Thought of the Day

Sorry for spamming your RSS feeds, but I do have to wonder this:

Why is it that books supposedly glorifying the sexuality and liberation of women end up becoming thinly-disguised apologia?

As pointed out by [Raz], some may want to know exactly which books I’m referring to:

Hags, Sirens, and Other Bad Girls of Fantasy

and

Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love

The first has a collection of short stories that supposedly retells the stories of the “bad girls” of fantasy, like the Sirens, the Hag and the Goddess Isis (will need to reread to confirm). Yet upon reading the stories, it sounded very much that some of them were “liberated” because men had done so, rather than them being independent.

I flipped through the second book again after a long time and wondered what in the world blinded and compelled me to buy it in the first place. As a source for random names, places and deeds it’s rather interesting, but if one wants to use it as a guide, I would agree with the Washington Post’s review and suggest that you don’t.

There’s something not quite right about a book where Lilith is shown as being demonic when Inanna is shown to be more “exemplary.” Ah well.

1 Response

  1. Raz January 4, 2008 / 3:37 PM

    It be helpful if you can provide book name or a link to the book/book title/etc?

    We have no idea what you are referring to nor what you are talking about.

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