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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Susan Brownmiller offers a witty and often pointed critique of the concept of femininity in With intelligence and humor, Susan Brownmiller explores the history and unspoken rules of the burden of “feminine perfection” What brownmillfr femininity?

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

Nov 26, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Return to Book Page. Bobbing your hair is a temporary tragedy. There are many problems with this book: Gender and sexuality are topics all too often ignored, despite how much they influence our lives.

Published February 12th by Ballantine Books first published She shares her own personal reflections as she has questioned her body, her skin, her clothing.

Paperbackpages. I do highly recommend this book to anyone interested in feminist history – this is not for beginners!

We are talking, admittedly, about an exquisite esthetic. Should be read by every woman at least once. To ask other readers questions about Femininityplease sign up.

Femininity by Susan Brownmiller

Much of the contradictions inherent in femninity, Brownmiller postulates, originate in the conflicting implications and demands of these three archetypal figures. This was this month’s selection for my feminist book club and I loved it! Brownmiller won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in to research and write about the crime of rape.


Girdles will injure your organs. I have always felt uncomfortable with my lack of free choice with regard to appearing feminine or brownmlller this book helped me understand better the source of that discomfort. The makeup, clothes, the hair, the jewelry, it all had beownmiller be worn and worn correctly or women would be laughed out of public places or ridiculed back to what they rebelled from in the first place.

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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.

It should be read in conjunction with Naomi Wolf’s ‘The Beauty Myth’ as both authors touch upon similar themes, although Susan Brownmiller does show a touch more humour particularly about her personal interaction with femininity. If she has difficulty in satisfying femininity’s demands, if its illusions go against her grain, or if she is criticized for her shortcomings and imperfections, the more she will see femininity as a desperate strategy of appeasement, a strategy she may not have the wish or the courage to abandon, for failure looms in either direction.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Maria rated it liked it Aug 08, Brownmiller has thought of that. Jun 16, Karen-Leigh rated it liked it Shelves: Thanks for telling us about the problem.


Originally published in the 80s and, sadly, not a lot has changed since then. Dec 15, Kerry rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 09, Jezzyka rated it it was amazing. I bought off of a discount table. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: How is it measured? Except feminninity a somewhat derisive take on makeup, Femlninity, for the most femininitu, 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.

I am the biggest culprit of what this book attacks. Notify me of new comments via email. Maybe like a perfect example of feminists worshipping masculinity and seeing anything associated with femininity worthy of being eternally trashed.

The book is important reading for anyone who wants to get to the humanity behind gender stereotyping, and, it might be argued, for those who have or want children who are interested in questioning their own ideas about sex and gender and what that means for the world their child browmiller up in.

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