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ISBN:
0394471563
Author:
Alix Kates Shulman
Category:
True Crime
Language:
English
Publisher:
Random House Inc; 1st edition (April 1, 1972)
Pages:
274 pages
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1939 kb
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Rating:
4.1
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Alix Kates Shulman (born August 17, 1932) is an American writer of fiction, memoirs, and essays, as well as one of the early radical activists of second-wave feminism.

Alix Kates Shulman (born August 17, 1932) is an American writer of fiction, memoirs, and essays, as well as one of the early radical activists of second-wave feminism. She is best known for her bestselling debut adult novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen (Knopf, 1972), "one of the first novels to emerge from the Women's Liberation Movement" (Oxford Companion to Women's Writing).

Alix Kates Shulman's Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen created a profound impact on the cultural landscape when it was originally published in 1972. A sardonic portrayal of one white.

Alix Kates Shulman's novel Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, a "lost classic" of the second wave that was reissued in 2007. I'd read and enjoyed Shulman's 1996 memoir Drinking the Rain, so I had high hopes for this. But reading it was a mixed experience. Sure, I appreciated how revolutionary some of the sentiments were at the time, and I thought a lot of it was funny and interesting and smart, but the writing style was a bit awkward, the plot was kind of a mess, and ultimately the ending was unsatisfying.

Poignant and breathtakingly honest, Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen remains a feminist landmark-a unique .

Poignant and breathtakingly honest, Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen remains a feminist landmark-a unique blend of fun (Jezebel) and devastating (The Boston Globe). This story, told with astringent wit, explores every facet and cliché of what it means to grow up female and beautiful. Andi Zeisler, author of We Were Feminists Once An extraordinary novel. Fiction Coming of Age.

Alix Kates Shulman's Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen created a profound impact on the cultural landscape when . Lizzie Skurnick, Jezebel. Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen is a vivid reminder of just how much-and sometimes, how little-has changed for women in the last 35 years. Extremely relevant-I loved it!

Alix Kates Shulman, New York, New York. The reissue of Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, with new author Preface & new cover goes on sale.

Alix Kates Shulman, New York, New York. 15 July ·. Excellent thoughtful piece by Rebecca Solnit on why Jeffrey Epstein got away with it for so long

Poignant and breathtakingly honest, Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen remains a feminist landmark-a . Alix Kates Shulman (b. 1932) is the celebrated author of fourteen books, including the bestselling novel Memoirs of an Ex–Prom Queen (1972), which established her as a primary figure in feminism’s second wave. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Shulman studied philosophy at Columbia University and received an MA at New York University.

Photo: Sara Krulwich. Alix Kates Shulman had been a radical feminist in New York City for several years when her novel, Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen, hit shelves in 1972. At that point, the women’s movement had spread far beyond the coastal cities and onto the covers of mainstream magazines, not to mention the Senate floor. Without mentioning politics at all, Prom Queen laid out a case for revolution, following Sasha, one white, Midwestern girl in the 1950s, from her repressive girlhood to the lonely, mind-numbing churn of early motherhood.

New deals hatch every day! Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen. My gratitude to the Redstockings sisters, Aphra, and David Segal (1928-1970). On the Sunday of my first lecture a sealed note was left at my hotel for me. The anonymous writer warned me of a plot against my life: I was going to be shot when about to enter the hall, he assured m. .I walked leisurely from the hotel to the meeting-place. When within half a block of it I instinctively raised to my face the large bag I always carried.

