Running through a recent Psychology Today profile on feminist/Democratic pundit/Fox News talking head Susan Estrich I came across an interesting fact: she once wrote a diet book. What?
Dealing with your weight in a healthy way, as opposed to letting it get in the way of your life—which I did for many years, is a feminist issue. And to get stuck on weight, to be standing in a dressing room with women of every nationality, talking about how much they hate themselves—"I hate my hips, I hate my thighs, I hate my stomach, I hate myself"—is not very feminist. And it sold more copies than any other book I ever wrote.Um, hm. I looked up the book. Making A Case For Yourself , it's called. The last chapter is called "Why You Need New Underwear." Oh god.
So...why do you need new underwear? Well, you can't really search inside the book. I imagine that feeling confident and sexy and secure in your attractiveness is all part of being a good feminist and it is a lot easier if you have nice underwear, though I have gotten to the point where on the off-chance I get laid I do not really give a shit if I am wearing the giant stained Queen-sized Hanes I bought one morning in desperation at the Chestnut Rite Aid, because, you know, like that guy is really going to become my husband anyway. But wait, I'm off-topic: is there such a thing as a "diet book for smart women"? I know I write about dieting a lot, namely to derive page views from a common dysfunction so many of us have shared, but seriously, a whole book? I promise you that you will lose more weight if you just sit still a minute and read, like, the New York Review Of Books or something. Oh shit, there I start with the dieting advice again.
Susan Estrich On The Battle Of The Sexes [Psychology Today]