Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-210) and index.
Are bad girls casualties of patriarchy, a necessary evil, or visionary pioneers? The authors in this volume propose shifts in our perceptions of bad girls by providing new ways to understand them through the case of Japan. By tracing the concept of the bad girl as a product of specific cultural assumptions and historical settings, Bad Girls of Japan maps new roads and old detours in revealing a disorderly politics of gender.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-338) and index.
Urban spectatorship -- Contested terrain : new social actors -- "The Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon" -- "The Maiden Tribute" : cultural consequences -- The Men and Women's Club -- Science and the sâeance : transgressions of gender and genre -- Jack the Ripper -- Epilogue : The Yorkshire Ripper.
"Portions of this book have appeared in Esquire magazine, New York magazine, and Rolling stone."
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.--Crazy ladies: I.--The pig.--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.
The dialectic of sex -- On American feminism -- Freudianism : the misguided feminism -- Down with childhood -- Racism : the sexism of the family of man -- Love -- The culture of romance -- (Male) culture -- Dialectics of cultural history -- Feminism and ecology.
Griffin examines the nature of women and women's roles in Western culture, and shows how the ways that we subordinate the role of women in society are deliberately similar to the ways that we attempt to exclude and subordinate nature. Featuring the brilliant original title essay that is nothing less than an intellectual and emotional exploration of the nature of Western society itself, as well as Susan Griffin's best previously published essays over the past decade, The Eros of Everyday Life combines the beautiful lyricism and sensibility of a poet with the intellectual rigor of one of the finest and most original minds writing today.