Woman-Child (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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It seems as if you wouldn't qualify for Schoeneman's version of full womanhood without a husband and children-- what a revolutionary proposition! I assume this woman also asks her husband who to vote for in every election as well. Call me crazy, but there is more than one way to be a woman.
If you think the color of your nail polish and the kind of clothes you wear define who you are as a complete individual and adult, then sure, buy this single. But I can find plenty of more useful things to buy with my $1.99 that won't insult me.
This piece tears women down for prioritizing a career or (GASP!) friends over finding a husband, taking vacations instead of Lamaze classes, and watching What to Expect When You're Expecting over The Hunger games. Are you serious? Since when do nail stickers and taking vacations equal a lack of maturity? Who is ANYONE to define what a woman should be in 2012?
There are plenty of ways to analyze a cultural "phenomenon" without insulting every woman who chooses to be different than them. The author should work on that. And while she's at it, she should work on sounding less bitter.
The most bothersome thing to me was that she does not make any REAL claims. I would have enjoyed the Single had she actually took some information, analyzed it, and told me "SO WHAT?" Instead, it just reads like a snarky woman snarking on other women's choices.
Particular things that bothered me... the section on the "woman-child" and dating, which implied that no man would want to date one, unless they are a pedophile, and that is bad! Women should want men to want them so they should not be women-children! She also implied that certain celebrity marriages failed because the females focused too much on the fantasy wedding and not on the marriage itself. That could be said about SO many failed marriages, why does she single out the woman-child?! She also condescendingly notes Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's marriage, linking the "cougar" trend to the "woman-child" trend.
I also disliked her implications that, because she came of age in a certain time in which women tried to act more mature, that HER experience is correct and everyone else's MUST be wrong. Her condescending solipsism caused me to put down my Kindle more than once and walk away. For example, she talks about her mid-twenties, and follows it up with "Of course, we did it without bright nail polish or bows on our dresses." Like this makes her a superior person!
At this this article, briefly mentioned in the single, explicitly states WHY there is an issue with this sort of ultra-girly, childish behavior (that it makes it easier for men to downgrade us): [...]
Here is the article about this single that I would suggest you read instead of buying the single: [...]
I would be willing to read such a thing and discuss it criticially. The issue is that Schoeneman's piece is about as substantive as the airy confection-culture she's sort of kind of poking at throughout the piece. At times it reads like a self-aggrandizing story about Schoeneman's childhood. She is no doubt an intelligent woman, but her constant reminders about how "different" she is become almost desperate in the end. No! Really! I read good books, I tried hard, I did the right things! That's wonderful- I'm proud of it- but it implies that the inverse might be true of women who embody the "woman-child" persona.
It meanders, it traipses around, it becomes a cluttered mess of constant namedropping (I almost wanted to stop as soon as I saw the word "wunderkind" associated with Lena Dunham. PLEASE.), only once or twice does Schoeneman seem interested in talking to someone qualified to discuss the psychology behind this phenomenon, and in that instance the psychologist contradicts Schoeneman herself.
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I finished this book and thought it was interesting makes you realize what is around us and how we woman do relate to the child insidePublished on January 23, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Woman-Child is an interesting concept that shows the dangers of the Kindle Single program -- that often the pieces are not ready for prime time. Read morePublished on September 25, 2012 by Michelle R
I think that the negative reviewers on this page are taking their womanhood a little too seriously and Schoeneman a lot too literally. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by James Ramsey
a fun read on a trend that is popping up everywhere lately. interesting interviews with people from the pop culture world that are shaping this phenomenon.Published on September 20, 2012 by Kristi Hughes
Thank you Ms. Schoeneman for your clever analysis! This was a fun read. As a mother and professional trying to maintain a sense of humor while attending to all my responsibilities,... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by GBF
I really enjoyed this book! The author includes lots of interesting autobiographical anecdotes from her childhood and more recent observations as a professional tv comedy/drama... Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Dynamo_Patt
Fashions, diet, and social etiquette are always topics that deserve some in-depth feminist analysis, but it's not to be had here. Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Lee
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