additionally re: girls
it’s a huge bummer that so many smart female writers REFUSE to acknowledge their privilege on this issue. as if admitting the playing field isn’t level will take away their success. i like a lot of caitlin moran’s points- a friend gave me her book and i liked about 75% of it. she is unfortunately a bit prone to bootstrappy borderline victim-blaming rhetoric and has dubious views on sex work- basically ALL of the opinions i found objectionable on her end were a result of her white, educated, heteronormative privilege. in summarizing my take on her book to a friend i said “i’d like to have drinks with her but i wouldn’t like her to represent my cause.”
see also: how sad sad sad i am about emily nussbaum’s love of “girls”- i have always had so much love for her reviews and taste, and a good friend of mine is very close to her and i really truly enjoyed the times we interacted. she’s goofy and usually “gets it” and it feels like a betrayal that she doesn’t get it now. then again she went to oberlin if you know what i mean.