of Star Wars. She was only 19 years old; he was 35, married, and a
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
A few years ago, I got my hands on a terrific book that exemplified my struggle with writing and mothering. Edited by Patricia Diensfrey and Brenda Hillman, The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood, is the kind of
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