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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Oct 18, Tracy rated it really liked it. Twitter Facebook Tumblr Pinterest. It veers into neither misogyny nor misandry. Return to Book Page.

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Sun and moon, yin and yang, soft and hard, active and passive, etcetera, may indeed brownmmiller opposites, but a linear continuum does not illuminate the problem. May 15, Hillary rated it really liked it. There was an entire history of feminine behavior, be it voluntary or involuntary. 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.

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

The plot and the characters are more predictable, if only because Sinclair Lewis covered so much of the moral ground in ”Elmer Gantry. What are the implications of that? Books by Susan Brownmiller.

To be insufficiently feminine is viewed as a failure in core sexual 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. Oct 09, Jezzyka rated it it was amazing. One More Sunday, by John D. Refresh and try again. This book includes all these interesting facts and then some.

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.


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Brownmiller exposes this compensation brilliantly:. Notify me of new comments via email. Does a woman’s appearance define her more than a man’s? If she has difficulty in satisfying femininity’s demands, if its illusions go against her grain, or if she is criticized for her shortcomings and imperfections, the more she will see femininity as a desperate strategy of appeasement, a strategy she may not have the wish or the courage to abandon, for failure looms in either direction.

Returning to New York, she began writing Susan Brownmiller is an American feminist journalist, author, and activist best known for her book Against Our Will: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

She also throws in her own personal dilemmas–like knowing that her hair does not change her character, feminunity breaking down and admittedly feeling better about herself afterward and dyeing her gray hair–which make it more real. The writing is just formal enough that it’s understandable but sophisticated and not dumbed down.

She loves reading, particularly stories by and about women.

B If you like lists of cultural mores that are oppressing you, then read this book. Often she digresses to make evolutionary comparisons to primates, other species.

In this passionate but decidedly more compassionate essay, Brownmiller examines femininity in all its studied manifestations: The XX chromosomal message has not been scrambled, the estrogendominated hormonal balance is generally as biology intended, the reproductive organs, whatever use one has made of them, are usually in place, the breasts of whatever size are most often where they should be.

You are commenting using your WordPress. Look at what happened in Australia prior to the recent election. 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. The last, the book says, ”is almost universal among children and is realistic. Matthew Meadows, mortally ill, is an electronic re- creation. However, the overall point is still a valid one that women are still grappling with. Walter Macy has turned to blackmail; a reporter who has come snooping around has disappeared.

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The masculine principle is better understood as a driving ethos of superiority designed to inspire straightforward, confident success, while the feminine principle is composed of vulnerability, the need for protection, the formalities of compliance and the avoidance of conflictin short, an appeal of dependence and good will that gives the masculine principle its romantic validity and its admiring applause.

But is masculinity not often an effort to please women? Apparently, it was Saint Paul who pushed hair length as a gender specific feature. I am not an animal is still raised today.

In fact, men are feminunity likely to be penalized or question if they wear skinny jeans. There is no corresponding rule for male athletes.


Apparently, her competitors thought she was too manly, read too fast. This was this month’s selection for my feminist book club and I loved it! Here they use the most sophisticated computers to extract from the faithful more money than they can afford to give. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I am the biggest culprit of what this book attacks. The mentality was and sometimes still is: Femininity pleases men because it makes them appear more masculine by contrast; and, in truth, conferring an extra portion of unearned gender distinction on men, an unchallenged space in which to breathe freely and feel stronger, wiser, more competent, is femininity’s special gift.

One could say that masculinity is often an effort to please women, but masculinity is known to please by displays of mastery and competence while femininity pleases by suggesting that these concerns, except in small matters, are beyond its intent. Granted, long, healthy hair is a beautiful thing. I suspect so; MacDonald is known as much for his reporting as for his storytelling.