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"Illuminating and informative....Essential reading."
THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
Writing with great passion, warmth, and wit on a subject that's never been explored in these terms before, Susan Brownmiller draws on the many manifestations of femininity through the ages, and demonstrates in beautiful and telling detail the many powerful nuances of that one word.
"A positive joy to read!"
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (February 12, 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449901424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449901427
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,094,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
Profound in the revolutionary idea of disecting the womans existance...exposing her social expectations, struggles, and unreachable goals. For me, this book helped me see why I am the way I am. How come women are so focused on fashion? Why do we tweeze our eyebrows? It is all because society through the ages has placed this unattainable idea that women must sit this way, look this way, dress that way. When will we stop this insanity of being this thin, or increasingly obsessed with the latest fashions? Femininity holds the answers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James L. Park on September 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Susan Brownmiller
Femininity

(New York: Linden Press/Simon & Schuster, 1984) 270 pages

Perhaps the best book yet on femininity.
It could have been called a critique of femininity.
Brownmiller traces the history of being feminine in Western culture.
Then she discusses how women are suppose to look, act, & feel
in the following areas: body, hair, clothes,
voice, skin, movement, emotion, & ambition.
She does not directly criticize these practices,
but stating them explicitly enables women to examine these traditions.
Highly recommended, especially for women who notice the pressures
to conform to the culture's definition of 'femininity'.

If you would be interested in discovering other books on this subject,
search the Internet for the following bibliography:
"Best Books on Gender-Personality".

James Leonard Park, creator of the Gender-Patterns Chart.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2002
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I felt so relieved reading this. Finally there's a book that expresses my feelings about this "femininity" box I stuffed myself into in years past. It's a shame that women have to be so narrowly defined by shallow attributes. Personally I know for example that my feet won't fit into those pointy high-heeled girlie shoes and that I have much more important things to do with my time than examining myself all over for fashion sense. Femininity is dangerous to your health! The devil with it! Thank you Ms Brownmiller!!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1998
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Profound in the revolutionary idea of disecting the womans existance...exposing her social expectations, struggles, and unreachable goals. For me, this book helped me see why I am the way I am. How come women are so focused on fashion? Why do we tweeze our eyebrows? It is all because society through the ages has placed this unattainable idea that women must sit this way, look this way, dress that way. When will we stop this insanity of being this thin, or increasingly obsessed with the latest fashions? Femininity holds the answers.
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