I had been married and married. It had its good points, but it also had its bad. The virtues of marriage were mostly negative virtues. Damned clever, I thought, how men had made life so intolerable for single women that most would gladly embrace even bad marriages instead.
Share via Email Isadora White Wing is young, Jewish, unhappily married, heavily psychoanalysed, and deeply interested in sex.
Her husband Bennett is a good dancer and great in the sack, but they barely communicate. She daydreams about the A1 "zipless fuck" - a no-chitchat, no-ties, no-fuss sexual encounter with a stranger.
Isadora and Bennett travel to Germany for a psychotherapy conference. There Isadora meets Adrian Goodlove. She is arguing with a hotel receptionist when Goodlove weighs in; Isadora says something sassy to him.
Then he grabbed a fistful of my ass and gave it a long playful squeeze. Cue erotic snogging, a bizarre threesome, a chaotic road trip around Europe with Goodlove, and lots of reminiscing about Isadora's shambolic romantic history and her vile family.
It turns out that a zipless fuck wasn't really what Isadora wanted. In the end, she decides This was a big feminist book in the 70s.
Millions of women bought it; some wrote letters to Jong afterwards saying it had inspired them to ditch their husbands.
It made Jong world-famous. You can still sort of see why. After all, ass-grabbing aside, it reads as an honest and meticulously detailed account of a near-liberated woman's sexual and emotional adventures. The major points - women have sexual fantasies too, sex and love don't always go hand in hand, women aren't any more naturally monogamous than men, isn't it a drag you can't have the odd bit on the side without wrecking your marriage?
By the way, if you read this as a yoof, and remember it as a filthy, dirty book, you are going to be sorely disappointed. Jong is earthy, and liberal with the f- and c-word, but there's no actual sex until page 95, and when you get there it's a damp squib - Goodlove can never really get it up for Isadora.
And that's about it, filth-wise.76 quotes from Fear of Flying: ‘Do you want me to tell you something really subversive?
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