It's certain that fine women eat a crazy salad with their meat. William Butler Yeats.
It's certain that fine women eat
A crazy salad with their meat
whereby the horn of plenty is undone
-- William Butler Yeats.
(Epigraph in the Modern Libraries edition, published 2000)
For my sisters: Delia, Hallie, and Amy
I have to begin with a few words about androgyny.
The truth, of course, is that Jan Morris does not know it is nonsense. She thinks this is what it is about. And I wonder about all this, wonder how anyone in this day and age can think that this is what being a woman is about. And as I wonder, I find myself thinking a harsh feminist thought. It would be a man, I think. Well, it would, wouldn't it?
At its best, that [options] is exactly what the movement is about. But it just doesn't work out that way. Because the hardest thing for us to accept is the right to those options. I hear myself saying those words: What this [Feminist] movement is about is options. I say it to friends who are frustrated, or housebound, or guilty, or child-laden, and what I am really thinking is, If you really got it together, the option you would choose is mine.
A book of essays on women and feminism. Contents: A few words about breasts.--Fantasies.--On never having been a prom queen.--The girls in the office.--Reunion.--Miami.--Vaginal politics.--Bernice Gera, first lady umpire.--Deep throat.--On consciousness-raising.--Dealing with the, uh, problem.--The hurled ashtray.--Truth and consequences.--Baking off.--The pig.--Crazy ladies: I.--Dorothy Parker.--A star is born.--Women in Israel: the myth of liberation.--The littlest Nixon.--Divorce, Maryland style.--Rose Mary Woods: the lady or the tiger?--No, but I read the book--Crazy ladies: II.--Conundrum.