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Hillary Clinton: What Happened

In Feminism, Lifewriting by Angelina Eimannsberger

Our lifewriting blog for September continues with some reflections on Hillary Clinton’s just published memoir What Happened. Hillary Clinton was the first woman to be a major party’s candidate for president. She lost the election in 2016. Donald Trump became president. The Women’s March happened and we’ve felt a surge of resistance alongside the dark and depressing gloom of this …

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September Book Pic: Women’s Life Writing

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By Angelina Eimannsberger and Ian Kennedy, Indulgence Editors We’re excited to share that in September, Indulgence will be all about women’s life writing. We turn to narratives that women tell about their lives because by reading about the private, the specific, and the personal, we can assert the humanness of those sidelined in the current political situation: women, black women, …

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Conversations of Men and Women in Rachel Cusk’s “Outline”

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By Angelina Eimannsberger Outline (2014) is the first novel of Rachel Cusk’s critically acclaimed trilogy on female experience, followed by Transit (2016) and a forthcoming third installment, Kudos. The cis hetero female narrator, like Cusk, is a writer, divorced, a mother (in real life of two daughters, in the novel of two sons, so clearly gender difference matters here), and undermines …

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Radical Knowledge for Radical Action: Assata Shakur’s Autobiography

In Featured, Feminism, Intervention by Ian Kennedy

“The schools we go to are reflections of the society that created them. Nobody is going to teach you your true history, teach you your true heroes, if they know that that knowledge will help set you free. Schools in amerika are interested in brainwashing people with amerikanism, giving them a little bit of education, and teaching them the skills …

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Form Versus Content in Feminist Filmmaking: A Critique of Band Aid

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By Paula O’Donnell Zoe Lister-Jones wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in Band Aid, a film about the general dissonance of marriage, and romantic codependency undermined by tragedy. To have a female filmmaker wearing so many hats on a movie with a theatrical release is a feminist accomplishment in form within a profoundly male-dominated industry. A 2016 study from USC’s School …

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Bucking the Patriarchy in the Most Flagrant Way Possible: Julia Serano’s new book Outspoken.

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By Angelina Eimannsberger Gender theorist and feminist Julia Serano is one of our biggest inspirations at Indulgence. Her first book, Whipping Girl, is a brilliant intervention in the discourse of feminism, misogyny, and femininity from the perspective of a trans woman. Alongside Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, it is one of the most important recent manifesto-memoirs of trans women. Whipping Girl …

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Emma Cline’s “The Girls”: Seeing Evie

In Featured, Feminism, Narrative, Women and Novels by indulgence_old

By Angelina Eimannsberger Emma Cline’s 2016 debut The Girls is set in 1960s California. The novel tells the story of 14 year old Evie drifting in and out of a cult, of her fascination for the girls in it, especially Suzanne, and Evie’s shock at the violence its members commit. A confused, lonely teenager with divorced and clueless parents, Evie’s sexuality is a mystery even to herself. …

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Sincere feminism: Mindy Kaling’s narrative of confidence, hard work, and pleasure

In Feminism, Narrative, Pop Culture, Women and Novels by indulgence_old

“It’s so weird being my own role model. I recommend it.” –Mindy Lahiri, “The Mindy Project,” S1 E1 “Confidence is just entitlement. Entitlement has gotten a bad rap […] But entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you’d better make sure you deserve it […] I’m usually hyper-prepared for whatever I …

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The Mothers II: Complicated Heroines

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By Angelina Eimannsberger *Please note that this essay references major developments of The Mothers’ plot in its discussion of complicated heroines. Please read the novel, if you haven’t already, and then come back to this essay so we wont spoil your experience of plot and character development* The main character of Brit Bennett’s The Mothers, Nadia Turner is a complicated heroine who stands out in …