International Women’s Day today. Beats and Women. It’s a thorny ol’ question. What place for women? Undeniably a male-driven movement, was it (must it forever be seen as) an alienating, even misogynist, movement?, an irredeemably sexist movement?… Yes, and no – What of the great occluded women? What of half of the culture marginalized and exploited? (rebellion, so much easier for “the boys’ club”!). What of the great (Beat) women writers (only now being properly acknowledged and (re)discovered). What do we see when we look back (and when we look forward) ?
“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by wedding planners, dieting, in shapewear,dragging themselves in cute outfits through the freezer section for the semifreddo bender…”Read Amy Newman’s “Howl”, (“Howl” from a (2015) feminist perspective).