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.


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

PS2: Jack’s Blog:

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), the award-winning rom-com (she's versatile) CHERRY PIE CURE, and TEXT ME, CUPID--a (slightly dirty) love story for 21st century adults who don't believe in love... but want it anyway. A sought-after speaker and presenter, Colette is also the author of the Dirty Writing Secrets Series, which includes 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, 101 FLIRTY WRITING PROMPTS TO SEDUCE YOUR MUSE, and ORGANIZED CREATIVE. She's also the curator of the fab YYC Queer Writers anthologies Queer Christmas in Cowtown, Screw Chocolate, and A Queer Summer Night's in Cowtown. Releasing Spring 2020: CUPID IN MONTE CARLO.

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