Difficult Women

The first book by the acclaimed journalist Helen Lewis - the imperfect and unfinished story of the battles for women's rights. Well-behaved women don't make history: difficult women do.

Author: Helen Lewis

Publisher: Jonathan Cape

ISBN: 9781787331297

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Page: 352

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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

These difficult women are recognizably real people. And by virtue of not explaining himself, and making no excuses, Plante succeeds too in adding to the ...

Author: David Plante

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1681371502

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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David Plante's dazzling portraits of three influential women in the literary world, now back in print for the first time in decades. Difficult Women presents portraits of three extraordinary, complicated, and, yes, difficult women, while also raising intriguing and, in their own way, difficult questions about the character and motivations of the keenly and often cruelly observant portraitist himself. The book begins with David Plante’s portrait of Jean Rhys in her old age, when the publication of The Wide Sargasso Sea, after years of silence that had made Rhys’s great novels of the 1920s and ’30s as good as unknown, had at last gained genuine recognition for her. Rhys, however, can hardly be said to be enjoying her new fame. A terminal alcoholic, she curses and staggers and rants like King Lear on the heath in the hotel room that she has made her home, while Plante looks impassively on. Sonia Orwell is his second subject, a suave exploiter and hapless victim of her beauty and social prowess, while the unflappable, brilliant, and impossibly opinionated Germaine Greer sails through the final pages, ever ready to set the world, and any erring companion, right.

Difficult Women

Jean Rook represents another type of difficult woman – the kind who argues ... is also a reminder that feminism is not a shorthand for 'what women think', ...

Author: Helen Lewis

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473562252

Category: Social Science

Page: 368

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** Shortlisted in the 2020 Parliamentary Book Awards ** ** A Sunday Times bestseller ** Well-behaved women don't make history: difficult women do. Strikers in saris. Bomb-throwing suffragettes. The pioneer of the refuge movement who became a men's rights activist. Forget feel-good heroines: meet the feminist trailblazers who have been airbrushed from history for being 'difficult' - and discover how they made a difference. Here are their stories in all their shocking, funny and unvarnished glory. 'This is the antidote to saccharine you-go-girl fluff. Effortlessly erudite and funny' Caroline Criado-Perez 'Compulsive, rigorous, unforgettable, hilarious and devastating' Hadley Freeman

Difficult Women

Difficult. Women. Loose Women Who a Loose Woman Looks Up To Never her mother. She is trying to kill her mother or, at least, those parts of her mother ...

Author: Roxane Gay

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1472152786

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 116

'Phenomenally powerful and beautifully written' the Guardian 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. 'Gay brings the powerful voice that flows through her work as a novelist and cultural critic to the 21 short stories in her first collection . . . Gay's "difficult women" are unforgettable' BBC.com 'Gay's signature dry wit and piercing psychological depth make every story mermerisingly unusual and simply unforgettable' Harper's Bazaar

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 ...

Author: Karen Karbo

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426217951

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 352

View: 948

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 ...

Author: Isabel C. Pinedo

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000342891

Category: Social Science

Page: 190

View: 168

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.

Difficult Women

"A collection of stories of ... hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection"--

Author: Roxane Gay

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802125392

Category: Fiction

Page: 272

View: 667

"A collection of stories of ... hardscrabble lives, passionate loves, and quirky and vexed human connection"--

Ten Difficult Women Their Impact and Legacy

Ten Difficult Women: Their Impact and Legacy is an eloquent and powerful tribute to women who took risks, who broke rules, who ignored conventions to forge ...

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Publisher: PublishAmerica

ISBN: 1627721312

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In Praise of Difficult Women

Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history.

Author: Karen Karbo

Publisher: Disney Electronic Content

ISBN: 1426217951

Category:

Page:

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Bitch

Explores the history of famous and infamous manipulative women, describing the motivations for and consequences of their behavior

Author: Elizabeth Wurtzel

Publisher: Doubleday Books

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 434

View: 504

Explores the history of famous and infamous manipulative women, describing the motivations for and consequences of their behavior


Women s Ways of Making It in Rhetoric and Composition

Women want men's approval, but they need women's guidance” (134). ... difficult political scenariosto negotiate revolved around such difficult women.

Author: Michelle Ballif

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135627770

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 352

View: 908

This volume explores how women in the fields of rhetoric and composition have succeeded, despite the challenges inherent in the circumstances of their work. Focusing on those women generally viewed as "successful" in rhetoric and composition, this volume relates their stories of successes (and failures) to serve as models for other women in the profession who aspire to "make it," too: to succeed as women academics in a sea of gender and disciplinary bias and to have a life, as well. Building on the gains made by several generations of rhetoric and composition scholars, this volume provides strategies for a newer generation of scholars entering the field and, in so doing, broadens the support base for women in the field by connecting them with a greater web of women in the profession. Offering frank discussion of professional and personal struggles as well as providing reference materials addressing these concerns, solid career advice, and inspirational narratives told by women who have "made it" in the field of rhetoric and composition, this work highlights such common concerns as: dealing with sexism in the tenure and promotion process, maintaining a balance between career and family, struggling for scholarly and/or administrative respect, mentoring junior women, finding one’s voice in scholarship, and struggling to say "no" to unrewarded service work The profiles of individual successful women describe each woman’s methods for success, examine the price each has paid for that success, and pass along the advice each has to offer other women who are beginning a career in the field or attempting to jumpstart an existing career. With resources and general advice for women in the field of rhetoric and composition to guide them through their careers—as they become, survive, and thrive as professionals in the discipline – this book is must-have reading for every woman making her career in the rhetoric and composition fields.

On Violence and On Violence Against Women

This is especially true of her second collection of short stories, Difficult Women, also published in 2017 but which received less attention than Hunger.

