- Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; later printing edition (1972)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BD40YI
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,934,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Female Eunuch Mass Market Paperback – 1972
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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Germaine Greer (born 1939) is an Australian-born writer, who has taught English literature at the University of Warwick and Newnham College, Cambridge. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Steven H Propp
Some of the text is now dated but still a great read....[or re-read].Published 9 months ago by Talor
Great book. Why didn't I read it when it first was published, when it would have helped me enormously?Published 10 months ago by molly brunner
It's okay, groundbreaking in its time. If you haven't read Germaine Greer, this is a good place to start, but not her best. I liked THE CHANGE much better.Published 11 months ago by CRAZYCAT LADY
This book is full of hate and anger... It is too reactive Maybe it made sense 30 years ago but I would not recommended to read it now... Read morePublished 15 months ago by nano
Do not waste your time, I read few chapters and would not read more if I was paid to do it. The writing style is horrible. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mina
A very intresting and informative read. Not for the faint of heart when it comes to subjects like this. Very enlightening!Published 19 months ago by booklady101