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Without a Net by Michelle Tea
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Jan 04, 09

Read in January, 2006

This collection of autobiographical accounts written by working class women about their experiences is one that the privileged will gingerly add to their "study" of gender and class inequalities - and perhaps wisely so. This book offers a rare and honest glimpse into the lives of working class women- in their own words.
The rest of us -
the rest of us will find a comforting sense of familiarity in the threads of desperation, desire, resourcefulness and tenacity in the things we can and will do to survive. These stories are at once empowering and disheartening - sometimes embarrassing, revolting - insightful, surprising. No woman should have to maneuver such a delicate balancing act between the normal life-path trajectory to which most women are entitled, and a certain and un-cushioned fall from grace. Shelter,education, health care, food, child care - these are the things that no person should have to go without. Everybody knows that the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor- but until everybody makes a concerted effort to understand what that means - REALLY what it means and what it looks like and how it feels and how it manifests in this society-
then it's all just a line in a song everybody knows.
Read this book.
It is real.
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