Feminism is a central theme in this piece of work. After all, the book is titled Shape of a Woman and it’s the redemption song of a self-proclaimed female misogynist so how could it not be? Jen Elizabeth’s memoir is so much more than a woman regaining touch with her femininity as the title implies.
Editor's note: This is not meant to be a criticism of Narcotics Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous, or 12 Step Programs. I love the program, rather it is meant to spark the discussion on addiction to change the dialogue and to reassess the problem of drugs in society. Now I’m going to cram more themes into this post than I should try, but here goes...
In short being addicted is like watching the same shitty movie on repeat, day in and day out, all the while feeling as though you have no control to put something else on. It’s a slow progression into insanity. While you’re conscious it’s happening, you don’t have the capacity to make a change.
We like to call the process of recognizing our parents shortcomings in ourselves as ending rationalization. The result is a higher level of emotional intelligence, the ability to see beyond one’s self, an outward mindset.
It’s become so cliche these days to preach find your purpose or follow your passion. Nonetheless, I encourage you, dear reader, to ask yourself the following questions. What’s your dream? What is it you want to do? What are you most knowledgeable on? Lastly, what are you best trained to do?