And the Bridge Is Love (Jewish Women Writers) by Faye Moskowitz

By Faye Moskowitz

"A publication that may make you get up and cheer."—The Detroit News

"Bridges the space among humor and depression, prior and current, Jew and gentile, to bare its author's easy humanity, deeply rooted in her unwavering love of family members. . . . Touching and compelling."—The Washington Post

"A glossy woman's historic voice, jam-packed with the juicy style of life—knowing, loving, feeling, and clever."—Lore Segal

The Feminist Press brings again into print a literary gem.

Faye Moskowitz is writer of A Leak within the center: own Essays and lifestyles Stories and Whoever unearths This: i like You, a suite of reports. She teaches writing at George Washington University.

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Importantly, these six chapters are meant both as contained analyses about particular subjects and as pieces of a larger conversation about the tensions outlined so far. By connecting data from popular culture, social science literatures, and cultural texts with women’s own scripts and narratives (as gleaned in the qualitative interviews), the texture of the challenges women face sexually come alive. I conceptualize performance as a paradigm in women’s lives, that is, a concept rather than a distinct action; as such, each of these chapters fits into this paradigm in a different manner.

During the women’s liberation movement, women lobbied publicly for orgasms—the right to have them, the right to talk about them, and the right to reject the false claim of the vaginal orgasm as superior to the clitoral orgasm (Jeffreys, 1990). For example, Anne Koedt (1973) cited the then-recent scientific work of Kinsey and colleagues (1953) 42 PERFORMING SEX and Masters and Johnson (1966)—which found that women orgasmed more frequently and easily from clitoral stimulation than vaginal stimulation—as more factual than Freud, and less attached to proper ideals of womanhood.

Would women resist these drugs or comply with cultural expectations that they need them? How would the introduction of women’s Viagra onto the marketplace change women’s experiences of sex and/or complicate expectations of sexual performance? What do women’s feelings about sexual pharmaceuticals say about the norms of sexual performance? What does medi(c)ated sexuality look like? Chapters 4 and 5, though seemingly opposite in their approach to the study of sexual performance, address questions that parallel each other.

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