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Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions [Kindle Edition]

Gloria Steinem
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Book Description

A bestselling first collection of humorous and insightful essays by a luminary of the women’s liberation movement

These essays from Gloria Steinem’s first three decades of work offer a portrait of a woman who was not only one of the savviest leaders of the women’s liberation movement, but also a profoundly humane thinker with a wide-ranging intellect and irresistible wit. In “If Men Could Menstruate,” Steinem engages readers in a flight of imagination as incisive as it is hilarious. She offers first-person journalism in her underground exposé “I Was a Playboy Bunny,” provides heartbreaking memoir in the story of her mother’s struggles in “Ruth’s Song,” and stakes important positions in feminist theory in “Erotica vs. Pornography.” This is Steinem at her most provocative—and most compassionate.

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From Library Journal

Outrageous Acts premiered 12 years ago. While Steinem is disappointed that a second edition is needed-she wishes the subject were as dated as books on the Communist peril or apartheid-many of the stories testify as to how far women have come in three decades. Even Peggy Noonan or Mary Matalin would be appalled to be told that "no broads" were allowed at a high political council, as Steinem was told when working with the McGovern staff in 1969. This collection deserves better treatment from the producer, however; the essays are not listed on the packaging and the cassette halves lack screws, which makes repairing broken tapes nearly impossible. Still, this title is essential for all libraries.
Reilly Reagan, Putnam Cty. Lib., Cookeville, Tenn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“A consciousness-raising book. . . . Her views, like her writing itself, are characterized by engaging qualities of unpretentious clarity and forceful expression.”—The New York Times

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  • File Size: 1446 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439504997
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; 2 edition (May 15, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RJA6WO
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A+ reading. June 15, 1999
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This book was my introduction to Gloria Steinem and the beginning of some serious hero-worship. Several of the articles in the book were published before I was even born, and even the ones that weren't are over a decade old now. Amazing--disturbing, too--that so many of the problems and issues she writes about are still realities. However, Steinem has a way of analysing these things with such intelligence and articulating what seems inexpressible, that you finish each essay thinking, at the very least, "Well, thank god." This book is half-history and half-inspiration. She's a great journalist and an awesome activist.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god for Gloria. March 22, 2004
There was often grumbling in certain circles that Gloria Steinem had so much attention paid to her because she was pretty. If that was the only factor, Steinem's popularity would have waned, not because she lost her looks (she never did) but because of the fickleness of the media and the "next pretty face." Steinem is smart, brave, funny and a damn good writer. "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions", her 1983 book of collected essays proves it in spades.
In early 1993, I had the privilege of seeing Gloria Steinem speak at Mount Holyoke College. I had to take the bus from UMASS to get there, and the place was packed. They closed the doors at one point saying it was too full, but they ended up letting most people in. When Ms. Steinem took the stage, she urged all those who were standing in the back to come up and join her onstage so that they could sit. This is the kindness and warmth that Steinem raidates. Many people in the audience were clutching copies of her books for her to sign. As this was the era of "Revolution from Within," that book was everywhere. But I also saw many copies of "Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" as well. By then the book was 10 years old, but I can understand why people held onto it. This is a great book of essays written over the years. The book touches upon topics such as abortion rights, Jackie Onassis, Alice Walker, Steinem's college reunion, Steinem's own relationship with her mother and the famous expose of Steinem's undercover work at the Playboy Club in the early 60's. Having a journalism background, Steinem's prose is clear and concise. This is no rhetoric-filled theory-based polemic, but a balanced and fair look at the world from the perspective of an extraordinary woman.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This review is not a review of the whole book. For focus, it is a review of "Ruth's Song (Because She Could Not Sing It)," a memoir essay written by Gloria Steinem about her mother who suffered from serious mental illness throughout Gloria's entire life. But before I focus on that essay, I want to mention that this book also contains an essay "Alice Walker: Do You Know This Woman? She Knows You" written in 1982 before The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize the following year.

If you are trying to decide whether you want to buy this book, pick it up in the book store and read Gloria's essay on her mother's detailed history of mental illnesses. "Write what you know" is a common adage, and it rings true here. If you want to understand what energized Gloria to take on a life of advocacy promoting women's rights and equality, reading this essay will help you easily understand how her personal suffering has given her such robust motivation for so many years to combat the forces Gloria believes led her mother to become mentally disabled, to varying degrees, for all of Gloria's life. Gloria starts by inquiring into the mysteries of what led her uncle and mother to shut down and completely change from the outgoing and incredibly bright people they were in their young adulthood (her uncle a brilliant electrical engineer, and her mother a math teacher who once taught college calculus) to meeker and lower functioning older adults. She notes that the family was concerned about her uncle, but not as engaged in trying to remedy her mother's ailments.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a useful intro to feminist thought May 16, 2000
This was one of the first "feminist" books I read, so for me, even though a lot of the material had appeared elsewhere previously, it was a topical collection. I liked just about every piece in the book and often use copies of "If Men Could Menstruate" in the men's groups I facilitate. I hope a day comes when the entire book is outdated, but that day seems far away.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Steinem fan, and this book is why! July 10, 2003
By Emily
This was the first book I read by Gloria Steinem (but not the last!), and I loved it!! I took it on vacation and found it to be the perfect book for a trip. You can read one essay at a time or a few of them in one sitting. They range in tone and style from the more humorous to the dead serious. And reading about Steinem's experience as a playboy bunny, and then Hugh Hefner's response to her expose on Playboy was worth the price of the book. This book is for anyone and everyone, it's awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars There is actually outrageous about Gloria Steinem. - her whimsy send...
Outrageous Acts indeed - but remember they are everyday rebellions
This insightful woman can turn a phrase such that you "GET IT" and often, for the first time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen Kee
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This book is great. Enjoy reading it!!!
Published 4 months ago by Hui-ju Chen (Mickey)
5.0 out of 5 stars ... short stories which I'm not into to If you like short stories you...
Bunch of short stories which I'm not into to If you like short stories you might enjoy reading this. . ..
Published 4 months ago by S. Maddox
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated Author, Shallow Ideas
I really wanted to like Gloria Steinem but she's so shallow that nothing she says withstands the slightest bit of criticism. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nidhish Shivashankar
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
This book will not only make you think, it will make you laugh. What a brilliant combination.
Published 6 months ago by D. L. Mendelssohn
4.0 out of 5 stars A woman to Watch
She's an inspirational woman. I'm still reading this book and will pass it on to women who need to find confidence in themselves.
Published 7 months ago by Lucille Montague
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read. Wonderful topic.
Published 8 months ago by Kelly P.
3.0 out of 5 stars retro
great read for those of us who were born just a few years shy of this revolution. it is always good to know that there are strong women out there who can think for themselves and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by P Freeman
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty years later
I believe I read some of these stories when I was in my early 20's. What a difference 30 years make! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Joycelib
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