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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Currently reading

Trisha Ashley's Chocolate Wishes - escapist women's fiction involving chocolate and very attractive vicar who used to be a rock star and various varieties of witches - both male and female. Everyone needs to escape sometimes.

In contrast I am reading Betty Friedan's The Feminist Mystique - first published in 1963 but still relevant today. Those who advocate women confining their attentions to domesticity and living through their husbands and children need to read this book. It isn't good for anyone's physical or mental health to live their lives through someone else's achievements. If you need pills to adjust to your feminine role in life then there just maybe something wrong with the stereotype of the ideal feminine - especially if a large number of 'housewives' need to take pills to get through the day. One quote I love from this book suggests that most domestic work could probably done by an 8 year old child - and yet people suggest - even now - that this a fulfilling role for an adult woman?

I have also just started Georgette Heyer's Envious Casca - no thoughts on that as yet because I've only read about 20 pages.

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