Sunday, September 21, 2014

The stories that Brenda frazer and Joyce Johnson  are easy for women to relate too, but clearly state that not all women seek the same thing. The stories clearly tell a story of love and it's difficulty, but also explain strength and independence. Frazer moved to Mexico with her daughter, so her family could be together; but her husband never never wanted her there. She traveled far from home for unwanted love, and ended having to give her daughter up for survival. I can only imagine how hard this decision was, but she wanted what was best for her daughter, and staying with her was not that.
Frazier was a feminist. She learned how to disconnect her feelings from prostitution and became what we would call promiscuous today; where normally women would have an issue with this way of life, but she did not. She believed that women could love, but also repress emotions.
Joyce Johnson's was just the opposite. She wanted Jack to know everything she was thinking and feeling. She couldn't stand the distance between them, and wanted nothing more than to be by his side. The days until she moved to Mexico couldn't have passed fast enough. "I've spent a sad week, wanting so much to write you," she explained. Joyce was lonely and vulnerable, and she made that very clear. She had true love
Frazer and Johnson explain the fight between desired love and true love, and the journey it takes. Frazer sought love from her husband, but found it in herself; as for Johnson, her heart was for Jack.

1 comment:

  1. I found Frazer's tale to be haunting. It felt that, for her, her love was being abused. She wasn't being treated fairly, I wouldn't say. Johnson wasn't necessarily treated well either. I loved the last line of this post, you summed it up nicely. It's so interesting to read female Beat writers, as I never had before (reading mostly Kerouac and Borroughs).