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Girlfag: A Life Told in Sex and Musicals Paperback – September 1, 2012
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About the Author
Janet W. Hardy is the author or coauthor of ten groundbreaking books about relationships and sexuality, including The Ethical Slut (nearly 100,000 copies sold to date). She has traveled the world as a speaker and teacher on topics ranging from ethical multipartner relationships to erotic spanking and beyond, and has appeared in documentary films, television shows and radio showst. Janet's writing has appeared in publications as various as The Sondheim Review, Clamor, and EIDOS. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from St. Mary's College of California.
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This is a book about dissolution, in all the senses of the word. Lawyers call a divorce a "dissolution, and there's a divorce in here, although a rather anticlimactic one. And some people say you're "dissolute if they think that you're morally not quite up to par, and, well, there's a lot of that in here too, mostly with me at its center. But "dissolution is the noun form of the verb "dissolve. Moviemakers use a "dissolve to transition from one scene to the next, so that they can jump all around their story, sometimes to things that seem irrelevant at the time but that start to make more sense as the movie progresses. And physicists mean "dissolve to mean the softening of edges, the loss of boundaries, the point where the lump of sugar becomes smaller and smaller, and then the sugar is liquid, and then the water is sweet. And that's really what this book is about: dissolving, dissolution, solution. Edges softening, edges disappearing, edges so far gone that you realize they never existed and that you're standing like Wile E Coyote in midair. Don't worry, you'll only fall if you think too much about how you got there in the first place.
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You would barely know that from this memoir however because most of her work as an educator and publisher is brushed over. That is a problem with this book. Hardy spends a decent amount of time on her childhood, teens, young adult life and even her first marriage but the later part of her lift is only covered in bits and pieces.
The musicals are interwoven well though not as much as I expected given the title; the same for the sex but that is part of the book's point -- sex (and gender) is not what you think, it is not what we are taught and told.
The glimpses into Hardy's life created frustrations for me personally. I wanted to know more, a lot more, than what she covers often in very short chapters or sections (ranging from one to six or so pages) especially about how she got into the kink community and became known as an expert and respected publisher -- are those connected to her sexual/gender identity and if not, why not?
I hope she'll consider expanding this a lot if she ever revises it.
You should know that I have been published by Hardy twice and have had numerous conversations with her online and on the telephone but I have not met her face-to-face. I may have higher expectations because of this so please consider that when reading the above review.
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