Virginia Woolf introduced us to the GÇ£Angel in the HouseGÇ¥, now prepare to meet... The Bitch In the House.
Women today have more choices than at any time in history, yet many smart, ambitious, contemporary women are finding themselves angry, dissatisfied, stressed out. Why are they dissatisfied? And what do they really want? These questions form the premise of this passionate, provocative, funny, searingly honest collection of original essays in which twenty-six women writersGÇöranging in age from twenty-four to sixty-five, single and childless or married with children or four times divorcedGÇöinvite readers into their lives, minds, and bedrooms to talk about the choices theyGÇÖve made, whatGÇÖs working, and whatGÇÖs not.
With wit and humor, in prose as poetic and powerful as it is blunt and dead-on, these intriguing women offer details of their lives that theyGÇÖve never publicly revealed before, candidly sounding off on:
GÇó The difficult decisions and compromises of living with lovers, marrying, staying single and having children
GÇó The perpetual tug of war between love and work, family and career
GÇó The struggle to simultaneously care for ailing parents and a young family
GÇó The myth of co-parenting
GÇó Dealing with helpless mates and needy toddlers
GÇó The constrictions of traditional womenGÇÖs roles as well as the cliches of feminism
GÇó Anger at laid-back live-in lovers content to live off a hardworking womanGÇÖs checkbook
GÇó Anger at being criticized for oneGÇÖs weight
GÇó Anger directed at their mothers, right and wrong
GÇó AndGÇôwellGÇômore anger...
GÇ£This book was born out of anger,GÇ¥ begins Cathi Hanauer, but the end result is an intimate sharing of experience that will move, amuse, and enlighten. The Bitch in the House is a perfect companion for your students as they plot a course through the many voices of modern feminism. This is the sound of the collective voice of successful women today-in all their anger, grace, and glory.
From The Bitch In the House:
GÇ£I believed myself to be a feminist, and I vowed never to fall into the same trap of domestic boredom and servitude that I saw my mother as being fully entrenched in; never to settle for a life that was, as I saw it, lacking independence, authority, and respect.GÇ¥ GÇôE.S. Maduro, page 5
GÇ£Here are a few things people have said about me at the office: GÇÿYouGÇÖre unflappable.GÇÖ GÇÿAre you ever in a bad mood?GÇÖ Here are things peopleGÇöokay, the members of my familyGÇöhave said about me at home: GÇÿGÇÿMommy is always grumpy.GÇÖ GÇÿWhy are you so tense?GÇÖ GÇÿYouGÇÖre too mean to live in this house and I want you to go back to work for the rest of your life!GÇÖGÇ¥ GÇôKristin van Ogtrop, page 161
GÇ£I didnGÇÖt want to be a bad mother I wanted to be my mother-safe, protective, rational, calm-without giving up all my anger, because my anger fueled me.GÇ¥ GÇô Elissa Schappell, page 195