Tuesday, June 29, 2010
From the book:
Kiss My Tiara
by Susan Jane Gilman
"Most women today wants two things: (1) some smart, no-nonsense advice about how to navigate the world, and (2) to laugh. Ideally, we want both these things at once.
"Woman have acquired all the responsibilities that come with sexual equality, i.e. earn their own paycheck, but few of the equal benefits. They were encouraged to be empowered but vilified for being feminists. They have more career opportunities than ever, but somehow they still get the message that: 'A bustier, not a brain, is the real source of "Girl Power".
"Women are inspired to scale the corporate ladder, but they are also fully aware that it still bumps up against the glass ceiling, and that, more often than not, some guys is still peeking up their skirts as they climb.
"Many corporate women's personal battles are not in the boardrooms or courtrooms but in their own bathrooms.
"It is true that most women literally can't see past the nose of their face.
"For women's progressive prima donnas, The Rules, at first glance, is nothing but a warmed-over version of the "Trade your hymen for a diamond" formula that nice girls followed.
"My grandma said: 'Have another piece of cake and wash it down with a gin and tonic.'
"My grandma also said: 'Take a few lovers, travel the world, and don't take any crap.'
Finally, remember: To address women's issues without humour in this day and age is sort of criminally negligent. Because, really, it's the only sane choice. If we don't use humour and irreverence, what are the alternatives? Anger, fear and victimhood - and Goddess knows we've had enough of that!