In Praise of Difficult Women

INTRODUCTION THE BOOKYOU HOLD IN YOUR HANDS is about women who
insisted on being difficult. A difficult woman, as I define her, is a person who
believes her needs, passions, and goals are at least as important as those of ...

Author: Karen Karbo

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426217951

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

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From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world. Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives--imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious--provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being "difficult," Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling--whatever that means for you. In the Reader's Guide included in the back of the book, Karbo asks thought-provoking questions about how we relate to each woman that will make for fascinating book club conversation.

Difficult Women on Television Drama

What distinguishes the female antihero from the difficult woman hero is that the
antihero intentionally does serious harm to others through commission or
omission. If she deliberately kills, then it is to protect herself or others, though not
under ...

Author: Isabel C. Pinedo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000342891

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

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Difficult Women on Television Drama analyses select case studies from international TV dramas to examine the unresolved feminist issues they raise or address: equal labor force participation, the demand for sexual pleasure and freedom, opposition to sexual and domestic violence, and the need for intersectional approaches. Drawing on examples from The Killing, Orange is the New Black, Big Little Lies, Wentworth, Outlander, Westworld, Being Mary Jane, Queen Sugar, Vida, and other television dramas with a focus on complex female characters, this book illustrates how female creative control in key production roles (direct authorship) together with industrial imperatives and a conducive cultural context (indirect authorship) are necessary to produce feminist texts. Placed within the larger context of a rise in feminist activism and political participation by women; the growing embrace of a feminist identity; and the ascendance of post-feminism, this book reconsiders the unfinished nature of feminist struggle(s) and suggests the need for a broader sweep of economic change. This book is a must-read for scholars of media and communication studies; television and film studies; cultural studies; American studies; sociology of gender and sexualities; women and gender studies; and international film, media and cinema studies.

Ten Difficult Women Their Impact and Legacy

The slowly dawning realization that women had not been successful in this male-
dominated profession did not deter me ... Ten Difficult Women: Their Impact and
Legacy is an eloquent and powerful tribute to women who took risks, who broke ...

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Publisher: PublishAmerica

ISBN: 1627721312

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Difficult Women

In this book, you'll meet the working-class suffragettes who advocated bombings and arson; the princess who discovered why so many women were having bad sex; the 'striker in a sari' who terrified Margaret Thatcher; and the lesbian ...

Author: Helen Lewis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473562252

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

View: 717

Well-behaved women don’t make history: difficult women do. Feminism’s success is down to complicated, contradictory, imperfect women, who fought each other as well as fighting for equal rights. Helen Lewis argues that too many of these pioneers have been whitewashed or forgotten in our modern search for feel-good, inspirational heroines. It’s time to reclaim the history of feminism as a history of difficult women. In this book, you’ll meet the working-class suffragettes who advocated bombings and arson; the princess who discovered why so many women were having bad sex; the pioneer of the refuge movement who became a men’s rights activist; the ‘striker in a sari’ who terrified Margaret Thatcher; the wronged Victorian wife who definitely wasn’t sleeping with the prime minister; and the lesbian politician who outraged the country. Taking the story up to the present with the twenty-first-century campaign for abortion services, Helen Lewis reveals the unvarnished – and unfinished – history of women’s rights. Drawing on archival research and interviews, Difficult Women is a funny, fearless and sometimes shocking narrative history, which shows why the feminist movement has succeeded – and what it should do next. The battle is difficult, and we must be difficult too.

Difficult Women

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail.

Author: Roxane Gay

Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.

ISBN: 0802189644

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 816

Award-winning author and powerhouse talent Roxane Gay burst onto the scene with An Untamed State and the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist (Harper Perennial). Gay returns with Difficult Women, a collection of stories of rare force and beauty, of hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection. The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. A pair of sisters, grown now, have been inseparable ever since they were abducted together as children, and must negotiate the elder sister's marriage. A woman married to a twin pretends not to realize when her husband and his brother impersonate each other. A stripper putting herself through college fends off the advances of an overzealous customer. A black engineer moves to Upper Michigan for a job and faces the malign curiosity of her colleagues and the difficulty of leaving her past behind. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Gay delivers a wry, beautiful, haunting vision of modern America reminiscent of Merritt Tierce, Jamie Quatro, and Miranda July.

Signs of the Literary Times

Difficult. Women. And. Minor. Characters*. Both of these books, by writers in their
forties, are mid-life memoirs, a form usually practiced only by celebrities and
those who have rubbed shoulders with them. In David Plante's case the famous
are ...

