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Stella got her groove back

Only to find herself married to a very gay gold-digger. Long before Demi met Ashton, Terry McMillan was promoting younger men as the perfect antidote for feminine loneliness. "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" -- a thinly disguised fictional account of the author's romance with a 24-year old Jamaican -- made a huge splash back in the nineties for promoting a vapid, mainstream version of feminism which mistakes imitating male behavior for gender equity.

As it turns out, the truth is uglier and a lot more interesting than McMillan's fiction. As the recently filed divorce papers reveal, cradle-snatching has its downside, especially when the boy toy in question turns out to be gay. The legal briefs filed by both sides describe a sordid little drama that includes drive-by vandalism, homophobic ranting, and, of course, old-fashioned greed.

The fact that McMillan's next book is about women having a mid-life crisis is more than a little ironic given how badly her own experience has turned out.

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