Katie Roiphe Feels Ambivalent About Feeling Ambivalent – The New York Times

She wants to explore the subject of “women strong in public, weak in private.” She’s especially fascinated by the example of writers like Simone de Beauvoir and Mary McCarthy — women who projected indomitable personas on the page even as they were in thrall to men who could be monstrous. “Is there a particular kind of abjection that some of us are drawn to, participate in, possibly romanticize,” Roiphe asks, “even though nothing about our external lives necessarily suggests it?”

For her, the answer is decidedly yes.
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