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Her past books, including “The Purity Myth” and “Full Frontal Feminism,” have been essayistic and polemical.
But she, like so many of her feminist icons, invokes that old mantra about the personal and the political.“As a culture, we’re only comfortable with women’s sexual stories being told from a male point of view,” Ms. “It’s not that we’re not comfortable with women’s sexuality — we see women’s sexuality plastered all over ads and movies and television shows.
I guess that’s why I’m more to the side of reticence and discretion than full-blown execution.”For her, it is a kind of anguish to call upon the personal, and the personal parts of her books are, she said, the ones she hates to write. Laing does it, in part because, as she said, “I guess I think it’s ethical to make something of your own experience transparent if you’re going to be digging around in other peoples’ lives.”Unlike Ms.
Laing, the feminist author and blogger Jessica Valenti, 37, recently decided to embrace the personal with impunity.
In considering questions like why she was not married or almost married (and why many of her friends who wanted to be married were also not married), Ms.
Witt, who has written for the London Review of Books and The New Yorker, and is a contributing editor to T: The New York Times Style Magazine, recalled thinking that “technology had changed.
“All I saw was loneliness and anxiety and frozen eggs and criticizing men.
I wanted to find an independence from that.”When Ms.
She was in Cambridge, England, when I reached her to discuss her approach to the personal.
carries with it a persistent whiff of strangeness, deviance and failure” — moved to New York City for a man and then he left her, sending her spiraling into the kind of year that can, if you are Ms. Instead, she takes long, introspective walks through the city where she is loveless and occasionally so unmoored that she can barely bring herself to order coffee, too vulnerable to cope with her barista’s continuing inability to decode her English accent.