Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up by Caren Osten Gerszberg, Leah Odze Epstein

By Caren Osten Gerszberg, Leah Odze Epstein

Even if you drink it or now not, alcohol is probably going a effective a part of your lifestyles: our tradition is saturated in it. Ask any lady you recognize to inform you a ingesting tale, and she’ll get a hold of one—in truth, she may also get a hold of 5. With buddies and with coworkers, at date evening and at ladies' evening, and on certain events starting from Valentine’s Day to the great Bowl, we stumble upon alcohol—yet in terms of discussing the character of our courting with consuming, few folks accomplish that in truth and openly.

In Drinking Diaries, editors Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg take women's ingesting tales out of the closet and into the sunshine. even if it’s disgrace, sober intercourse, and relapsing, or collage consuming, bonding, and evaluating the advantages of pot vs. booze, no subject regarding alcohol is off limits during this illuminating anthology. With contributions from celebrated writers together with Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin, Kathryn Harrison, Ann Hood, Ann Leary, Pam Houston, Jane Friedman, Elissa Schappell, Asra Nomani, Priscilla Warner, Rita Williams, and Joyce Maynard, Drinking Diaries is a candid examine the pleasures and pains of consuming, and the various ways that it touches women’s lives.

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These two nebulous concepts are gradually assuming more concrete shape, although in searching for more precise definition, psychologists still have recourse only to the opinions and attitudes of the tradition. Recall, for example, the most masculine person and the most feminine person you know, and list their characteristics. Out of such listings of subconscious and unverbalized impressions two psychological entities have emerged, with a surprising amount of agreement about them. The "masculine character" has more self-assertion, aggressiveness, hardihood, fearlessness, and also more bluntness of manner, language, and sentiment.

That it is not inevitably so, however, is made fairly clear by anthropological studies of primitive societies. If in these simpler cultures, where the biological sex function would be even more compulsive than in our own technically controlled society, one may find either man-dominated or woman-dominated societies, there is no reason to assume that the culture pattern must be entirely determined by human biological functions. For example, among the Tchambuli, as described by Margaret Mead, our own Western sex roles are reversed.

Experiments on human subjects are not possible, but evidence is frequently available from the analysis of social data. It is 37 Educating Women for a Changing World probable that the more emancipated attitudes in women tend to be associated with the trait of masculinity; both may develop through environmental circumstance, such as excessive growth, a broken home, or being the only child. Certainly even the most casual as well as the more pretentious polls will demonstrate the remarkable sex differences in the self-regarding attitudes.

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