Sasha Davis recalls the experiences that followed her high school initiation into the rites of middle class society
  • Era
What a great feminist book, and by “feminist” I don’t mean the exclusion of men, I mean an understanding of the experience of being a woman not that long ago. Sasha grew up in the 40s and 50s. Life was very different for women then, and they didn’t have the choices we have now. Most women married and had children and stayed home to be homemakers. If they went to college, it was to find a husband. Sasha is obsessed with being beautiful throughout her life because that was the biggest source of power for a woman. She studies philosophy in college, travels to Europe, and delays marriage and children. She wants to be independent but craves the validation of men. She constantly struggles with her vanity and her conflicting desire to be free. How far we’ve come but not far enough. Women are still not paid equal pay and the Equal Rights Amendment, which was defeated in the 70s, was never passed. Women are not equal under the Constitution. I think a lot of people don’t realize this little fact. Sasha’s story ended abruptly and I hoped she’d accomplish more, as I hope women continue to achieve more and keep moving forward in the desire to be treated equally in this country and the world.
  • Leyl
The things I remembered most vividly from my early reading included the college student's epiphany and subsequent construction of the time line. (I'm not going into detail because for those who read this review who haven't read the book, I want to save the details for their discovery when they do read the book), the "pantsing" episode, and Sasha's loneliness regardless of which set of characters she is with and whatever activities are going on. I loved and resonated with all of these things again and this time noticed more closely the on-going autopsy of the marriage/no marriage, children/no children quandary. We who were early women's liberation activists and advocates have often been criticized for not paying attention and not giving respect and honor to women who chose to be mothers. A reading of this book makes clear how wrong, how inattentive, that criticism is. Recognizing and acknowledging that by our children we are held hostage does not mean we didn't honor those (among whom most of us counted ourselves eventually) who did have children. I don't remember reading any book by any of the early second wave feminists in which that combination of love and fear is made more explicit. But what I loved most about the book then and now is the intelligence that underlies it. We read about all sorts of awakenings in here but where it is about sex or social condition about gender performativity or comparative cultures what I cherish most is the brilliance of the mind recording and questioning and thinking about it all.

I've read some of the very critical or snarky or disinterested reviews by contemporary readers and I was shocked by them. I guess those readers wouldn't understand the context of 19th century novels any better than they understand Memoirs of an Ex-Prom Queen but at least they would understand that they were reading about a time and social reality different from their own. It's sad to see them talk about a book that seems to have been assigned reading but for which they have no context.
  • Hellstaff
This book was a complete surprise. I was expecting a light little superficial story but WOW! Where do I begin? First it is beautifully written-- artfully crafted of to convey exactly the nuances of story and ideas. Secondly it is poignant and insightful, conveying problems and issues which face women even today. Third, it is deep and, I think, quite disturbing. I found the end quite sad. Is a person really immutably set at age 30?
  • Fenius
If you want to understand the roots and causes of the Women's Liberation movement that sprung to life in the 1960s, this novel would be a good place to start. By the time it was published in 1972, things were already beginning to change. And now of course, girls are outdoing boys and women men in almost every sphere, to the extent that we are reading about the "death of men and masculinity." In that sense, this book is a kind of time capsule.

Sasha, the heroine, is an intelligent woman who grows up in a middle class family in a suburb of Cleveland in the 1950s. But early on, she understands that no other fate is possible for her other than marriage and motherhood. And in order to achieve that, she has to be beautiful. "By the third grade, with every other girl in Baybury Heights, I came to realize that there was only one things worth bothering about: becoming beautiful."

Sasha does become beautiful -- but she's never fully convinced that she is. Self-disgust is always lurking, ready to to take over her mind. She also grabs on the idea that her beauty will have faded and be over by the time she hits 30. This makes her desperate and she responds by giving herself sexually pretty much to any man that asks. From age 15, when she is crowned Prom Queen, Sasha seems to feel that she has only one thing to give -- which is sex. Occasionally she manages to resist the most loathsome suitors but more often, without joy or pleasure, she succumbs.

Incidentally all the men in this book are portrayed with withering contempt, including both of her husbands. Men are seen as without exception as borderline rapists (and sometimes they cross the border). They take what they regard as theirs without consideration -- just because it's the way it's always been. Sex is a form of power rather than intimacy and everyone, including Sasha's, parents, conspires to keep the system the way it is.

Sasha drifts from one rotten affair to another in America and Europe. She marries a boring history professor, eventually wriggles free of him only to fall into the arms of a second husband who seems more sympathetic until the two children arrive, at which point he is revealed as a selfish and self-indulgent bully not that much different from the rest.

It's kind of hard to like Sasha because she doesn't much like herself. And she is a bit of a quitter too. She doesn't really fight -- she leaves. She makes scant effort to gain the career her talents deserve and though she rebels intellectually against the system, her rebellion never takes the form of action.

This is an interesting and entertaining novel and a revealing slice of social history. It could have used a more feisty heroine -- but perhaps it would not then have been so honest.