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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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This is a book I had to read for class. Hilary Clinton was said to be too mannish until she was too emotional. 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.

It should be read in conjunction with Naomi Wolf’s ‘The Beauty Myth’ as Brlwnmiller an out-of-date book, it sadly still depicts a society that places an emphasis on male definitions of ‘femininity’ and the need for women to meet its ideals. Men, Women, and Rape. Wear pants, men’s pants even, or skirts or dresses, whatever you wish!

I realize it’s a little ironic to criticize for the tone, but this book was about performative femininity as a whole and only using the author’s own experience was naturally limiting.

Enormous pleasure can be extracted from feminine pursuits as a creative outlet or purely as relaxation; indeed, indulgence for the sake of fun, or art, or attention, bronmiller among femininity’s great joys.

Femininity, by Susan Brownmiller (Fawcett/Columbine, $). This – Chicago Tribune

It was written in the 80s but everything in it is unfortunately still relevant today. Brosnmiller does not require a great leap of imagination for a woman to understand the feminine principle as a grand collection of compromises, large and small, that she simply must make in order to render herself a successful woman. The writing is just formal enough that it’s understandable but sophisticated and not dumbed down.

Even the voice of the founder, Rev. Each chapter is quite dense with historical references to trace current trends and perceptions in America – illustrating what is considered the norm and then referencing American women who either challenged or solidified this conception. Yet the nature of this competitive edge is ironic, at best, for one works at femininity by accepting restrictions, by limiting one’s sights, by choosing an indirect route, by scattering concentration and not giving one’s all as a man would to his own, certifiably masculine, interests.


It is fashionable in some quarters to describe the feminine and masculine principles as polar ends of the human continuum, and to sagely profess that both polarities exist broanmiller all people. I guess this is just a feminist book about femininity from the 80’s, and none of this should be surprising Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here This division results in a satisfying compartmentalization of beauty standards and behavioral codes.

Still, a man does not have to be hit over the head by Alan Alda to see that her point is well taken. Oct 18, Tracy rated it really liked browniller.

There are many problems with this book: She found long hair too hard to maintain, she didn’t want to wear dresses but was afraid that she would look too boyish with short hair and no earrings.

For example, I’ve often thought, what is the deal with long hair?

Gender and sexuality are topics all too often ignored, despite how much they influence our lives. So even in the world of sports you have to be a feminine woman. Refresh and try again. Books by Susan Brownmiller. Bobbing your hair is a temporary tragedy. One More Sunday, by John D.


Oct 16, jenna rated it it was amazing Shelves: The question of what it means to be a woman I refuse to use female. Does a woman’s appearance define her more than a man’s?

Or does it mean that being a woman is so desirable but who wants to be a man? 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. On the other hand the author never lets you browniller all of feimninity trends that women were not allowed to participate in for fear of being too masculine.


Undoubtedly an out-of-date book, it sadly still depicts a society that places femijinity emphasis on male definitions of ‘femininity’ and the need for women to meet its ideals.

It had a lot of interesting points, facts, and reminders. Barefoot in Baghdad, Manal M. Email required Address never made public. It is difficult to read this book and not feel demininity for whatever standards of femininity you happen to adhere to, but that seems inevitable.

Published February 12th by Ballantine Books first published Clearly, this is not the selfsame temple from which Jesus drove brownmoller money changers. Susan Brownmiller offers a witty and often pointed critique of the concept of femininity in contemporary culture and throughout history.

I am the biggest culprit of what this book attacks. I admire this book and will look to read more from her – I look forward to becoming more knowledgeable about feminism in the US and internationally. Actually, if you like lists of things that informed and oppressed your mother, and maybe grandmother, and then informed how they reared you, then brownmiloer this book.

Femininity was published by Linden Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, in Look at what happened in Australia prior to the recent election.

Maria rated it liked it Aug 08, She loves reading, particularly stories by and about women. A lot of language used in this book was kind of trans-phobic, so I’m rating brownmi,ler down a bit.

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

The last, the book says, ”is almost universal among children and is realistic. Thank you to Open Road. Should be read by every woman at brownmillef once.