The girl can't help it
Laura Kipnis takes on postfeminist culture in her latest
The Female Thing:
Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability
by Laura Kipnis
$24.00 List Price
"I was talking with my therapist today," my girlfriend tells me. "I deny myself pleasure," she says, with wistful resignation.
Midforties, attractive, relationships but never the white dress ("divorces without the wedding," she calls them), my girlfriend has enticing men circling the nest—the Elvis look-alike Yugoslavian sailor, the Richard Gere look-alike Italian ("former") porn star. Doesn't she sleep with them? Or at