Changing Attitudes

                                               Sharla Here

This week’s blog is going to be very different from past ones. Until now I have mainly focused on Myron’s novel, Twist; however, today I am going to introduce you to Perfect Fingers.

If you saw Myron’s post about the upcoming re-release of Perfect Fingers, you know that this novel is about a man in the 1970’s who gravitates to communes and tries to live a Zen life during that critical time when our country was convulsed by change and obsessed with self-discovery.

The 1970’s were, in many ways, the heart of the second wave of feminism: the US opened their first battered women’s shelter, colleges began offering women studies courses, the first women’s bank was opened, Title IX for equal education was passed, many organizations finally agreed to admit women, and for the first time in history more women entered college than men. While Perfect Fingers does not focus on The Women’s Rights Movement, many issues surrounding women and equality are prevalent in the novel.

One example is the way Perfect Fingers portrays sex and relationships, which mirrors society’s changing attitude toward these issues in the 1970s. In Perfect Fingers, men as well as women seek out non-monogamous sexual relationships. This idea, for women to want a sexual relationship, was taboo in the 1970’s, and still is in many circles today. Throughout the ’60s and ’70s this taboo was slowly releasing and many of the women in Perfect Fingers break out of traditional roles involving romantic relationships. However, not all of the women in the novel feel this way; some prefer monogamous relationships. Obviously, it makes sense that not all women feel the same way and want the same things. However, to use a religious metaphor, the mainstream attitude in society was that all women fell along two lines: the pure and holy Virgin Mary or the bad sinful whore Mary Magdalene. Like all dichotomies, this portrayal is over simplified and inapplicable to the real world.WomenWhile The Women’s Rights Movement sought equal pay, equal opportunities, fair treatment, and the end of inequality based on gender, they also sought to change societal attitudes toward women. By portraying women as individuals, instead of generalizing their beliefs and actions based on their gender, Perfect Fingers embodies a change in our society. This change represents a shift away from viewing humans as males and females—who must fit into a mold and only follow one path depending on their gender—and a shift toward seeing us all as human beings. Which is, in the end, the ultimate goal of anyone fighting for equality. Perfect Fingers explores the shifts of attitudes on how women and men are “supposed” to act in many more ways than just sex and relationships. However, that is a blog for another day.

That was just a taste of Perfect Fingers; hopefully, I didn’t give too much away. If you have anything to add to today’s blog please post below! Also, if you have any suggestions for next week post here or on Myron’s Facebook Page.

Lastly, Myron is having a contest and offering a FREE copy of Perfect Fingers, before the public release. Click here to read more about it. Well, that’s all for me today, I will see you next week.

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