The premise of this book is that Ms. Fonda was so insecure in her femininity that most of her life was spent living up to the expectations of others principally her husbands. Her problems stem mainly from the fact her mother was molested as a child. Her mother committed suicide when she was twelve, but Jane tells us she was never close to her mother or her father for that matter. However recently she obtained her mother’ s instituional medical records which contain information about her mother’s molestation in her mothers hand writing. Although this information was not learned until recently Jane felt a life long compulsion to learn about child abuse and believes the guilt and self loathing her mother experienced was passed on to Jane cellularly.
With Roger Vadim she became a sexually “advante guarde” woman married to a French/Russian film director who liked threesomes and more. Jane would reluctantly acquiesce to these sexual situations because she was so insecure in her femininity and persona she would do anything to please her man. Thus Roger would send her out to procure women for his and her bed.
You remember Woody Allen’s Leonard Zelig, also a human chameleon, who said, “ I worked with Freud in Vienna. We broke over the concept of penis envy. Freud felt that it should be limited to women.” Or “I’ve never flown before, and it shows what you can do if you’re totally psychotic!”
Well, then is Jane a timid soul to whom life has dictated its terms or a strong human being who has dictated her terms to life? You be the the judge.