The novels that began to appear around the time the Women’s Liberation Movement emerged are testament to the attractions of feminist thought for a wide range of women. Fiction allows for the luxury of experimentation and can give voice to taboos and contradictions, and these writers, some card-carrying feminists (in the sense that they concerned themselves with the political agenda of Women’s Liberation), were able to depict scenarios familiar to their readers, but which perhaps had never been articulated in words before. The life stories which are the staple of these feminist bestsellers tantalized the readers with the promise of the kind of deep dark revelations of autobiography. In these popular novels we find evidence of the twin pulls of Friedan’s call for a new individual self-determination and a utopian wish for collective action resulting in massive social change. Whether or not the writers were feminists, the themes chimed with the feminist debates being held on both sides of the Atlantic. Quite often these novels included an account of each stage of a woman’s life, from adolescence through to motherhood, and these shared thematic concerns revealed a recognition that the indoctrination of women into the ways of femininity runs deep.
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