March 22, 2018
THE DIRECTOR: A MEMOIR
#TIMESUP these unedited journals and their subsequent analyses offer readers a glimpse into the painful realities of sexual abuse and the ways in which giving consent is more complicated than a simple “yes” or “no.”
J, a recent-college grad, met The Director almost a decade ago when he approached her at a coffee shop on the Upper West Side. He complimented her beauty and told her that she was what he needed in order to realize his next film. Their exchange of phone numbers that afternoon marked the beginning of a five-year long abusive relationship.
At its heart, this book offers analyses of abjection, the grotesque, consent, what it means to override one's feelings when the stakes are high, the ways in which selling one's body, even when never paid, might be read as a form of prostitution, the impact of these actions on self-image, the ways in which the author’s choices were motivated by her distorted body image and long-standing eating disorder, and finally what it means to have an opinion but no voice. Today the author has found her voice.
“OK, I have a proposition. I know it will make you uncomfortable, but just remember if it doesn’t happen here, now, it most certainly won’t happen for the camera.”
J.K. Stein is a writer, dancer, survivor, and avid journaler. Since engaging The Director, she has fallen in love with both butter and a wonderfully respectful man, two things she denied herself for far too long. She is the author of many books and articles. This is her first memoir.
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