• An anthology of writings by means of the most influential girls in heritage at the usually misunderstood and misrepresented woman drug experience.
• With nice honesty, bravery, and frankness, ladies from varied backgrounds write approximately their drug experiences.
Women were experimenting with medicinal drugs seeing that prehistoric occasions, and but released debts in their perspectives at the drug event were relegated to both antiseptic sociological reviews or sensationalized tales splashed around the tabloids. The media has given us a permanent, yet misguided, stereotype of a feminine drug person: passive, addicted, exploited, degraded, promiscuous. however the decisions during this anthology--penned by way of such recognized names as Billie vacation, Anais Nin, Maya Angelou, and Carrie Fisher--show us that the genuine reviews of girls are whatever yet stereotypical.
Sisters of the Extreme presents us with writings by means of girls from varied occupations and backgrounds, from prostitute to general practitioner, who via their use of gear dared pass the bounds set through society--often doing so with the desire of increasing themselves and their imaginative and prescient of the realm. even if with LSD, peyote, cocaine, heroine, MDMA, or marijuana, those girls have sought to arrive, via their experimentation, different degrees of attention. occasionally their quests have introduced unforeseen rewards, different occasions nice ache and misfortune. yet anyplace their journeys have left them, those ladies have lived courageously--if occasionally dangerously--and written approximately their trips eloquently.
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