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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006157953X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061579530
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A dazzling combination of erudition, eccentricity, and eroticism.” (Newsweek)

“Brilliantly written, quirky and sensible, full of bile and insight.” (New York Times Book Review)

“This book changed my life. Germaine Greer is brave and crazy, serious and fun, sharp and sexy.” (Elizabeth Wurtzel)

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Praise for THE FEMALE EUNUCH by Germaine Greer

"Like a woman, this book gets better with age. Greer's punchy prose and all-too-true observations motivate you to go out and do something to liberate yourself-and other women." -Leora Tanenbaum, author of "Slut! Growing Up Female With a Bad Reputation"

"In this classic text, Germaine Greer establishes herself as the bastard brainchild of Simone deBeauvoir and Valerie Solanis; a free-loving feminist freak and angry intellectual blazing the trail for modern day thinkers like Camille Paglia and Elizabeth Wurtzel; a pro-sex feminist before the term was invented. At times funny, at times ferocious, and at times frustrating, "The Female Eunuch" remains an important historical document, one which makes palpable both the passion and the venom that brought Feminism's second wave to life." -Debbie Stoller, co-founder of "Bust" magazine and co-editor of "The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order"

"This book changed my life. Germaine Greer is brave and crazy, serious and fun, sharp and sexy. The suffragettes may have invented modern-day feminism half a century before, but Germaine Greer made it hot." -Elizabeth Wurtzel, author of "Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women" and "Prozac Nation" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on May 12, 2002
Format: Paperback
I read Greer's The Whole Woman, her most recent endeavor, before reading The Female Eunuch--suddenly I understood why the reviews of the Whole Woman were so tepid-to-awful. I liked it, but reading Eunuch I realized that this woman had incredible style and swagger, but that she had written a much more delicious and fearless book back in 1970.
In the intervening years, so much has changed for women (because of feminism) that Greer's antics and ability to go head to head with macho rakes/serious artists (like she did with Norman Mailer in an infamous Town Hall meeting) is less notable. Still, Eunuch bristles with energy and youth and it makes me think, even though I was certainly not raised in the repressive forties and fifties.
I think that this book is definitely worth reading, especially to see how far we've come.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on November 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is an incredible and thought-provoking book. Written in, it seems, a blaze of fury,"The Female Eunuch," doesn't shy away from controversy.

To the reviewer who mentioned the style as inferior to more academic texts, I would agree - PROVIDED that you judge it on it's "sociological" merit as opposed to cultural. She doesn't support her claims with statistics or figures, and sometimes draws anecdotes that hardly seem to fit her premises from god-knows-where. No one but an egotistical, grandiose, self-important thinker would write in the style she writes in: namely the style most influential thinkers in history have used. If you see the truth in what she says, her ideas are great, poetic, motivational, etc. If you don't see the phenomena she describes in the book around you in your day-to-day life, then you are probably personally more liberated than the audience of "castrated women" she intended the book for. Either way, you'll definitely spot some glaring holes in her writing.

Reading this book as a kid (you heard me) shaped my philosophy of gender pretty powerfully. It's written in such a grabbing style, and it makes recommendations to the women of the world that are downright anarchistic, insubordinate, and earth-shaking. If you ever feel like your feminism is a little bit unambitious or tepid, this is the book to get you back on your feet, and really reanalyzing your place in the world as a feminist woman or man. Just read it. It will make you think important thoughts.
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96 of 132 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 12, 1999
Format: Paperback
I began reading "The Female Eunuch" after I had read Natalies Angiers "Woman : An Intimate Geography". It caused a sensation in its time and is still capable of shocking. Ms Angiers may have borrowed from The "Female Eunuch" because she also divides her books in to chapters with simple headings like the "body" and "work" and this gives both books clarity and focus. Where they differ is that Ms Greer,s is on shakier ground with her scientific references which can be excused since the book was first published in 1970.
Her statements about clitoral orgasms being a "new scientific myth" makes very odious and irritating reading. Ms Greer tries to excuse herself by saying that focusing on clitoral arousal is just another limiting perspective on female sexuality. She is wrong. Clitoral arousal is still a mystery to many women. Who still expect to achieve vaginal orgasms and wonder why they do not. Which only proves that for all the scientific hoopla in the 1970s. Most women are still ignorant about how their genitalia function.
Ms Greer mentions hiding her soiled sanitary rag from her brother as a girl and is obviously indignant about it But still does not question why female reproductive organs are considered so objectionable that they and their issue should be hidden. I would have considered this oversight a direct result of her childhood in Australia which is basically a secular country. However Ms Greer attended a Roman Catholic girls school. Implying that she should know full well why women genitals and menstrual fluid are considered 'unclean' It is laid out quite clearly in Leviticus.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tricia Love on September 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have given this book five stars to try to raise the rating a bit. I read this book way back in the seventies, (before a lot of you were born). We knew then that Germaine Greer was a very clever satirist and managed to say and get things in print most of us would never even think about least of all discuss. We read this book and Helen Gurley Brown's "Sex and the Single Girl" with popping eyes. Not that I am comparing the two books except that they both dealt with women and sex, one book tells you how to go out and get your man and the other tells you to beware of being used by men. Both written by educated intelligent women and both very useful in that day and age. I have not reread The Female Eunuch, (although it is in my library somewhere) but I can imagine that the message is lost on this present much more enlightened and sexually active generation. Someone wrote that Germaine Greer is a lesbian, I don't know about that, it is something we never thought about. If it is true, lesbians have a right to their opinions too so that was a useless and bitter comment.

Germaine Greer is not to be taken seriously, she deliberately provokes thought, and the people who DO take her seriously become very agitated and upset. Believe me, it's not worth it, she would just laugh up her sleeve.

September 19th 2006
RE: SPOTLIGHT REVIEW. (My orginal review was written September 8th.)

I felt I had to come back to tell you that the Spotlight Review "Embittered Lesbian" is both discriminatory, (implying that it is only natural for a lesbian to be embittered) and incorrect. I have done some research out of curiosity, and to set the record straight, I found that Germaine Greer although being a lifelong feminist and might well be embittered, is NOT a lesbian. Feminist, contrary to the belief of "embittered" heterosexuals, is not necessarily synonymous with lesbian.
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