HULK NOT THREATENED BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE PERFORMATIVITY OF GENDER. HULK NOT REQUIRE MASCULINITY OR ESSENTIALISM TO LOVE HULK BODY.
- The excellent Jessa Crispin from Bookslut at the Smart Set, writing about women’s writing in anticipation of the Orange prize.
There have really been only two generations of women who have been raised in a world with barriers lowered. And I mean “lowered,” and not “down.” Two generations of women who got to control their fertility, pursue work and higher education, who can plan and build epic lives. There have always been exceptions, of course, but lack of funds, fear of reprisal or social ostracism, and a nonexistent support system has made such lives only for the brave, the lucky, and the scrappy. This is why we have Edith Wharton novels, to help us understand this.
- Kerry Howley on third wave feminism and Sheila Rowbotham’s Dreamers of a new day at Bookforum:
…the fierce individualism of the women Rowbotham profiles here is something most chroniclers would push aside for the sake of narrative simplicity. It’s this resistance to conventional storytelling that makes Dreamers so moving, the willingness to present a pastiche of quotations from pamphlets and letters and novels, to reveal the messy process of reinvention rather than merely reporting its conclusion. Instead of stern teleology, we get sporting play. When “new woman” Helena Born died in 1901, a friend wrote, “Hers was certainly the experimental life; there were no rut marks on her.”
- An interview with Sheila Rowbotham herself at Socialist Review:
…these women were just ready to tackle everything. Some want to have a more humane capitalism, so they try to introduce ergonomic design into industry or try to reduce the hours of work. Then there are others who are totally anarchist, opposed to the whole system, and won’t have anything to do with it at all, and then there’s working class women trying to get an eight-hour day.