The Female Man
For the novel, “The Female Man”, I was extremely confused when I started reading the book. I wasn’t sure what exactly was going on. I did not make the connection where Joanne was a figment of Janet. But now that I understand a couple different ways the novel could be looked at, it makes it easier and more inviting to continue reading. The more I try to understand, I do think that Joanna is a “spirit” of Janet more than two separate people. I always wondered because in the pages, it seemed that her inner thoughts would be italicized. I do also think that there is a chance that there could be two people involved in the story, but unlikely. The part we talked about in class, where Janet gets into the argument with the men at the party shown the idea where Joanna could be more of a spirit. I think that Janet was offended and the only way to react was to fight back and say what she thought no matter how hard her inner thoughts told her to just behave and “act proper”. I think that there is a large struggle from who Joanna wants to be and who she thinks she should be. I think she is repressed and not sure what is acceptable and she’s afraid of the outcome if she ends up acting out and different than what society tells her she should be.
Ganyard, Clif. Lecture. University of Wisconsin Green Bay, 22 Sept. 2016, Green Bay, WI.