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I enjoyed the essay on oppression, which set the stage for what I was hoping to be an excellent collection of feminist essays.
What about gay men who came of age in an area (or era) where it wasn't safe to be out and proud about homosexuality?
What about gay men who wanted to have children, but weren't able to adopt due to draconian laws forbidding gays from adopting children? Marilyn Frye seriously has this as one of her bullet points. Some of her reflections on race are bizarre - “natives of India and Pakistan are generally counted as white in [america]”???
**It's a contradiction to say that men and women have given up most of these rituals, and so Frye is wrong to say that they are oppressive.
The male door opening ritual *Remember that a male ritual is not the same as human door opening event!
But whatever, I skimmed through the parts I found to be less interesting and the essays were okay.
Then I got to the essay "Lesbian Feminism and the Gay Rights Movement" which is basically a giant rant about how gay men are the torchbear I enjoyed the essay on oppression, which set the stage for what I was hoping to be an excellent collection of feminist essays.
The book is *so* structured, and her arguments are so succinct and well-formulated, so it's not a matter of the content being poorly explained; the content is just very, very deep.
The imagery Frye uses, especially, is really profound and elegant: the bird in a wire cage as an analogy for oppress This book is a must-read for anyone invested in feminism.