Part social history, part social commentary, part personal account of the author's own relationship with her mother and her children, To Hell with All That is about the things that interest Flanagan the most: women and children, households and marriages. Presented as a series of essays, it follows the natural course of women's lives. Without offering a prescription for happiness, it defines where Flanagan wants to be: in a world where a woman is depended on, and considered irreplaceable, by people who love her.
"The author claims she's not a cook, but in her debut book she proves herself to be one heck of a pot-stirrer." (Publishers Weekly)
The subtitle, "Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife," leads one to believe that there is some conflict in the author's mind as to a woman's proper destiny. Not so. The author herself is eloquent and well-educated, but strangely disgusted with herself and womankind for shirking what she views as women's work, i.e., cooking, cleaning, child rearing. By chapter 1, she has revealed her anti-choice views, and by chapter 2, she is advocating that women use sex to get what they want from their husbands. She views the feminist movement extremely negatively, needless to say. She even calls herself "uppity" for not being more dedicated to her home and family. I found it impossible to listen to the entire book.
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