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8/13/10 1:06 P

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In the context of the novel, she's probably the closest thing to a feminist. She has rejected a lot of social messages about female beauty, and she cares nothing for commercial status symbols. She's not afraid to speak her mind, and she resists authority. She doesn't seem to have the same urge to "fit in" that many adolescent girls do, which isn't to say she's fully embraced her sense of alienation.

But I'm wondering if the author wants us to see these traits as part of her angst about being fat...her defense mechanisms. And she is very wealthy and privileged, which means it's easier for her to reject commercial status symbols than it might be for other girls.

As Wil begins to warm up to April (who treats her horribly at the end of the book), she also seems to soften, becoming a lot more accepting of things and people she once rejected. Is this the author's way of saying that she's ready to give up her sense of alienation and join the sheep? I don't know, but it kind of looks that way to me.

I can't tell what to make of the ending....yes, she has a friend now, but her "friend" April has treated her very shabbily as a result of her own insecure need to belong. Yet Wil reaches out to her and forgives her. (I would have slapped April silly, I'm afraid. But I don't pretend to be a "nice" person.)

I don't know what that gesture of forgiveness means. I hope it just means that Wil is simply a good person who can stay true to her sense of individual identity. If so, then she may be a "budding" feminist.



Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.
---L. Cohen, "Anthem"
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8/13/10 11:39 A

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For those of us who have read the BOM *Huge* by Sasha Paley:

Did you think of Wil as feminist?

I've heard that the TV show *Huge* (which was inspired by the book) places Wil as a very clear feminist.

But did she strike you as a feminist in the novel?


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