Updated: Oct 4, 2020
Books that every women should read. Daddy Issues by Katherine Angel
❉ A personal essay on the entanglement of fathers and feminism. Contemporary feminism has re-embraced thinking about the big ideas - patriarchy, capitalism, care. But contemporary concern about men tends to relate to the men in our lives other than our fathers: our partners, friends, colleagues, bosses - many of whom are also, of course, fathers.
❉ Discontent with fathers has increasingly been privatised within feminist discourse. Daddy issues have been relegated to the realm of personal problems individuals take to therapists. In this bold, daring essay Katherine Angel asks:
what is the father daughter relationship today?
How can it be understood politically?
What political harms are done in the name of a father's love?
Drawing on classic works by Virginia Woolf and Valerie Solanas along with more recent examples drawn from literature, film and TV, Angel examines how artists have conveyed the painful powers of the father in relation to the daughter.
❊ Who is this #remarkable woman ?
Katherine received her PhD from the History and Philosophy of Science Department at Cambridge University, after which she held a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the History of Medicine at Warwick University. She is currently completing a monograph on 'Female Sexual Dysfunction' in psychiatry. Her research has been published in History of the Human Sciences, Biosocieties, and Current Opinion in Psychiatry, and her writing has appeared in Prospect, The New Statesman, The Independent, and Aeon magazine. Her work of literary non-fiction on sexuality and feminism, Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult To Tell, is published by Allen Lane/Penguin in the UK and Farrar, Straus & Giroux in the USA.
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