Author: Jacqueline Rose

Publisher: Faber & Faber

ISBN: 0571332730

Category: Philosophy

Page: 432

View: 149

A blazingly insightful, provocative study of violence against women from the peerless feminist critic. 'An immense achievement.' JUDE KELLY CBE, founder of the Women of the World Foundation 'Explodes the myth that violence and misogyny only happens to other women.' VAL McDERMID 'Ambitious, sobering . . . this is a hugely important book.' LAUREN ELKIN Why has violence, and especially violence against women, become so much more prominent and visible across the world? To explore this question, Rose tracks the multiple forms of today's violence - historic and intimate, public and private - as they spread throughout our social fabric, offering a new account of violence in our time. In this provocative and incisive book, Rose casts her net wide: trans rights and #MeToo; the sexual harassment of migrant women; the trial of Oscar Pistorius; domestic violence in pandemic lockdown; the writing of Roxane Gay, Anna Burns, Hisham Matar and Han Kang. What obscene pleasure in violence do so many male leaders of the Western world unleash in their supporters? Is violence always gendered and if so, always in the same way? What is required of the human mind when it grants itself permission to enact violence? On Violence and On Violence Against Women is an agitation against injustice, a challenge to radical feminism and a formidable call to action.

In Praise of Difficult Women

Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history.

Author: Karen Karbo

Publisher: National Geographic

ISBN: 9781426220890

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 417

Now in paperback, this witty, irreverent narrative explores what we can learn from the extraordinary legacies of 30 iconic women--from Frida Kahlo and Liz Taylor to Nora Ephron and Lena Dunham--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 a group of spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Carrie Fisher, 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 empathy and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to 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.

Difficult Women

"An autobiographical novel about difficult women. The narrator continues an exploration of human relations from his first novel, memoir of an aged child, published 35 years ago and highly praised."

Author: Alfred Duhrssen

Publisher: BkMk Press of the University of Missouri-Kansas City

ISBN: 9781930067240

Category: Fiction

Page: 284

View: 863

"An autobiographical novel about difficult women. The narrator continues an exploration of human relations from his first novel, memoir of an aged child, published 35 years ago and highly praised."

Bitch

IN PRAISE 0F DIFFICULT WOMEN Bitch Gets People Talking . . . The Good “One of the more honest, insightful, and witty books on the subject of women to have ...

Author: Elizabeth Wurtzel

Publisher: Anchor

ISBN: 030782988X

Category: Social Science

Page: 448

View: 499

From the author of the bestselling Prozac Nation comes one of the most entertaining feminist manifestos ever written. In five brilliant extended essays, she links the lives of women as demanding and disparate as Amy Fisher, Hillary Clinton, Margaux Hemingway, and Nicole Brown Simpson. Wurtzel gives voice to those women whose lives have been misunderstood, who have been dismissed for their beauty, their madness, their youth. Bitch is a brilliant tract on the history of manipulative female behavior. By looking at women who derive their power from their sexuality, Wurtzel offers a trenchant cultural critique of contemporary gender relations. Beginning with Delilah, the first woman to supposedly bring a great man down (latter-day Delilahs include Yoko Ono, Pam Smart, Bess Myerson), Wurtzel finds many biblical counterparts to the men and women in today's headlines. She finds in the story of Amy Fisher the tragic plight of all Lolitas, our thirst for their brief and intense flame. She connects Hemingway's tragic suicide to those of Sylvia Plath, Edie Sedgwick, and Marilyn Monroe, women whose beauty was an end, ultimately, in itself. Wurtzel, writing about the wife/mistress dichotomy, explains how some women are anointed as wife material, while others are relegated to the role of mistress. She takes to task the double standard imposed on women, the cultural insistence on goodness and society's complete obsession with badness: what's a girl to do? Let's face it, if women were any real threat to male power, "Gennifer Flowers would be sitting behind the desk of the Oval Office," writes Wurtzel, "and Bill Clinton would be a lounge singer in the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock." Bitch tells a tale both celebratory and cautionary as Wurtzel catalogs some of the most infamous women in history, defending their outsize desires, describing their exquisite loneliness, championing their take-no-prisoners approach to life and to love. Whether writing about Courtney Love, Sally Hemings, Bathsheba, Kimba Wood, Sharon Stone, Princess Di--or waxing eloquent on the hideous success of The Rules, the evil that is The Bridges of Madison County, the twisted logic of You'll Never Make Love in This Town Again--Wurtzel is back with a bitchography that cuts to the core. In prose both blistering and brilliant, Bitch is a treatise on the nature of desperate sexual manipulation and a triumph of pussy power.

Dialogue on Film

ULLMANN : It is difficult for me to say , because I don ' t know too many people here , and I have ... with women who stay at home all day , for example .

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Difficult Subjects

Working Women and Visual Culture, Britain 1880-1914 Kristina Huneault. Banks, Elizabeth, 'How the Other Half Lives', English Illustrated Magazine, vol.

Author: Kristina Huneault

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Social Science

Page: 255

View: 750

The working women of Victorian and Edwardian Britain were fascinating but difficult subjects for artists, photographers, and illustrators. The cultural meanings of labour sat uncomfortably with conventional ideologies of femininity, and working women unsettled the boundaries between gender and class, selfhood and otherness. From paintings of servants in middle-class households, to exhibits of flower-makers on display for a shilling, the visual culture of women's labour offered a complex web of interior fantasy and exterior reality. The picture would become more challenging still when working women themselves began to use visual spectacle. In this first in-depth exploration of the representation of British working women, Kristina Huneault explores the rich meanings of female employment during a period of labour unrest, demands for women's enfranchisement, and mounting calls for social justice. In the course of her study she questions the investments of desire and the claims to power that reside in visual artifacts, drawing significant conclusions about the relationship between art and identity.