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True Confessions: Feminist Professors Tell Stories Out of School Hardcover – August 29, 2011
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In the first part of the book, "Personal Narratives," the writers seem, in one way or another, to be rebelling against their dysfunctional childhoods. As one woman says "I had to do what I could to share the news with other women." I don't relate to several of them who react with matrophobia--the fear of becoming like your mother. My mother gave me great love, taught me to laugh at the silliest things, to love education, and--perhaps her greatest gift--to love cooking. In retrospect, I realize she was dependant, sometimes manipulative, the perfect pre-Freidan wife and mother, but she did what worked for her. And she passed it on to me.
These women speak a language foreign to me: labial politics and labial pedagogy (it has to do with layers but bewilders me completely). Then there were the fathers whose deep and dark private parts were always a secret. Really? I never thought about it much. I had a brother so I knew about male anatomy. No big secret there.
The parents described in the book were unloving and destructive--strident grandmothers, doormat mothers, and critical fathers who never praised their children.Read more ›