Fay Weldon: An Equal Opportunity Feminist Essay

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Fay Weldon, born Franklin Birkinshaw, started out life in a state of ambivalence. She “took out library books as Franklin and read them as Fay” (Weldon). “What I do have to do is be faithful to what I see around me, whether I like it or not. My role is to look at the world, get a true, not an idealized vision of it and hand it over to you in fictional form” (Fay Weldon). This is how Fay Weldon defines her writing. Although the role of women in society has vastly changed in the last fifty years, there is still a great divide amongst the sexes. It is Weldon’s fresh and sophisticated style of writing, alongside her feministic views, that make her novels spectacular.
Weldon writes with a wicked sense of humor and, often times, outrageous
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Her multiple female characters function particularly well to make convincing a fictional world which indirectly questions many traditional assumptions. The experiences of her characters complement each other and, therefore, validate each other as well” (Krouse).
Though Weldon states that she chose her lifestyle before the height of the feminist movement, she works with topics highly demanded from the woman’s point of view: love, infidelity, oppression, abortion, sexual initiation, divorce, career, stereotype, patriarchy, and motherhood. “A feminist novelist like Fay Weldon is never in any doubt that the relationship between the sexes is primarily a matter of power politics [...] Weldon writes with a light touch that cannot disguise the clarity, indeed the ruthlessness, of her vision” (Massie 38).
Weldon, like her critics, cannot concretely define her approach to feminism. “I am a feminist, but I would not describe myself as a feminist novelist because that would imply that the novels were written because I was a feminist. I am a feminist and I write novels, and because I believe feminism to be the true view of the world what I write is bound to come out to be feminist. You could advance the view that all good writing is bound to be feminist...it depends how you are going to define feminist” (Haffenden 313).
Weldon’s

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