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Review of Michelle Kinsey-Clintons The Willing Domesticity of Sylvia Plath A Rebuttal of the Feminist Label Critic Michelle Kinsey-Clinton makes claims and offers opinion that Sylvia Plath was not in fact a feminist as many heralded her but that instead she was content with her domestic role as mother and wife as long as she was able to continue her writing and her companion was no less than equal to her The one provisionshe would be a wife and she would write as well Clinton explains the misconception of Plath as a feminist by quoting there is little feminist consciousness in Plaths workit is being readby readers searching for political sustenance feminist sentiment that the author never held can easily be attributed to her writing Clinton was able to support her claim with plausible evidence such as a 1953 journal entry written by Plath at age 20 which states I must find a strong potential mate who can counter my vibrant dynamic self sexual and intellectual and while comradely I must admire him The ideas and claims offered by Michelle Kinsey-Clinton in her review The Willing Domesticity of Sylvia Plath A Rebuttal of the Feminist Label on the surface appears to be credible and many may be in agreement with Ms Clintons assertions however this review produces very limited ideas on the wide range of Plaths pieces While Clintons theory of Plath may help us to understand the reasons as to why Plath settled for the typical domestic life set out for a women by the society standards of the time - the loving wife standing at the kitchen sink a child attached to her hip - it fails to mention that Plath faced much conflict within herself as to whether she would be happiest breaking free from the confines expected of her by society or if instead she would at last feel whole accepting a life of repetitive mundane chores but
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