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Explain how Kat from Atwood's "Hairball" by Atwood and Zoe from "You're Ugly, Too" are similar. 

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Exasperated with talking to Zoe, Earl makes a comment to her that ends up connecting both she and Kat from "Hairball."  Earl remarks that he, and men, in general, are just as alienated from modern women as they are from themselves:  "‘You know, I just shouldn’t try to go out with career women. You’re all stricken. A guy can really tell what life has done to you. I do better with women who have part-time jobs.’’  In the end, this becomes one of the convergent points between both Kat and Zoe in that both have found success, but still are lacking. Zoe has broken "the glass ceiling" with her work in the history department while Kat has "ramboed through the eighties" and is a creative force in the magazine.  Earl's comment in accurate because both women have become "career women."

However, it is here in which both authors show that the construction of the "career woman" is only one part of modern feminine identity.  The personal lives of both women is in flux.  There is little emotional solidity, as both women struggle to find some semblance of happiness in the personal realm. Just as the men in their lives feel alienated in their attempts at being unable to establish emotional connection with them, Zoe and Kat are shown to struggle in establishing emotional connection with their own personal senses of self.

When Zoe says she is "going out of her mind," it is reflective of her condition in a world that is no longer appealing to her emotionally.  The detachment she feels with her teaching, her setting, and her book are reflective of the challenges she finds with men, something that is revealed to Earl. In a similar way, it is evident...

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