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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The last, the book says, ”is almost universal among children and is realistic.
How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, broownmiller be, according to the mores of society? She also throws in h She takes various “aspects” of femininity, puts them in a historical context, looks at them up through the feminist movement, adds her own critiques, and compares all this to what is expected of men. Brownmiller has thought of that.
To be insufficiently feminine is viewed as a failure in core fe,ininity identity, or as a failure to care sufficiently about oneself, for a woman found wanting will be appraised and will appraise herself as mannish or neutered or simply unattractive, as men have defined these terms. Why does this feel like giving up?
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The author needed to stop whining that she didn’t want to do something but was forced to because of the opinions of her peers. I think it is these personal anecdotes that really make this book readable. Walter Macy has turned to blackmail; a reporter who has come snooping around has disappeared. Not so brownmikler in America anymore, but in India where I happen to be living I think I have seen 2 young girls with short hair cuts.
In her sections about hair and skin, Brownmiller looks at each aspect from both a gender and racial perspective. Brownmiller exposes this compensation femiinnity She continues to write and speak on feminist issues, including a recent memoir and history of Second Wave radical feminism.
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Femininity by Susan Brownmiller. Sep 02, Jan magdalene rated it it was ok Shelves: With intelligence and humor, Susan Brownmiller explores the history and unspoken rules of the burden of “feminine perfection” What is femininity? Actually, if you like lists of things that informed and oppressed your mother, and maybe grandmother, and then informed how they reared you, then read this book.
As an aside, this is the book that taught me, years ago, just exactly what that whole footbinding briwnmiller really entailed.
Jun 04, Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves: Femininity always demands more. A somewhat dated but still intriguing read. Some outdated material on trans women and men. Published February 12th by Ballantine Books first published Additionally, I would have preferred stories other than her personal ones.
The question of what it means to be a woman I refuse to use female. Email required Address never made public.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Despite being first published brownkiller the 80s, it is incredible to notice what has changed, and more so, what hasn’t.
Femininity by Susan Brownmiller
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. They spoke of a browmmiller failure so irreversible that nothing else mattered.
And of course domestic violence was allowed if a woman spoke out at her man in public.