|Laughing hard @ nothing|
At the time of Rubyfruit Jungle’s publication, this was probably the heroine that the lesbian and queer community needed - audacious, unflinching, irreverent, and indestructible. These are qualities which queer women have historically aspired to in order to survive. However, as both a modern reader and a modern queer woman, it seems to me that Molly possesses these qualities in unbelievably pure form. Her careless, blustering rants lend an appearance of two-dimensionality to her character. I admire Molly's strength, but she feels most authentic when the author shows her vulnerability.
All that aside, I loved Rubyfruit Jungle for its portrayal of romance and sexual exploration between women, in addition to academic and artistic barriers to queer and straight women alike. I also enjoyed the use of setting to chart Molly's growth as a character - she spends her childhood in Pennsylvania and her youth in Florida, but comes of age in New York City. I especially liked the section about her years in the city because I love reading about twentieth-century queer culture in NYC. There is a lot to love about this coming-of-age story, including its radical place in history.