Perhaps what I was looking for was a story about a woman’s difficulty navigating the world of love and romance while also being out of a job, something I bet a lot of us can relate to. At first, Dating Tips for the Unemployed looked promising.
Dating and trying to the find the “right one at this particular time because I want to get laid or at least not spend a Saturday night on the couch with a remote in one hand and a pint of store brand of mint chocolate chip mint ice cream in the other” while out of work can be quite a conundrum. Its book jacket provided a lot positive comments and Smyles’ author photo showed an attractive woman in a fetching retro look.
Sure, this pretty much explains what it’s like to be out of work for most people…only not.
But apparently Iris lives in a different world than most of us.
This book is slim, but is big on projects, ideas, and practical advice. Crafting With Feminism is a welcome addition to feminist-minded crafters and feminists alike.
in Angela Nissel, Book Reviews, Books, Chick Lit, Dating Tips for the Unemployed, Family, Fiction, I'm With the Band, Iris Smyles, Pamela Des Barres, The Broke Diaries, Uncategorized ≈ Leave a comment I don’t know what I was looking for when I found Smyles book in the fiction section of my local library.
When it comes to music Burton offers selections like Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill, Q. Burton suggests books like Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, Craftivism by Betsy Greer and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.Some live in impressive privilege and others dreary lives of poverty.Difficult Women is made of 21 stories, dissimilar yet fully connected.Even though these sisters (by society’s standards) should have staked out their own separate lives, I understood how this might be nearly impossible for them. Another story I adored is Gay’s fable-like “Requiem for a Glass Heart.” In this story the wife is made entirely of glass, her husband is fully-human.The title story “Difficult Women” Gay defines “loose,” “frigid,” “crazy” women along with mothers and dead girls through vividly written definitions and descriptions: Just what does a loose woman see when she sees herself in a mirror? The glass wife is smooth, hairless, and transparent.