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Sugar in My Bowl by Erica Jong
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Aug 20, 2011

did not like it
Read in August, 2011

Not sure I'd be too quick to call a book like this transgressive and brave, like the descriptions I read about it did. Nearly every story was written by middle-class woman over the age of 50, about completely mundane, heteronormative sexual experiences. I believe there was one essay by a woman of color, and ZERO written about or by any lesbians or bisexuals. There was even a transphobic piece, which was just loooovely to find in a book that's supposed to be inclusive and empowering.

Beyond all that, the writing was so middlebrow and vanilla it was a tough slog, prompting a lot of eyerolls. Look elsewhere, feminist lovers of good writing!
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Rachel I'm glad you mentioned the transphobia. I saw it--it was jarring and appalling.

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