I've recently read six books coined as "Chick Lit," and I
am slightly bothered by the term and its lack of respect in the literary world.
The books: Good in Bed, Little Earthquakes,
Spur of the Moment, Dirty Girls Social Club,
I Love Everybody (And Other Atrocious Lies and The
Autobiography of a Fat Bride , all address
race, class and gender; the books are comforting
in a world filled with chaos and without answers.
I think these books do represent feminist ideals,
and I wanted your opinion. Does, chick lit
address feminist principals and how?
I do think that these books are feminist--they
aren't exclusively feminist, but they address
feminist concerns and issues as much as an academic
treatise does. I actually just blurbed a book of this genre -- Becoming
A Goddess of Inner Poise. In general, I think that
these books get at women's anxieties and fears
and successes in a way that conventional feminism
hasn't been able to. However, I also think they
are limited, they to do little to move beyond
That's my two cents.