Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger

Edited by Lilly Dancyger. Seal, $27 (272p) ISBN 978-1-58005-893-3
Editor Dancyger collects essays from 22 female writers contemplating (and unleashing) anger, continuing the #MeToo ethos of emotional transparency and righteous indignation, to bracing and powerful effect. The writers are a diverse group and cover a wide range of experiences. Samantha Riedel recalls unlearning a lifetime of aggressive masculine social conditioning after transitioning from male to female, while still harnessing the power of anger to scare off harassers and put TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists) in their place. Lisa Marie Basile documents years of suffering from a chronic illness and having her symptoms minimized by doctors and friends alike, declaring her refusal to be dismissed: “There is too much beauty in being alive to silence my intuition, to ignore my body, to not sing its needs and demand they be met.” Evette Dionne writes of the “angry black woman” stereotype, and how it silences women and shapes perceptions of famous African-American women such as Serena Williams. Other rage-inducing topics include intentional misgendering, religious discrimination, sexism in the classroom, and perimenopause. As Dancyger notes in her introduction, women’s anger has long been trivialized and discredited, but this collection allows that anger the space to flourish. It is a cathartic and often inspiring reading experience. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 08/08/2019
Release date: 10/08/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
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