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"Every page is filled with insights that make one want to sit back and contemplate." -- Dr. Janet E. Smith, Saint Austin Review, July/August 2002

About the Author

Alice von Hildebrand received a master's degree and doctorate in philosophy from Fordham University in New York. She taught at the Hunter College of the City in New York, the Catechetical Institute in Arlington, Virginia, the Thomas More College in Rome, Italy, Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and Ave Maria College in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She lectures in Canada, South America, Western Europe and the United States, and is the author of several books including Greek Culture: The Adventure of the Human Spirit, A Philosophy of Religion, By Love Refined, By Grief Refined, and the Soul of a Lion. She co-authored several books with her husband, Dietrich von Hildebrand, including The Art of Living, Situation Ethics, and Graven Images.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press (August 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097061067X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970610676
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 4.7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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116 of 122 people found the following review helpful By David A. Huggins on June 26, 2003
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Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, doctor of philosophy, talks about the priviledge of being a woman in light of Roman Catholic teaching. She says that when we look at the feminist rhetoric in the eyes of faith - the feminists eyes are far sighted. She looks at the actual Biblical stories and gives radical, positive intrepretations. She admits in history - women have been lacking from the scene. History has been "his story." Some examples she brings up are the lack of female Shakespeares and Beethoven. And even in areas that are tought to be women's domains, like cooking, men are ones noted for their work - chiefs, tailors, etc.
She gives a critical view of past feminist thiking - everything from women hating their bodies, to the sexism within nature (pregnancy is harder on the women than it is on men).
However, in the Bible, unlike some fundamentalists point out, she argues that women are always seen as the stronger sex - Mary Magdalene being the only follower who stayed and saw the first ressurection. Even the Church - at least in the eyes of Catholic teaching - is a woman in the apocalypic sense. She gives great examples of saints, and ends with meditations on meditations over Mary, the Christian form of femininity.
In her eyes, she asks, "Who is doing morre good today, Mother Teresa or the U.S. Conference of Bishops?"
A good read for anyone wanting to give a positive view of women in the Christian light.
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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Oswald Sobrino on May 2, 2005
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Alice von Hildebrand gives us authentic feminism in this explosive little book. Just as Marx's manifesto set Europe on edge, so this little book should set on edge those who have tied themselves to the false feminism of the sexual revolution. Von Hildebrand sees in the female body, with its hidden sexual organs, a sacredness and a mystery that make women the guardians of purity. This special mission to guard purity is the mission of women. And so von Hildebrand points out that for women to fail in that mission is a grievous self-injury, both physicial and spiritual. Her manifesto strikes at the heart of the false feminism that has wounded, and even destroyed, so many women in the West.
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74 of 91 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN T. McCARTHY on July 31, 2006
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In a recent E-mail exchange with a 43-year-old, female friend of mine living on the East Coast, I asked her to give me her definitions of the terms "Real Man" and "Real Woman." She replied with a beautiful little one-sentence definition of a "Real Man", but then followed that up with this: "A real woman? That's easy: a girl who rides a motorcycle in a skirt..." I can't even begin to describe the depth of my disappointment in that definition, coming as it does from a generally spiritually-minded woman. But then I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised seeing as how she (and every other female of her generation) has been exposed to 40 years of Feminist indoctrination. I thought how sad it was that she - a woman herself - had less understanding of what makes a "Real Woman" than I had, and here I - being a man - am a supposedly insensitive brute of a thing ("a bear with furniture" to quote the very funny comedienne, Elaine Boozler). This only goes to emphasize the point that those extremist social engineers we call "Feminists" have been so effective in twisting and confusing the minds of the vast majority of the female gender that even "spiritual" women no longer recognize what they are and what they are supposed to do in support of the human society (as dictated by their Creator, The Lord God).

I do not read anything without having a yellow (yellow ONLY!) highlighter nearby. I highlight favorite sentences and passages in EVERYTHING I read, that includes fiction and even magazines.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Yellohsub on December 24, 2004
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If you are frustrated with modern feminism's hatred of women, and looking for validation in the context of Christianity, then you need to read this book!

In the beginning all the negative quotes about women were overwhelming, but by the end I felt very encouraged. I've been getting my mom and friends to read it, as well. Every Christian woman should!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Magenta Maria on March 4, 2009
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I am from a protestant background and thought this book was brilliant and eye opening. Highly recommended for women of all religious backgrounds as well as teens. von Hildebrand's ideas are true feminism, delighting in woman as she was created.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By MYSTICALROSE84 on August 14, 2008
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Dr. Von Hildebrand has written the best book that I have ever read about the dignity of women. She uses examples from highly praised feminists throughout history to show how the current "feminist" view is not actually promoting women, but trying to turn them into men. Another important part of her book includes using the Blessed Virgin as THE example of a true woman of God. I recommend this book to all of my friends, and I wish more people would read it.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Bloomfield on March 21, 2007
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Dr. Alice von Hildebrand has a remarkable talent sharing her insights and wisdom culled from history, philosophy and theology across the centuries. The Privilege of Being a Woman is written with a mix of modern experience along with her sharp wit. This thin volume shows that true Christianity truly values women and recognizes their value, particularly in the complimentarity of men and women, the importance of procreation (pg. 47) and the "metaphysical bond between womanhood and life" which is "an honor indeed." (pg. 61) The only thing better is to hear her in person!
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