Author: William O'Rourke

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780791416815

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 250

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This book is O'Rourke's first volume of nonfiction since his 1972 The Harrisburg 7 and the New Catholic Left, which Garry Wills hailed as "a clinical x-ray of our society's condition." That book prompted Herbert Mitgang to name O'Rourke "one of the finest writers of his generation." Signs of the Literary Times provides new evidence for that assessment. It brings together O'Rourke's unique mixture of literary, political, and cultural criticism published periodically during the last twenty-two years. The collection ranges from autobiographical essays describing his generation's literary evolution, to articles on free speech issues, such as nude dancing and the Bush-era NEA controversies, as well as book reviews that provide a fresh and largely uncharted critical map of the period. O'Rourke is not only interested in genre bending and expansion, but in persevering during this age of academic specialization as, in his phrase, "a person of letters." In the two decades between his first work of nonfiction and this volume, O'Rourke has published three highly acclaimed novels, The Meekness of Isaac (1974), Idle Hands (1981), and Criminal Tendencies (1987). Of the last, The Virginia Quarterly Review wrote, "Of all the novelists paraded in recent years by publishers as natural successors to Graham Greene, this one comes the closest. A thoroughly entertaining literary event." Signs of the Literary Times is not so much a compendium of diverse pieces on various subjects, as it is a cogent and continuing x-ray of our society's condition.

Living in Difficult Relationships

The responses of most women were unanimous: I would love to read such a
book. My husband is a very difficult man. He expects far too much of me. Other
men have fun with their wives and enjoy doing activities together. My husband's
idea ...

Author: Peter M. Kalellis

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809147645

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 179

View: 347

Practical advice for spouses or those in a committed relationship that clarifies the potential within each person to make their marriage or relationship better.

A Difficult Woman

'" In A Difficult Woman, renowned historian Alice Kessler-Harris undertakes a feat few would dare to attempt: a reclamation of a combative, controversial woman who straddled so many political and cultural fault lines of her time.

Author: Alice Kessler-Harris

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608193799

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

View: 396

Lillian Hellman was a giant of twentieth-century letters and a groundbreaking figure as one of the most successful female playwrights on Broadway. Yet the author of The Little Foxes and Toys in the Attic is today remembered more as a toxic, bitter survivor and literary fabulist, the woman of whom Mary McCarthy said, "Every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the.'" In A Difficult Woman, renowned historian Alice Kessler-Harris undertakes a feat few would dare to attempt: a reclamation of a combative, controversial woman who straddled so many political and cultural fault lines of her time. Kessler-Harris renders Hellman's feisty wit and personality in all of its contradictions: as a non-Jewish Jew, a displaced Southerner, a passionate political voice without a party, an artist immersed in commerce, a sexually free woman who scorned much of the women's movement, a loyal friend whose trust was often betrayed, and a writer of memoirs who repeatedly questioned the possibility of achieving truth and doubted her memory. Hellman was a writer whose plays spoke the language of morality yet whose achievements foundered on accusations of mendacity. Above all else, she was a woman who made her way in a man's world. Kessler-Harris has crafted a nuanced life of Hellman, empathetic yet unsparing, that situates her in the varied contexts in which she moved, from New Orleans to Broadway to the hearing room of HUAC. A Difficut Woman is a major work of literary and intellectual history. This will be one of the most reviewed, and most acclaimed, books of 2012.

Ladies who Lunge

Ladies who Lunge: Essays on Difficult Women dances through history with the unconventional woman.

Author: Tara Brabazon

Publisher: UNSW Press

ISBN: 9780868404219

Category: Social Science

Page: 202

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Ladies who Lunge: Essays on Difficult Women dances through history with the unconventional woman. Witty and refreshing, the tone, texture and feeling of the words on the page are as unconventional as the plucky women who punctuate the prose. It is a tough, determined, moving, frank and funny review of difficult women: how they got there, how we can understand their actions, and how we can learn from them.

Women Under the Influence

Getting the word out shouldn't be difficult . Women at risk can be found in
physicians ' , dentists ' , and psychologists ' offices , mental health clinics , support
groups for children of alcohol abusers , domestic violence shelters , family
planning ...

Author: Joseph A. Califano

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801882272

Category: Medical

Page: 292

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The Gendered New World Order

Deforestation (where trees were cut for profit), the creation of dams for water
projects, and the shift to fertilizers and purchased seeds, all combined to make
women's work as farm producers increasingly difficult. Women worked even
longer ...

