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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Dec 10, Lara rated it really liked it. About Madeleine Gyory Madeleine is a social media butterfly who tweets and does some other things for femininihy Women’s Media Center, a media advocacy non-profit based in NY. Broken brownmilker sections, the book describes in detail the historical context of ‘Body’, ‘Hair’, ‘Clothes’, ‘Voice’, ‘Skin’, ‘Movement’, ‘Emotion’, ‘Ambition’ and how how a woman should deport herself in each of these areas of her life in order to be ‘feminine’.

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

Invariably and necessarily, femininity is something that women had more of in the past, not only in the historic past of prior generations, but in each woman’s personal past as well in the virginal innocence that is replaced by knowledge, in the dewy cheek that is coarsened by age, in the “inherent nature” that a woman seems to misplace so forgetfully whenever she steps out of bounds.

Not so demininity in America anymore, but in India where I happen to be living I think I have seen 2 young girls with short hair cuts. Despite being first published in the 80s, it is incredible to notice what has changed, and more so, what hasn’t.


Here they use the most sophisticated computers to extract from the faithful more money than they can afford to give. Thank you to Open Road.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jun 19, Sarahc Caflisch rated it liked it. It is always a sad day when anyone is discriminated brownmilller or socially pressured to conform in the name femininitty religion. How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, and be, according to the mores of society?

Lists with This Book. She loves reading, particularly stories by and about women. Additionally, I would have preferred stories other than her personal ones.

Apr 16, seroquelle added it. Paperbackpages. No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

There are many problems with this book: This is a very important Second Wave tome.

The breaking of brownmliler book into different sections — emotion, hair, skin, voice, body, ambition, clothes, and movement — allows Brownmiller to explore the concept on various levels. Whimsy, unpredictability and patterns of brownmilker and behavior that are dominated brownmjller emotion, such as tearful expressions of sentiment and fear, are thought to be feminine precisely because they lie outside the established route to success.

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. It 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.


I am not an animal is still raised today. Jam-packed with very interesting information and perspectives.

ARC read via Netgalley for a fair review. Look at what happened in Australia prior to the recent election. Burim rated it really liked it May 23, In her sections about hair and skin, Brownmiller looks at each aspect from both a gender and racial perspective.


Brownmiller exposes this compensation brilliantly: Why should this be so? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Perhaps a fairly simple and obvious concept, it can have devastating implications.

I was trying to imagine how femininihy book would feel from a man’s perspective. This idea compels a new perspective on feminine grooming rituals that seem harmless at first glance, but appear oppressive when scrutinized.

Femininity by Susan Brownmiller

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I’ll accept and applaud the progress that has been made, but I think the topic of femininity btownmiller continually be critiqued. If women wore pants then they would be accused of being cross-dressers! In demanding such constant homage to their imagined strength, rationality, and overall superiority, men seem pathetically desperate for reassurance of their difference.

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