Women and Other Monsters, by Jess Zimmerman

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"To be woman is to be monstrous," Zimmerman writes, and in essays as arresting as this statement, she shows that this monstrousness, far from being the fault condemned by patriarchal culture, is a source of strength women should accept and foster. Blending personal stories, Greek mythology, and reflections on femininity, Zimmerman asks what would happen if women, instead of being pliant, allowed themselves to bare their claws, be fearsome, and fight back? Monsters like Medusa, the Sirens, the Furies, and the many others Zimmerman discusses, are powerful, unrestrained, and enduring; through their examples, Zimmerman calls for women to embrace their powers--razor teeth, snake hair, and all. 

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ISBN: 9780807054932
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Published: Beacon Press - March 9th, 2021