Women and Desire: Beyond Wanting to Be Wanted
In Women and Desire: Beyond Wanting to Be Wanted, Polly Young-Eisendrath,Ph.D. challenges widely-held beliefs about female power and desire to show that women are trapped in a double bind. Encouraged to be Objects of Desire, they can take the role of “muse” – devoting themselves to being desirable, or they can claim their desires directly and be labeled as the “bitch/nag.” The muse can have no desires of her own and the bitch feels ashamed of herself and her desires. As a result, women young and old, are confused about autonomy — the skill and responsibility for making choices and decisions as an adult.