Double Bind

Double Bind

Women on Ambition

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WW Norton
Breaking the last feminist taboo--once and for all.
Even as toweringly successful women from Gloria Steinem to Beyoncé embrace the word "feminism," the word "ambition," for many, remains loaded with ambivalence. Women who are naturally driven and goal-oriented shy away from it. They’re loath to see themselves—or be seen by others—as aggressive or, worst of all, as a bitch. Double Bind could not come at a more urgent time, a necessary collection that explodes this conflict, examining the concept of female ambition from every angle in essays full of insight, wisdom, humor, and rage.Perceptively identifying a paradox at the very heart of feminism, editor Robin Romm has marshaled a stunning constellation of thinkers to examine their relationships with ambition with candor, intimacy, and wit. Roxane Gay discusses how race informs and feeds her ambition. Theresa Rebeck takes on Hollywood and confronts her own unquenchable thirst to overcome its sexism. Francine Prose considers the origins of the stigma; Nadia Manzoor discusses its cultural weight. Women who work in fields long-dominated by men—from butchery to tech to dogsledding—weigh in on what it takes to crack that ever-present glass ceiling, and the sometimes unexpected costs of shattering it. The eternally complex questions of aspiration and identity can be made even more treacherous at the dawn of motherhood; Allison Barrett Carter attempts leaning in at home, while Sarah Ruhl tries to uphold her feminist vision within motherhood’s infinite daily compromises.Taken together, these essays show women from a range of backgrounds and at all stages of their lives and careers grappling with aspiration, failure, achievement, guilt, and, yes, success. Forthright and empowering, Double Bind breaks a long silence, reclaiming "ambition" from the roster of dirty words at last.

Baker & Taylor
The author of The Mother Garden presents an urgent exploration of why today's feminists still dissociate themselves from healthy ambition, sharing the views of such contributors as Ayana Mathis, Molly Ringwald and Roxane Gay to illuminate why ambition remains a taboo in gender equality.

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Contributors to this collection of essays by 24 women include novelists, playwrights, poets, and performers, as well as those in medicine and the tech industry. They describe their experiences of female ambition and reflect on why ambition in women is often seen in a negative light. Contributors include actress Molly Ringwald and writers Roxanne Gay, Nadia P. Manzoor, Francine Prose, and Sarah Ruhl. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)

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Presents an exploration of why today's feminists still dissociate themselves from healthy ambition, sharing the views of such contributors as Ayana Mathis, Molly Ringwald, and Roxane Gay to illuminate why ambition remains a taboo in gender equality.

Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781631491214
Branch Call Number: 305.42 D743 2017
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Romm, Robin - Editor

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Try "Double Bind" while you're waiting for Rebecca Solnit's "Men Explain Things to Me."


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