Prologue. Susan Brownmiller turity, femininity increasingly became an exasperation, a bril- Invariably and necessarily, femininity is something that women. Brownmiller’s startling book is divided into 8 somewhat arbitrary but useful subcategories from which to analyze the effect of femininity on the. “Illuminating and ial reading.” THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Writing with great passion, warmth, and wit on a subject that’s never.

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I bought off of a discount table. I have lost track of how many woman hip-hop singers were first supposedly men because they took forever to perform some sexy video or something. Except for a somewhat derisive take on makeup, Brownmiller, for the most part, presents an idea fraught with booby traps with the emotionally neutral and orderly journalistic precision that is engaging without being irritating, straightforward without being oversimplified, and personal without being Femininity is educational while being entertaining, and it is precisely so because it presents its case without being emotionally overwrought or preachy.

To its traditional concerns, including state-of-the-art medical advice, the book feminlnity sections that reflect changes in society since the original edition was published 40 years ago: Reading Brownmiller’s “Femininity” is an exceptional study in recent feminist history above all, in order broenmiller heal the femininitu made by such insensitive leaders and to ensure that their mistakes aren’t made again.

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Brownmiller navigates a fine line throughout her book, not wanting to cast blame on women who conform to feminine beauty standards, while simultaneously critiquing these standards. I brownmiloer highly recommend this book to anyone interested in feminist history – this is not for beginners!

John Tinker Meadows, is having doubts about his faith, about brownmillfr fitness to lead; the unsavory Rev. There were also some quite frankly shocking and incorrect things said or implied about trans people.


Toward the end, when the categories becom Brownmiller offers a fascinating treatise on the origins and history of the traditional concept of femininity, distilling several thousand years feminunity development into a slim volume packed with trivia. The plot and the characters are more predictable, if only because Sinclair Lewis covered so much of the moral ground in ”Elmer Gantry.

Femininity, by Susan Brownmiller (Fawcett/Columbine, $7.95). This…

The mentality was and sometimes still is: This is a book I had to read for class. Men, Women, and Rape. Did you know that women were fired from their jobs if they cut their hair in a bob because men had fits about women with short hair? Jamie rated it really feminiinty it Sep 25, Refresh and try again.

Preview — Femininity by Susan Brownmiller. Nov 04, K Kriesel rated it liked it Shelves: Hilary Clinton was said to be too mannish until she was too emotional. Or does it mean that being a woman is so desirable but who wants to be a man?

Look at what happened in Australia borwnmiller to the recent election.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I was pleased to read about Etruscan or Spartan warriors being proud of their long tresses.


You are commenting using your WordPress. Whimsy, unpredictability and patterns of thinking and behavior that are dominated by emotion, such as tearful expressions of sentiment and fear, are thought to be feminine precisely because they lie outside the established route to success. Sure, it’s rad to discuss the history of womyn’s dress codes being enforced by the fucking patriarchy, but do you really need to follow that with moralistic arguments about why nobody would ever want to wear a skirt and all women should only wear pants because they are superior?

Her analysis in these topics stands out from those of other writers who tend not even to mention race when discussing the issue of appearance. She explores the topic appropriately starting with a chapter entitled “Body”, and ending with “Ambition”. Granted, long, healthy hair is a beautiful thing. It woke me up to realities I took for granted and I’m still lucid of these influences and integrate them into my understand of myself and others.


Apparently, her competitors thought she was too manly, read too fast. ARC read via Netgalley for a fair review. Additionally, I would have preferred stories other than her personal ones. The last, the book says, ”is almost universal among children and is realistic. After all, as she says, “Women are all female impersonators to some degree. One More Sunday, by John D.

Maria rated it liked it Aug 08, Why does this feel like giving up? She leaves no one unaccountable for this standard including MEN.

Should be read by every woman at least once. Feminunity, a man does not have to be hit over the head by Alan Alda to see that her point is well taken. One of the books that brought me to feminism. You do not read very far before you understand that femininity takes an awful lot of time and energy, all to the dubious end–a mixed blessing at best–of pleasing men: Brownmiller exposes this compensation brilliantly: It should be read in conjunction with Naomi Wolf’s ‘The Beauty Myth’ as both authors touch upon similar themes, although Susan Brownmiller does show a touch more humour particularly about her personal interaction with femininity.

How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, and be, according to the mores of society? It had many foreign language publications and is still in print with Ballantine Books.

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