Today’s Featured Comment
For me it was Marilyn French’s The Women’s Room. I read it in the early 80′s I think, I was unhappy with my life for many reasons – an unsatisfying marriage, children growing up and no longer needing me, at a crossroads in my own development.
That book helped me see my situation in a whole different light and I started to become politicized and to formulate my own feminism. I related so well to Mira, the heroine of that book – young, submissive, in a very traditional marriage, bored and unhappy. One scene I remember so well was her comment on her life as a young mother as being all about “Shit and string beans,” which exactly captured my own feelings.
I began reading other feminist writers of the day such as Germain Greer (The Female Eunuch), and the whole world finally made sense to me.
I eventually left that marriage, went back to university, graduated with a Masters in Education and have been living on my own ever since. I have never had any regrets about my decisions and am now living a full, active and loving life. Those early feminists were powerful women and I continue to use them as constant role models.
[This recommendation was originally posted in this conversation. ~ Eds.]
What book changed you?