... as I — almost 66 — clear books off my office shelves:
The book is "Women and Love: A Cultural Revolution in Progress (The Hite Report on Love, Passion, and Emotional Violence)," which I bought when it came out in 1987 and kept all these years. How strange to open up to that statement by a young woman imagining herself old and to know that I marked it when I was young and am now the very age that young woman was talking about.
The first Hite Report book "The Hite Report on Female Sexuality," came out in 1976, and I was one of the women surveyed. They were handing those surveys out in New York City, and I got one, filled it out, and sent it in. The survey invited long narrative responses, and I thought I'd written some great stuff. I read the book carefully — it's full of the quotes women wrote — but found none of mine.