Bitch Magazine: “My Absolute Misogny”

Published at Bitch Magazine, September 2017

But on a more fundamental level, the book fails to accomplish its author’s intention, one we’re familiar with thanks to a fawning interview in The Guardian, in which Tallent said: “We need more books like this, about survivors and abuse.” Tallent, like so many men before him, is apparently unaware of the huge body of literature by women who’ve survived incest and child sexual assault. Instead, he appropriates the most intimate and violating parts of women’s lives in a quest for critical acclaim. The use of sexual violence against women for shock value and literary awards is nothing new, but that doesn’t make it less repulsive.

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