Betty's Best Interview to Date

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 16:24
Submitted by Carlin Ross

Betty is a huge fan and when they called over the summer for an interview it was a resounding "yes".

Thank you, Melissa Gira Grant, for doing the best interview with Betty to date.  She starts off quoting Betty and includes two "fucks", covers the good girl vs. bad girl dichotomy of the feminist movement, how Eve Ensler cribbed Betty's bodysex workshops in The Vagina Monologues (noting it should be the "vulva" monologues), and finished with the need to focus on women's sexual pleasure. 

My favorite Q&A:

MGG: But it's all of a piece - all these people who are profoundly hostile to women having any power in their lives.

BD: Let's name them: ignorant fundamentalist Christians for the most part with some conservative Republicans thrown in. When I was shopping the memoir that's had several different titles, I changed it from My Sexual Revolution to My Romantic Love Wars, because that's what's going on today.

We are at war with men, and most women don't even know it. The first thing the male establishment wants to control is uterus and birth. You might call it womb envy. But even worse is the fact we are still using the male model of sexual response for women. Vaginal penetration only doesn't work for most of us. And we're not all meant to be monogamous either, especially since women are capable of having far more sex than men. Try to get that fact across in America!


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War and peace

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 02:41

When we declare ourselves to be at war, there must be an enemy---along with fear, hatred, hostility, and the desire to destroy that enemy in the name of self-preservation. I truly believe that it's time to give up the 'war' metaphor in human relations. It has its symbolic uses, up to a point; speaking of a right-wing 'war on women' makes sense to me on a gut level, given the climate in conservative religion and politics. I still think the metaphor is destructive in and of itself, however, because of the climate of hate and mistrust it fosters. For one thing, it borrows from the language of the powerful and aggressive and frames the world in the same conflictual terms.

If we're going to declare ourselves opposed to anything, let's be opposed to intolerance and bigotry and violence of all kinds, and any and all assertions of the 'natural superiority' of one group over another. We've had abundant and sad historical evidence of how destructive it is when one class of people really believes that it's superior to another. There remains much to be done in securing human rights all around the world, not least in our own privileged countries. Women's rights are at the top of the list. However, perpetuating a warring world of winners and losers, betters and inferiors, is not going to create the life of decency, equality, and compassion that people of good will desire.