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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I think in some aspects held up remarkably well, and would have been excellent if not for its whiteness and eurocentricity.

It woke me up to realities I took for granted and I’m still lucid of these influences and integrate them into my understand of myself and others. Each chapter is quite dense with historical references to trace current trends and perceptions in America – illustrating what beownmiller considered the norm and then referencing American women who either challenged or solidified this conception.

As an aside, this is the book that taught me, years ago, just exactly what that whole footbinding thing really entailed. Want browwnmiller Read saving….

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Still, a man does not have to be hit over the head by Alan Alda to see that her point is well taken. In response to the anxiety over what will happen to standardized dress codes when women enter the male-dominated workplace, Brownmiller writes:.

Jun 26, Katrina rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It shows how and why women have been or are seen in certain lights, the historical origins of some misconceptions or characterizations, and why these stereotypes are mistaken or could be viewed through a different perspective.

Tho I’m not the uber-feminist I once was when I read this at age 22 I shave now, care how I look and I accept that others have the right to their opinionsthe book’s critical analysis of the feminine did make me very aware of different injunctions around me. The author needed to stop whining that she didn’t want to do something but was forced to because femiminity the opinions of her peers.

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She also throws in her own personal dilemmas–like knowing that her hair does not femiinnity her character, yet breaking down and admittedly feeling better about herself afterward and dyeing her gray hair–which make it more real.

The plot and the characters are more predictable, if only because Sinclair Lewis covered so much of the moral ground in ”Elmer Gantry.

Perhaps I need even more help, I wonder if there is a second volume to this book!!!???

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

Useful to have a collection of all of these cultural rules in one place, though, I suppose, if only to wonder about their origin and how to rebel against them. I have always felt uncomfortable with my lack of free choice with regard to appearing feminine or not; this book helped me understand better the source of that discomfort. She explores the topic appropriately starting with a chapter entitled “Body”, and ending with “Ambition”. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Femininityplease sign up. The makeup, clothes, the hair, the jewelry, it all had to 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.

What are its demands? I found this book an entertaining and fascinating exploration of the phenomenon, “femininity. Additionally, rather than dismissing some ideas about femininity that have been portrayed as negative, she instead illustrates how such traits might be useful or necessary for example “gossip” a way to make sense of a world.


I did not appreciate how hard it was for women to evolve from restrictive clothing corsets, long skirts to comfortable clothing that allowed for freedom of movement. It veers into neither misogyny nor misandry. Should be read by every woman at least once. Lists with This Book.


Since I have such a deep and personal history of trying to avoid being sexualized in clothing, a swim suit, etc. Email required Address never made public. The author expressed her ideas extremely well and was clear and organized. Does a woman’s appearance define her more than a man’s? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, and be, according to the mores of society?

At one concert I attended, the flutist wore a floor-length black skirt, the violinist wore a knee-length black skirt, and the cellist opted for black trousers.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Refresh and try again. This is why women were able to be bullied: 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. If you like lists of cultural mores that are oppressing you, then read this book.

Required reading for modern feminist theory. Not since a Bare Essential infomercial have I been so enthralled with skin! After all, as she says, “Women are all female impersonators to some degree.