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The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much? Paperback – March 4, 2008
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I speak from personal experiences when I say that it is of crucial importance for a woman to ensure her own economic independence. It's imperative to her own well-being and also that of her child. I would never suggest that money is more important than family because for me it isn't. I have no desire to hold a high-powered job making six or seven figures. I want only to make a decent living for myself and for my family.
Three years ago, I came to the harsh realization that for my own sake and that of my daughter, I had to leave my marriage. It was an agonizing decision made all the more so by the fact that I was a stay-at-home mom at the time. With no way of providing for myself or my child, I was terrified at the idea of leaving and yet I knew I had to for the good of everyone involved. The end result is that I have struggled for the past three years to provide for myself and my child. I could not possibly love my daughter more and had I been given the choice, I would have continued working so as not to have had to put her through this period of economic instability. Fortunately, she is very young and will likely not remember the vast majority of it but I will never forget the pain of knowing that I couldn't provide for my child the things I so desperately wanted to provide for her. I certainly gave her all the love and attention possible but neither of those things will put food in a child's belly or clothes on that child's back.Read more ›
The working moms interviewed employ full-time nannies at $30,000 a year, and have flexible schedules. One woman solved her child care issues by buying two additional homes (one for her aunt and one for her parents) near her own home. This made it possible, she says, for her to work and to have a family. Another working mom comments that she is in demand as a dinner-party companion, since she is not the "dreaded housewife." One claims her working status has given her the "power" to decide where the couple's pool will be installed at their country home. This is why they work? To be a desirable party guest and to dictate the location of a pool? Bennetts should spend some time in the real world and figure out why the rest of us work. She should also spend some time with some real at-home mothers and find out, shockingly, that most of them work hard and are interesting people. She should also examine the contradictions and double standards in the book.Read more ›
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Don't get married men, It's a TRAP!!The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?Published 8 months ago by This is this and that is that
I am 30 and I read this book when it first came out in 2007. I was married but did not have my daughter at the time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by NewHampshirite
BOOK WAS IN GREAT SHAPE, HARDBACK WHICH IS MORE VALUABLE . VERY HAPPY WITH THE WHOLE TRANSACTION.Published 20 months ago by chuck gillette
Great book. It's important to think about all these things "before" choosing to work or be a stay at home mom.Published 21 months ago by KARIN WASYLIW
This book really is preaching to the choir. Although I strongly agree with the author's premise, I found the lack of balance in her rhetoric somewhat off-putting. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I have enjoyed reading this book. I really see how women give up too much. Yes I agree we all need to be independent. Think for our own future. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Vickie Cosic
Leslie Bennetts did a wonderful job of highlighting the potential downfalls of relying on the "traditional" familial household where the husband is the breadwinner and the... Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Candace Owen
I have read and reread this book multiple times! Extremely well written by the author with multiple interviews and citations. Read morePublished on January 3, 2014 by working mother of 4
The Feminist Mistake was a sad disappointment. I expected something with research and cites, but all I got were anecdotes. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by Gagewyn