“I used to love the power I had over men. Walking down the street, my mandolin-shaped ass swaying and swinging to their backward eyes. How strange that I only completely knew this power when it was gone.”
How could any woman of a certain age fail to respond to these opening lines of Erica Jong’s new novel, Fear of Dying, expressing the moment every woman dreads, when her sexuality becomes invisible to all, and perhaps lost to herself as well?
Now all we need is for people to realise that with this power than fertile women have over men there’s not all that much oppression and patriarchy going on.