Author: Jennifer E. Turpin

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415915182

Category: Social Science

Page: 247

View: 929

The Gendered New World Order addresses the compelling issue of how gender connects the global problems of militarism, underdevelopment and environmental decay.

Suppressed Forced Out and Fired

CHAPTER 5 Becoming "Difficult": Women Managers Encounter Subordination All
the women interviewed for this book experienced being marginalized and were
eventually pushed out of their organizations for questioning policy, openly ...

Author: Martha E. Reeves

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781567203561

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 241

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So entrenched, long established, and powerful is the "patriarchy" within organizations that women have serious difficulty acquiring positions of real importance, even when it is in the organization's best interest to use their talents fully (and reward them equitably). Reeves surveys the structural obstacles to women's advancement within organizations and explains the mechanisms by which gender discrimination operates. Her book combines theory with case study accounts of 10 women who were suppressed, then fired, and documents how that sort of termination process works. The result is a fresh, new look at a seemingly intractable problem, presented readably and objectively.

Current Issues in Clinical Psychology

Three out of four women had made up their mind about wanting an abortion
before they saw a doctor, which for many of them was before the pregnancy ... It
is difficult to say why women did not discuss their doubts with a professional
person.

Author: Eric Karas

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1461567785

Category: Psychology

Page: 238

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This is the third volume in the series of books based on the Annual Merseyside Course in Clinical Psychology. In common with its predecessors its aim is to present a number of topics of interest to practitioners, researchers, trainers and trainees in the field, with the intent not only to inform but variously also to question and to guide further enquiry. Selection for this volume has taken a somewhat different stance to the previous two. Whereas in former volumes an attempt has been made to cover standard areas of general and scientific interest to psychologists and others in related professions, such as anorexia nervosa, forensic issues, long term care, mental handicap, community psychology, anxiety and de pression, in this one issues which are of equal relevance but not necessarily of equal prominence in psychological texts, are included. We have not, however, neglected those areas more readily recognized as of major clinical import which are being progressively covered in this series. This year we have the section 'Bereavement and the Care of the Dying'. Although for many this may not be a main focus, it is a subject that few helpers do not encounter either directly or indirectly with their clients. It would be impossible for this subject to not reflect the most human side of the caring professions, and it is perhaps in this field that the objective/subjective dilemma of the clinician can be seen in its most acute form.

The Bathing Women

With her sleeve in the woman's grip, Wu was embarrassed. She was unprepared
for an encounter with so difficult a woman. Yes, indeed, a very difficult woman, a
horrid woman, with expensive but tasteless clothes, and at least two diamond ...

Author: Tie Ning

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476704260

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

View: 656

A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

Situating Women

But changing political circumstances, both within Fiji and outside the country,
made this difficult. Women activists who had formerly made a strong political
stance on issues related to Pacific Island nations' political and economic
sovereignty, ...

Author: Nicole George

Publisher: ANU E Press

ISBN: 1922144150

Category: Social Science

Page: 263

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Since the time of decolonisation in Fiji, women’s organisations have navigated a complex political terrain. While they have stayed true to the aim of advancing women’s status, their work has been buffeted by national political upheavals and changing global and regional directions in development policy-making. This book documents how women activists have understood and responded to these challenges. It is the first book to write women into Fiji’s postcolonial history, providing a detailed historical account of that country’s gender politics across four tumultuous decades. It is also the first to examine the ‘situated’ nature of gender advocacy in the Pacific Islands more broadly. It does this by analysing trends in activity, from women’s radical and provocative activism of the 1960s to a more self-evaluative and reflexive mood of engagement in later decades, showing how interplaying global and local factors can shape women’s understandings of gender justice and their pursuit of that goal.

Counseling Women

Females' multiple roles make such ruthlessness difficult. Women and men in
general perceive their relationship to work differently. Men assume not just that
they will work but also that they have a right to work, that they have a right to the
best ...

Author: Helen V. Collier

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0029058406

Category: Psychology

Page: 308

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A Nurse s Guide to Women s Mental Health

For these women, psychological adjustments can be more difficult. Women may
be three times more likely to develop depression during the perimenopausal
years. For some women, perimenopause can bring on the first episode of Major ...

