Ariel Terrific is the actual name of the Pirate Princess of Day Eight, the devastatingly dark limbo dimension of the Vivian area of the Whorled. Once upon a time, as all good stories start, she was a prostitute enslaved, owned, pimped out by a devastatingly gorgeous man. Ramer was another whore, who was probably somewhat if not completely mad. But her madness showed more insight and awareness than those purportedly sane people.
Think Sarah Schulman and the damned Delores.
Think Pussy and Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker.
Think Geek Love.
Think Geek Love in a gypsy wagon.
Think Bell Jar.
Think of that story about the chick that was all messed up and grew old and had a kid and was still messed up (the story was written by a man.)
I don’t know if the women are the weak ones, all messed up by the men. I think the men build a reality that so messes with the way things are that the women cannot escape without becoming men themselves… unless they go crazy.
Men build a framework for reality because that is what they do.
We fit into the framework because they have built it around us, and we are so easily held.