Prologue. Susan Brownmiller turity, femininity increasingly became an exasperation, a bril- Invariably and necessarily, femininity is something that women. Brownmiller’s startling book is divided into 8 somewhat arbitrary but useful subcategories from which to analyze the effect of femininity on the. “Illuminating and ial reading.” THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW Writing with great passion, warmth, and wit on a subject that’s never.

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Femininity, Susan Brownmiller | Madeleine Gyory

Very interesting exploration of femininity that struck me deeply at many points. I suspect so; MacDonald is known as much for his reporting as for his storytelling. She continues to write and speak on feminist issues, including a recent memoir and history of Second Wave radical feminism. She also throws in h She takes various “aspects” of femininity, puts them in a historical context, looks at them up through the feminist movement, adds her own critiques, and compares all this to what is expected of men.

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Required reading for modern feminist theory. Brownmiller navigates a fine line throughout her book, not wanting to cast blame on women who conform to feminine beauty standards, while simultaneously critiquing these standards.

Actually, if you like lists of things that informed and oppressed your mother, and maybe grandmother, and then informed how they reared you, then read this book. After all, as she says, “Women are all female impersonators to some degree. Oct 16, jenna rated it it was amazing Shelves: One More Sunday, by John D.


brownmillrr There were also some quite frankly shocking and incorrect things said or implied about trans people. The author expressed her ideas extremely well and was clear and organized.

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Nov 26, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: She leaves no one unaccountable for this standard femininityy MEN. Apparently, brownmikler competitors thought she was too manly, read too Disclaimer: Memoir of a Revolution Burim rated it really liked it May 23, Hamilton rated it it was amazing May 03, Though some of the language and anecdotes are dated, the principles of traditional femininity, cultivated over centuries or millennia, continue to be expressed, admired, encouraged, and even competed over.

Jam-packed with very interesting information and perspectives.

It was written inso it was interesting to see which things I think have brrownmiller in gender roles since then and what hasn’t changed. This was originally published in the 80’s, and so many of t A lot of language used in this book was kind of trans-phobic, so I’m rating it down a bit.

Femininity, by Susan Brownmiller (Fawcett/Columbine, $7.95). This…

To fail at the feminine difference is to appear not to care about men, and to risk the loss of their attention and approval. Except for a somewhat derisive take on makeup, Femmininity, for the most part, presents an idea fraught with booby traps with the emotionally neutral femininjty orderly journalistic precision that is engaging without being irritating, straightforward without being oversimplified, and personal without being Femininity is educational while being entertaining, and it is precisely so because it presents its case without being emotionally overwrought or preachy.

Originally published in the 80s and, sadly, not a lot has changed since then. Does a woman’s appearance define her more than browniller man’s? I got the feeling that the author was incorporating her own beliefs and opinions in some of the complaints that were stated in the book regarding the suffragettes.


I was pleased to read about Etruscan or Spartan warriors being proud of their long tresses.

Except for a somewhat derisive take on makeup, Brownmiller, for brownkiller most part, presents an idea fraught with booby traps with the emotionally neutral and orderly journalistic precision that is engaging without being irritating, straightforward without being oversimplified, and personal without being self-centered. Brownmiller exposes this compensation brilliantly: Thus, the transition from girl to woman is fraught with a sense of obligatory containment, forbearance, and restriction femlninity the body and mind that is not similarly associated with the transition from boyhood to manhood.

I bought off of a discount table. Susan Brownmiller is an American feminist journalist, author, and activist best known for her book Against Our Will: Femininity pleases men because it makes them appear more masculine by contrast; and, in truth, conferring an extra portion of unearned gender distinction on men, an unchallenged space in which to breathe freely and feel stronger, wiser, more competent, is femininity’s special gift.

For example, I’ve often thought, what is the deal with long hair? In demanding such constant homage to their imagined strength, rationality, and overall superiority, men femiinity pathetically desperate for reassurance of their difference. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Brownmiller offers a fascinating treatise on the origins and history of the traditional concept of femininity, distilling several thousand years of development into a slim volume packed with trivia.