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Group Two

July 21, 2013

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Carla Blumenkranz, Emily Gould, Emily Witt

? (2013). Group Two. In , n. (ed) No Regrets: Three Discussions. n+1, pp. 39-70

47

One thing I remember doing at that age is reading every magazine and every journal all the way through. I didn't think to skip things because I felt I didn't know enough yet to be allowed to skip anything. [...]

hahhaha i still do this (and i feel guilty when i mark something as "read" on goodreads without having read all the way through)

—p.47 by Carla Blumenkranz 2 years, 10 months ago

One thing I remember doing at that age is reading every magazine and every journal all the way through. I didn't think to skip things because I felt I didn't know enough yet to be allowed to skip anything. [...]

hahhaha i still do this (and i feel guilty when i mark something as "read" on goodreads without having read all the way through)

—p.47 by Carla Blumenkranz 2 years, 10 months ago
54

[...] I read like five male coming-of-age novels that had intense, long passages about masturbation. These books taught me a lot about what it must be like to be a young man, and gave me some terrible ideas about the kind of woman I didn't want to be, in order to not be thought dull or needy by the intelligent, masturbating young men I liked, but they did not help me understand my life. [...]

—p.54 by Emily Witt 2 years, 10 months ago

[...] I read like five male coming-of-age novels that had intense, long passages about masturbation. These books taught me a lot about what it must be like to be a young man, and gave me some terrible ideas about the kind of woman I didn't want to be, in order to not be thought dull or needy by the intelligent, masturbating young men I liked, but they did not help me understand my life. [...]

—p.54 by Emily Witt 2 years, 10 months ago
56

[...] These were the books that were handed to me, and so I thought, this is something that I have to get used to. I knew that if I had been a young man, I would mimic these novels too. The realization that there were parts of that acting out that I didn't get to do, solely because of my gender, and other parts in which my acting out was seen differently, not as fun but desperate, was devastating. I can't even explain how devastating that was. I couldn't even think of the ethics of any of it because all I saw was the role I was confined to in those stories. I can't think of a book that I would've given myself that would've armed me against that feeling. I got really mad at the books. I remember getting mad at a boyfriend who had lied and saying, "YOU THINK YOU'RE THE HERO OF A FUCKING UPDIKE NOVEL." But it was my role I resented, the role of the bovine female, while he was the Julian Sorel, the deceptive, neurotic, charmingly flawed hero balancing competing claims for this affection--again, the bearer of narrative.

on Roth

—p.56 by Emily Witt 2 years, 10 months ago

[...] These were the books that were handed to me, and so I thought, this is something that I have to get used to. I knew that if I had been a young man, I would mimic these novels too. The realization that there were parts of that acting out that I didn't get to do, solely because of my gender, and other parts in which my acting out was seen differently, not as fun but desperate, was devastating. I can't even explain how devastating that was. I couldn't even think of the ethics of any of it because all I saw was the role I was confined to in those stories. I can't think of a book that I would've given myself that would've armed me against that feeling. I got really mad at the books. I remember getting mad at a boyfriend who had lied and saying, "YOU THINK YOU'RE THE HERO OF A FUCKING UPDIKE NOVEL." But it was my role I resented, the role of the bovine female, while he was the Julian Sorel, the deceptive, neurotic, charmingly flawed hero balancing competing claims for this affection--again, the bearer of narrative.

on Roth

—p.56 by Emily Witt 2 years, 10 months ago