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Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women Paperback – May 18, 1999
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-?Eleanor J. Bader, New School for Social Research, New York
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Read between the lines and Wurtzel's idea of feminism is a hot chick who dresses like a prostitute, mistreats others, throws tantrums like a child and otherwise embodies the darkest misogynist fantasies of men. Even Wurtzel acknowledges that this attracts men at their worst, leading to loveless, mutually destructive relationships - but it makes you cool, tragic and popular!! Be warned that her advice isn't for everyone, however: Nicole Simpson rates higher on Wurtzel's "Flattering Projection of Myself" scale than Gertrude Stein or Eleanor Roosevelt, for instance, because she was inherently superior. I mean, duh! Nicole was *way* hotter than Stein!! I think we all agree that the ability to inspire a man to camouflage his lap topology with a strategically-placed briefcase is the sole measure of a woman's worth, right? File me under Feminism!
Wurtzel borrowed her book's title from an essay by Ron Rosenbaum. The cover photo was her publisher's idea, and she just went along with it. She uses the word "youthquaker" an average of four times per chapter. But perhaps the best summary of this book comes from an excerpt from her interview on National Public Radio shortly after publication:
Random Caller: Hello. I just want to say that I find it deeply offensive that your publisher and this radio network are presenting you as the voice of feminism, apparently on the merits of your appearance and connections.Read more ›
*that the book did not follow any sort of train of thought. Even though it was broken up into five or six essays, she would go from one person to the next so quickly, you don't even know she was talking about a different person. I skipped most of the stuff on Delilah, the character showed up on occasion throughout 2-3 of the essays, and sometimes stayed for pages. I wasn't interested in it, and the author probably should have just written a whole essay on her. Apparently, this book was written on some kind of speed, which makes sense, but couldn't it have been cut down a little? Or, at least, molded into something readable? Maybe its supposed to fit with the running theme: "Bad girls: young, beautiful, and on drugs." Which leads me to the next thought...
*What is her obsession with beauty? It seems like every woman she mentions is somehow tragically beautiful.. and these are the women who are bi#$%#s, the "difficult" women... how she says: "I am still pretty. I still have time to work out my marital status." <---What is that about? As if the only people who are married are good looking? Since when is marriage about "looks" anyway? or she also says.."even worse, it seems inevitable that there will come a time when I won't look good, when men will stop flirting with me, when this freedom sh#$ will start to feel more like free-falling. Will I know? Will I become pathetic?" No, you will just have to win people over by personality for a change! I just don't understand the superficial attitude for someone who is supposed to be a feminist. I have known women who are not great beauties, but everywhere they go, men fall in love with them. Once again, love is not about outside beauty.Read more ›
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Elizabeth Wurtzel is an excellent author. She takes proper ownership of the word Bitch, which is so often used to describe an assertive female. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Anissa Daniels
1.75 self centered and I only to be destructive and attract destructive men and that is what life is about Stars
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I am sad to say I did not enjoy this book at all. It was nothing like Prozac Nation. This book is like a college essay about women in books or history or the media at that time... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Pinky
Came completely falling apart. Pages ripped torn binding missing an entire cheaper and pages torn and shoved in the book.Published 23 months ago by Britni Ayn
The second book by the incredibly talented and intriguing Elizabeth Wurtzel is about the most difficult women of the past and present, and how they were treated. Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Janet Morris
...to quote from a familiar bumper-sticker. Elizabeth Wurtzel wrote this staccato tour-de-force of American popular culture, with a feminist slant, as the last millennium was... Read morePublished on April 5, 2013 by John P. Jones III
I wanted to like this, and I had high hopes for it after Prozac Nation (which I'm pretty sure a number of depressed teenage girls have adopted as their holy book). Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Sara287