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Posted December 26, 2011
Reaching a milestone like fifty can be earth shattering to many however Erica Jong has been able to open up and share her wit and wisdom marking this half century mark.
In Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir by Erica Jong, the writer delves back to her life well lived and attempts to pass along gems of wisdom.
One of the most powerful is the chapter entitled ¿Doña Juana Gets Smart, or a Good Girl¿s Guide to Bad Boys.¿ She lays it all out. However as she quotes an Arabic proverb, ¿If you lack Freedom, you cannot give it to others.¿
As in most of her writings Jong gives women to freedom to be sexual and expressive and not be afraid to be honest to themselves.
The dozen fallacies women buy, with are followed with an explanation in the book. Here they are simply listed:
If he loves me, he¿ll be faithful forever.
I need a man to feel whole.
If you use your power to support a man, he¿ll always support you.
Men love it when you tell the truth about your relationship.
Men love women who never oppose them and cater to their every whim.
Men want to be knights on white chargers and rescue you.
Men hate feminist.
Men love babies and all ache to be devoted daddies.
Men like lusty women.
Men are rational, women irrational.
Men hate women who have more money than they do.
Men like beautiful women with perfect features and perfect bodies.
I believe that these capture the essence of the message that Jong convenes over and over again in her writings. She simply is pushing the envelope for her fellow sisters and wants to empower them to be whatever they want to be.
Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir by Erica Jong is a great guide for women to discover their inner being, it is great guide for men to understand what women are thinking inside their very complex brain.
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Posted February 19, 2010
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