The Truth About Women (Part 2)

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The Truth About Women (Part 2)[1]
Work In Progress
Original Broadcast Date
Two anonymous women
59 minutes
Preceded by: The Truth About Women (Part 1)
Followed by: I'm Not Crazy

"I grew up in a desert resort town not far from here..."

The Truth About Women (Part 2) is a program Joe Frank produced as part of the series Work In Progress. It was originally broadcast in 1990.


A woman talks about growing up in a wealthy desert community with an abusive stepfather, getting hit by her father for being sick in a car. She's rescued by an intellectual biker and later runs off with him. Pissing on her father's grave. Living in a tent in Topanga Canyon and going punk. Getting married repeatedly. She discusses her abusive childhood, notes that growing up unhappily is the status quo. Overlapping voices. Another woman talks about her childhood. Her family was always drunk. Her father watched his young brother killed by a train. Her marriage breaks apart as a result of her husband's elaborate, compulsive submission fetish. Overlapping voices. Another woman talks about relationships with much older men. She talks about the Group Theater, having an affair with Harold Clurman. Coming to New York and buying a sewing machine from an ancient, blind sewing machine repairman and having an affair with him. "If only I was sixty five again..." Hands and mechanical aptitude. Dating Cleveland Amory.


Additional credits

The original broadcast credits state: "Recorded by Jack Cheeseborough, and mixed by Jerry Summers."


The first woman quotes her mother calling her "Nicole," and she also says that she "married a punk artist" in Los Angeles. Based on these clues and the time and place of her story, I'm betting that she is Nicole Panter, one-time wife of artist Gary Panter, former manager of the Germs, and a published author in her own right. I have not confirmed this; however, it is at least likely.