An anthology of writings by some of the most influential women in history on the often misunderstood and misrepresented female drug experience. * With great honesty, bravery, and frankness, women from diverse backgrounds write about their drug experiences. Women have been experimenting with drugs since prehistoric times, and yet published accounts of their views on the drug experience have been relegated to either antiseptic sociological studies or sensationalized stories splashed across the tabloids. The media has given us an enduring, but inaccurate, stereotype of a female drug user: passive, addicted, exploited, degraded, promiscuous. But the selections in this anthology-- penned by such famous names as Billie Holiday, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher-- show us that the real experiences of women are anything but stereotypical. "Sisters of the Extreme" provides us with writings by women from diverse occupations and backgrounds, from prostitute to physician, who through theiruse of drugs dared cross the boundaries set by society-- often doing so with the hope of expanding themselves and their vision of the world.
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Inner Traditions / Bear & Company
April 30, 2000
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