Author: Michele R. Davidson, PhD, CNM, CFN, RN

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826171141

Category: Medical

Page: 376

View: 843

Named a 2013 Doody's Core Title! 2012 Third Place AJN Book of the Year Award Winner in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing! "This is a great resource for any nurse working with women."--Score: 94, 4 Stars. Doody's Medical Reviews This is a quick-access clinical guide to the range of mental health issues and diagnoses that commonly affect women across the life span. It focuses on the unique biopsychosocial factors that make women especially vulnerable to psychological disorders and emphasizes key stressors specific to women that are precursors to mental illness. Frequent headings and bulleted, concise presentation of information facilitates reading. In addition to discussing mental health issues specific to women, the guide covers unique populations such as disabled women, lesbian and transgendered women, female veterans, women with forensic health concerns, and women who have been the object of violence. Chapters also address childbearing issues, including menstruation-related problems, infertility and its psychological implications, and antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum psychological disorders. Developmental milestones, the impact of culture on mental illness, and global health issues are covered as well. Tables and charts present key facts in an easy-to-read format. Key Features: Provides a concise, easy-to-use guide to womenís mental health issues across the life span for new and seasoned nurse practitioners Focuses on stressors unique to women as precursors of mental illness Delivers commonly occurring DSM-IV disorders in women, using a consistent format that includes etiology, assessment, and drug and behavioral therapeutic approaches Discusses preconception and childbearing issues, the impact of violence, female veterans, disabled women, lesbian women, and transgendered women

The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

18 Women's place in artisanal industry was often one of lesser influence than that
of men, with a lack of professional ... Ages, both men and women found that
access to the career progression from apprentice to master was increasingly
difficult ...

Author: Judith M. Bennett

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191667307

Category: History

Page: 642

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The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the gender rules encountered in Europe in the period between approximately 500 and 1500 C.E. The essays collected in this volume speak to interpretative challenges common to all fields of women's and gender history - that is, how best to uncover the experiences of ordinary people from archives formed mainly by and about elite males, and how to combine social histories of lived experiences with cultural histories of gendered discourses and identities. The collection focuses on Western Europe in the Middle Ages but offers some consideration of medieval Islam and Byzantium. The Handbook is structured into seven sections: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim thought; law in theory and practice; domestic life and material culture; labour, land, and economy; bodies and sexualities; gender and holiness; and the interplay of continuity and change throughout the medieval period. It contains material from some of the foremost scholars in this field, and it not only serves as the major reference text in medieval and gender studies, but also provides an agenda for future new research.

Working Women and their Rights in the Workplace

may be perceived to be exercising, authority over men – or it may simply be that
women choose not to pursue careers in ... found that 85% of women described '
significant advancement within their profession as either impossible or difficult'.

Author: Naeima Faraj A.A. Al-Hadad

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1472445015

Category: Law

Page: 288

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This book addresses women’s rights to work and motherhood in Libya from a legal and international human rights perspective. In an attempt to solve the problem posed by the perception that there is an unsolvable conflict between the right of women to work and their right to motherhood, the author considers how these two sets of rights, as protected under international human rights law, can and should be recognised and promoted within the Libyan legal system. Including first-hand accounts of experiences of Libyan women, the study voices their struggle for their rights as guaranteed by domestic law, international conventions and Islam. Providing a rare insight into a region striving to find its new identity, the author assesses the adequacy of existing Libyan laws and, where warranted, offers proposals for legislative amendments to Libyan policy makers and its new Parliament at such a crucial time in the nation’s history.

Women and the Vote

For example, women were less accessible than men to 'debasing influences now
brought to bear upon elections' and by doubling the number of electors,
corruption would be less effective and more difficult. Women's function in
childrearing, ...

Author: Jad Adams

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191016837

Category: History

Page: 528

View: 668

Before 1893 no woman anywhere in the world had the vote in a national election. A hundred years later almost all countries had enfranchised women, and it was a sign of backwardness not to have done so. This is the story of how this momentous change came about. The first genuinely global history of women and the vote, it takes the story of women in politics from the earliest times to the present day, revealing startling new connections across time and national boundaries - from Europe and North America to Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Muslim world post-9/11. A story of individuals as well as of wider movements, it includes the often dramatic life-stories of women's suffrage pioneers from across the world, painting vivid biographical portraits of everyone from Susan B. Anthony and the Pankhursts to hitherto lesser-known activists in China, Latin America, and Africa. It is also the first major post-feminist history of women's struggle for the vote. Controversially, Jad Adams rejects the widely accepted idea that success was primarily a result of the pressure group politics of the suffragists and their supporters. Ultimately, he argues, it was nationalism, not feminism, that was the most important factor in winning women the vote.