animal: the autobiography of a female body
Drunk off my whirlwind bookstore tour during my recent trip to London, I didn't know how to stop and at Heathrow, at the last moment, I went into the newsagent greedily looking for even more.
I walked away with Sara Pascoe's Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body, (along with two more - they were having a three for two sale, what was I supposed to do, buy only one or two?) I thought I didn't know who Pascoe is until I was told by the book jacket/remembered that she is in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (I haven't seen past the first season). I've since discovered she's also a stand-up comedienne.
I started Animal on the plane and am now a fanatical convert. Animal is a memoir, incredibly funny, and above all a fascinating critique and education of the history of women's bodies and sexuality. She discusses the anthropological theories as to how we got to where we are, physically, sexually, sociologically.
There are certainly things here that readers will already know, there were for me, but there were also a lot of illuminating and surprising theories and facts. She writes of the obvious patriarchal history and current states that affect almost all women in the world, just some more than others. But she also addresses how we often internalize these societal standards and turn them against ourselves and other women, perpetuating the standard.
And she's also clever and pointed and so very funny about it all.