Fuck Happiness: How Women Are Ditching the Cult of Positivity and Choosing Radical Joy (Good Life) (Paperback)
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Happiness is big business. Books, consultants, psychologists, organizations, and even governments tout happiness secrets that are backed by scientific findings. The problem is that all of this science is done by and for cis white men. And some of the most vocal of these happiness experts were announcing that women could become happier by espousing "traditional" values and eschewing feminism. Skeptical of this hypothesis, Ariel Gore took a deep dive into the optimism industrial complex, reading the history, combing the research, attending the conferences, interviewing the thought leaders, and exploring her own and her friends' personal experiences and desires. Fuck Happiness is a nuanced, thoughtful examination of what happiness means and to whom, how it's played a role in defining modern gender roles and power structures, and how we can all have a more empowered relationship with the pursuit of joy in our lives.
About the Author
Ariel Gore is a journalist, memoirist, novelist, nonfiction author, and teacher. She is the author of 10 books, including F*ck Happiness, and the creator of the zine Hip Mama, a winner of the American Alternative Press award. Her anthology Portland Queer: Tales of the Rose City won the LAMBDA Literary Award in 2010 and her own writing has been called eloquent, sensitive, and revolutionary. She also keeps a website, www.arielgore.com and teaches online workshops at Ariel Gore's School for Wayward Writers. She lives and works in Portland, OR, and Santa Fe, NM.