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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (March 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034538248X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345382481
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,053,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terrifying...Impressive...A challenging esay that justifies the feminist revival."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Bestselling author and feminist scholar Marilyn French has written a shocking and fascinating analysis of the history of women's political, cultural, physical, and economic repression that is as controversial as it is utterly convincing. In this stunning work of resarch, Ms. French creates a devastating portrait of today's male-dominated global society, with its underlying aim of destroying, subjugating, or mutilating women. Here is a devastating indictment of our values and an important step toward an urgent public discussion of human morality.

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32 of 46 people found the following review helpful By WritelySo on March 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
While many will find it easiest to dismiss this book in the manner that the simple-minded dismiss well argued and reasonable controversial works, such dismissal will be much more difficult for intelligent and well educated individuals. Her arguments are powerful and well supported, her observations astute, her conclusions sound and reasonable. This is one of the most important feminist books ever written and an absolute must read for anyone - anyone at all - who is concerned about the global situation of women.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Arias on October 2, 2009
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When we live in a world where women can be bought, men can rape and kill their wives under the protection of the law, and women are being sexually mutilated against their will a book like this becomes very important. Many may like to believe Marilyn French is a man-hater. I, however, do not. I think some of her ideas and points may seem radical because we are all products of a patriarchical society...we can not help but not see just how wrong things are and how sexist our habits and thinking are when the world we have grown up in is a sexist(among many others things) one.
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26 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1997
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I learned a great deal from this book, all of it eye-opening. It led me to read _The_Mismeasure_of_Woman_ and to subscribe to Ms. I'm pretty sure the hard-line political "Right" does not want anyone reading this book. It had me fighting mad--but I think that even if one doesn't want to get righteously angry, get informed
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26 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2001
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This book is incredible in that once you have read it you will never see political events in the same light as before. The revelation that men actually envy women's ability to have children and be mothers explains so many of the male rituals that exist in our society. As a Christian I think she misunderstood some of the reasons for abstinence before marriage, however, overall her book is very revealing. I look forward to her next book.
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43 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Average Jane on February 8, 2004
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While Marilyn French is an excellent woman with a credible background from Harvard, I found her assessment of women, especially in America rather inaccurate and blatantly biased. The book seemed, on the whole an overtly sweeping damnation of men.
In the first few pages of her book, I knew that it was going to turn out this way- She characterizes men as slobs and lazy based on women's labor statistics in heavily agricultural countries like India and Africa. Rather than make a good issue out of these statistics and address the real underlying causes of that inequality, she just blames the problem 'on the men'. In addition, her extremist view on the world turns even the slightest bit of information into 'inscrutable proof' that a man's only purpose is to dominate and restrict women- something I revile and think undermines her main points, and the ideas of feminism in general.
While there are some serious problems around the world that she addresses well- she is, after all an extremely articulate and through writer, even with her extremist conclusions- her overall outlook is excessively simplistic and overshadows the real problems against women- in places in third-world countries where women are really abused, forced to stay at home (purdah) or otherwise restricted because of traditional, religious and social reasons.
I am actually a woman feminist but I believe that Marilyn is one of the reasons people consider feminists 'radical' or 'crazy'. I resist the 'scare tactics' that women like Marilyn believe and the impression that the world is totally against women. Everyone makes their way in America- women are still getting there- but we have a chance! Playing victim to Marilyn's supposedly segrated world of men will do nothing to help!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful By LD on June 11, 2010
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I know woman's rights is so out of "vogue". As it seems the things some had fought so hard for, are slowly being undermined glad to see a new generation of people who care what happen to all women for all our mother daughters grand-daughters and sisters thanks for writing and thanks for reading and caring.
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