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Young women are the unhappy victims of their mothers' generation's feminism, says Danielle Crittenden in What Our Mothers Didn't Tell Us. Though they usually don't realize it, feminism has "seeped into their minds like intravenous saline into the arm of an unconscious patient." Crittenden says that feminism doesn't provide answers for the questions that distress young women, such as, "Is work really more important and fulfilling than raising my children?" and "Why does my boyfriend not want to get married as much as I do?" The modern dilemma, she says, is that the success of feminism has cut women off from those aspects of life that are distinctly female desires, such as being a wife and raising children. Crittenden wants us to take a step back from sexual freedom (which she says ends up harming the woman, who gets used and dumped), career (only a tiny minority have stimulating, gratifying jobs), and zealous personal autonomy (often an indication of being too fearful and weak to take on responsibilities), in favor of commitment, marriage, and child rearing. She argues that feminist fervor has failed modern women, and gives her suggestions for how women can recapture meaning, fulfillment, and happiness. --Joan Price --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The founder of the Women's Quarterly, which in four years has attracted lots of attention, pro and con, argues that today's young women are unhappy because they have been taught to put independence first and blame men for everything.
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I agree with the author's evaluation of the feminist movement, but it is always easier to describe what is wrong with society rather than put forth valid solutions. Read morePublished 5 months ago by James Park
Every girl needs to READ this book. It's amazing I love it. I have gotten two more copy's to give to my friends. This book reminds me what a women's life really is. Read morePublished 17 months ago by christen
Disclosure: I have NOT read the book (only the synopsis), but I have read most of the reviews here on Amazon. Read morePublished 17 months ago by JJ Levin
A breath of fresh air. Well written. I feel a little sorry for the generation of women who bought into the radical feminist dogma and realized too late that it wasn't what they... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Daniel Patterson
The book starts from a fundamental mis-understanding of what feminism was all about.
Given that a lot of the on-reporting of feminism was done by men who really didn't believe... Read more
A strong argument against the androgyny project of the last 30 years. Most of her points are common sense, but it says something that they are controversial. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by charlotte's web
Crittenden takes a stance that isn't popular but says what so many wish they could. If you are wondering what happened to all the men and say to your friends that it is such a... Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Bethany S.
This book promotes a lifestyle (the male breadwinner, female stay-at-home parent model) that is very, very hard on children. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Learning New Ways