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5.0 out of 5 stars Who says you have to agree with everything?
I love this book. It is amazing, and, it has to be said, very few people still write anything like this. I don't agree with everything Greer says, but then i don't have to: she is forty years older than me and if her book inspires someone of my generation to write the next 'Female Eunuch' then it will have served its purpose. When I read her first novel, the Female...
Published on June 30, 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Germaine's Still Angry!
Germaine Greer is back and she's still angry. The Whole Woman is the self-proclaimed sequel to 1971's The Female Eunuch, a sequel she had said she would never write. She took up the cause again because "the fire flared up in her belly" when the feminists of her generation said that feminism had gone too far and the "lifestyle feminists" (whoever they may be) said that it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greer expresses what every "whole woman" feels, May 21, 1999
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This review is from: The Whole Woman (Hardcover)
The only disappointing aspect of this book was that I didn't want it to end...so I started reading it again! This book is required reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Germaine Again Strikes a True Chord, May 19, 1999
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This review is from: The Whole Woman (Hardcover)
It's refreshing to know that real feminists are still alive & kicking. After the 90s barrage of little-girl man-pleasing garbage like Camile Paglia & Christina Sommers, I'm glad that Ms. Greer did us all a favor & wrote this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine sermon from the lecturn of humanity, April 6, 1999
This review is from: The Whole Woman (Hardcover)
Greer once again has given a valuable insight, not only into the role of woman, but into all aspects of humanity and the role in which women take in it. Throughout the work she not only shows and describes with clarity the need of further plight in liberating women, but also what needs to be undertaken with the situation of humanity as a whole. What will you do?.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Germaine Greer does it again!, March 14, 1999
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This review is from: The Whole Woman (Hardcover)
This book should make as big an impact as The Female Eunuch. Greer is as perceptive as ever, although the quality of her writing seems to have dropped a little (for instance, her use of dated expressions such as "Dig it" and "[...] rules, OK" really makes the reader cringe). Despite this, her observations on men, women and society still ring true, and her point that women's liberation has been replaced by a false and misleading "equality" is well made.
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1.0 out of 5 stars bitterness and ignorance is boring, May 21, 1999
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As a "feminist" woman I get quite embarassed when I am confronted with such non-constructive vituperations from a well-known icon. I'd like to contrast this book with Angier's also recent book, which covers much of the same ground but with a much more knowledgeable, fun, and helpful attitude. Greer just don't do anything but give voice to the frustrated soul within with exagerated invective. Spare your money and donate to a good cause.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the male response, August 16, 1999
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This review is from: The Whole Woman (Hardcover)
When I mentioned this title, one of my male co-workers said vehemently, "how could you take anything that woman writes seriously.She is as ugly as sin" Male attitudes? For some, that comment speaks volumes! We still need you Germaine!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A refreshingly global perspective, July 19, 1999
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It is amazing how effectively Greer can belittle and expose the anglo-capitalist agendas of Talk Show-feminists clawing for that elusive "key to the executive washroom," of the recent crop of "bimbo feminists" like Naomi Wolfe and the Spice Girls, and of low-IQ liberal bigots in general. Greer correctly points out that these sorts feel no solidarity with "the Cuban feminists struggling to counter-act the crippling effects of the American blockade", nor for "the women who denounce cultural imperialism...donned the chador and howled the Americans out of Iran." There is not as much radically new material here as there was in her earlier work "Sex and Destiny" (- for example, the evils of Barbie and Silicon implants are already well publicised.) However, the chapters on the Womb, Pantomime Dames, Shopping, Sex, Daughters, and Girl Power, are revelatory. The book has an appeal that transcends cultures, gender and economic systems. As a muslim male banker, I found Greer's manifesto to be a truly invigorating read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book & Read It Over & Over, May 15, 1999
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This review is from: The Whole Woman (Hardcover)
This book is not only brilliantly insightful, it's downright humorous as well. If you're a woman, read this book for comfort when you find yourself in yet another ugly situation whereby you are confronted with sexism (which should keep you reading it constantly). If you're male, just keep reading & re-reading this book until it starts to sink in. Even if it doesn't start to sink in, just keep re-reading it anyway...you'll be less of a danger to society that way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frothy and frivolous, April 20, 1999
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Miss Greer deserves a pat on the head for this book. She is one of the few feminists who admit that women, not men, commit most abuse on children as well as half of all assaults on siblings or spouses. An interesting gripe in her book is that only 23 per cent of men will consent to cook when they have a female in the house. Maybe this is because hardly any women will service a car when they have a male in the house. I like Greer1s writing style. It is crisp, frothy and frivolous.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Greer needs to do her research first, April 20, 1999
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This review is from: The Whole Woman (Hardcover)
A friend of mine sent me this book from the UK. It appears that Greer spent more time developing her opinions and making them persuasive than she did researching her material. Her section entitled "Pantomime Dames," for example, is full of medically inaccurate statements and quotes taken out of context. To say that she is speaking from the "lecturn of humanity" is shocking. Instead, she is preaching for a supreme "whole" woman based on her limited and extreme definition and twisting facts in a mean-spirited way in order to lead her readers to her conclusions. In my humble opinion, she is giving the rest of us who consider ourselves feminists a bad name. Reader beware: when you read this book, please make sure you do the research she didn't before agreeing with her conclusions.
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