Gaga Feminism

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I want you to read this book: Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the Edge of Normal, by Jack Halberstam.

I want you to read it, because it’s smart, funny, provocative–occasionally aggressively obnoxious, occasionally just a tad weak on the empirical evidence and too heavy on the anecdotal, but hey, I’ll take that over standard academic writing anytime–and it will make you think.

Also, because this:

“The wedding is the ‘cum shot’ of romantic comedy.”

and this:

…”no one likes a sensitive man, mouthing some truism he overhead his wife say while sneaking off to watch Internet porn.”

and this:

“We may all know, see, and acknowledge the cliched quality of the romance plot, but until we are raised with different understandings of love, desire, and intimacy, we must still cleave to it, still long for the happily ever after, and still find ourselves disappointed and devastated, stranded at the altar like a jilted bride who believed that marriage would make her happy but discovered that, like the wedding, marriage is overpriced, overvalued, overestimated, and maybe soon, simply over.”

And then, go write great stories with that don’t end with the cum shot.

mjc

PS: Book. Yes. Here: Tell me, where do I buy the damn book?

PS2: Jack’s Blog: JackHalberstam.com

About mjanecolette

Writer. Reader. Angster. Reformed Bohemian (not). Author of the erotic romance Tell Me, the erotic tragedy (with a happy ending) Consequences (of defensive adultery), and the rom-com (she's versatile) Cherry Pie Cure, as well as the non-fiction collection of essays Rough Draft Confessions: not a guide to writing and selling erotica and romance but full of inside inside anyway. Coming in 2018: Text Me, Cupid, a steamy romance in four episodes. Current WiPs: Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Jewel of the Not-So-Spectacular Boobs, All In the Cards, and Un-Valentine. Yes, working on four projects simultaneously is a spectacularly bad idea.

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