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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Nov 04, K Kriesel rated it liked it Shelves: You are commenting using your Twitter account. She continues to write and speak on feminist issues, including a recent memoir and history of Second Wave radical feminism. I was trying to imagine how this book would feel from a man’s perspective.

The mentality was and sometimes still is: You are commenting using your Facebook account. This excerpt is from the prologue. This is a book I had to read for class. Not since a Bare Essential infomercial have I been so enthralled with skin! Jam-packed with very interesting information and perspectives.

I think it is these personal anecdotes that really make this book readable. At times these tangents add color and a worthy perspective I happen to welcome this sort of thing, typicallyother times it is just a dead end, a futile attempt to explain human behavior or preference through evolution.

May 20, Abby rated it really liked it Shelves: Published February 12th by Ballantine Books first published This idea compels a new perspective on feminine grooming rituals that seem harmless at first glance, but appear oppressive when scrutinized. In response to the anxiety over what will happen to standardized dress codes when women enter the male-dominated workplace, Brownmiller writes: The breaking of the book into different sections — emotion, hair, skin, voice, body, ambition, clothes, and movement — allows Brownmiller to explore the concept on various levels.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hilary Clinton was said to be too mannish until she was too emotional.

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. Did you know that women were fired from their jobs if they cut their hair in a bob because men had fits about women with short hair?

After all, as she says, “Women are all female impersonators to some degree. While Brownmiller does give statistics and sources, I would have liked to see some stories from other women. I appreciated the moments when Susan Brownmiller divulged that she too, despite being a pants-only, makeup-less feminist, is sucked into the femininity vortex obsessing about her hair, modulating her posture to appear smaller or more deferential, etc.

Paulshe also doesn’t argue vehemently against them; she presents the facts as she has gathered them and lets the reader decide for her- or himself. The last, the book says, ”is almost universal among children and is realistic. Fashion, after all, really has nothing to do with survival.

Femininity by Susan Brownmiller

If you like lists of cultural mores that are oppressing you, then read this brownmilelr. I am the biggest culprit of what this book attacks.

Dec 15, Kerry rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. The writing is just formal enough that it’s understandable but sophisticated and not dumbed down. Susan Brownmiller offers feminiity 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 is femininity?


On the other hand the author never lets you forget all of the trends that women were not allowed to participate in for femininuty of being too masculine. These weaknesses aside, the collection of personal essays for they do feel this way makes a feminiity companion to The Beauty Myth or Cinderella Ate My Daughter.

MacDonald the reporter exceeds MacDonald the novelist in this story of the Eternal Church of the Believer, known to its naively devoted flock through its weekly television spectacular–that is, divine feminlnity through mailed and telephoned appeals for donations. Books by Susan Brownmiller. To be insufficiently feminine is viewed as a failure in core sexual identity, or as a failure to care sufficiently about oneself, for a woman found wanting will be appraised and will appraise herself as mannish or neutered or simply unattractive, as men have defined these terms.

Walter Macy has turned to blackmail; a reporter who has come snooping around has disappeared.

Men, Women, and Rape. I am not an animal is still raised today. Each chapter is quite dense with historical references to trace current trends and perceptions in America – illustrating what is considered the norm and then referencing American women who either challenged or solidified this conception.


Perhaps I need even more help, I wonder if there is a second volume to this book!!!??? Femininity is educational while being entertaining, and it is precisely so because it presents its case without being emotionally overwrought or preachy. Does a woman’s appearance define her more than a man’s?