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Contribution to "Let's Read About Sex".

Alison Bechdel's contribution to "Let's Read About Sex," New York Times Book Review, October 3, 2013

I WAS EXPLORING THE ATTIC, NOT LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR.

BUT I SUPPOSE AT 12 OR 13 WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR CLUES TO THE FATE THAT IS ABOUT TO BEFALL US.

SOON KATE MILLETT INTERRUPTS HER QUOTATION OF HENRY MILLER TO EXPLAIN HOW HE'S DEHUMANIZING THE WOMAN IN HIS STORY.

THE BOOK GOES ON LIKE THIS. ANALYSIS INTERSPERSED WITH QUOTATIONS.

IT WAS TEMPTING TO SKIP AHEAD TO THE PARTS BY MILLER, BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO MISS ANYTHING.

IN ANY CASE. I HIT THE MOTHER LODE.

I BEGAN DILIGENTLY AT THE BEGINNING.

A MAN PULLS A WOMAN INTO THE BATHTUB WITH HIM. THERE IS WRIGGLING, NIBBLING, GOBBLING, AND AN ALARMING NEW WORD THAT SEEMED TO INDICATE THE FEMALE GENITALIA.

MILLETT'S COMMENTARY HELPFULLY ELUCIPATED SOME OF THE MORE MYSTIFYING ACTIVITIES.

AND SOMEHOW, IN THE FRICTION BETWEEN THEIR TWO VOICES, THERE WAS SOMETHING IN ITSELF STRANGELY EROTIC.

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Author:Bechdel, Alison
Publication:Nexus: The International Henry Miller Journal
Article Type:Cartoon
Date:Jan 1, 2016
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