Women's Studies

A Room of One's Own
A Room of One's Own

Review: Lovely book from an era when feminists were ladies first. Virginia Woolf had such a way of capturing the luxurious elegance of upper class English life before and after World War One. All the feminists she ever knew were ladies. (Not like that horrible American Emma Goldman.) Nobody worries about stuff like finding a job, being able to afford decent medical care, or living in a dangerous neighborhood. So delightfully aristocratic! Of course there were probably hundreds of thousands of English wo... Read more

My Life in Middlemarch
My Life in Middlemarch

Review: I found “My Life in Middlemarch“ to be an unusual blend of memoir and literature. Eliot’s “Middlemarch” is fondly remembered by Mead with a focus on how it impacted her at different times in her life as she reread it over the years. When she was a young girl aspiring to an elite English education coming from a working class background it represented hope for the future, a different way of being, and unknown adult world. As an unmarried woman searching for love it provided various ways of finding... Read more

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Review: I listened to the Fresh Air podcast about this book (titled after the book itself) and loved hearing about this largely unknown aspect of Wonder Woman. Shortly after I decided to find a full book because I wanted to learn even more. The writing style of this book was so horrible that I didn't make it more than 3% before giving up. Save your money and listen to the free podcast featuring the author rather than wasting money here. Sentences felt poorly constructed and awkward. I couldn't even foll... Read more

My Life on the Road
My Life on the Road

Review: Gloria Steinem writes about different kinds of travel with her usual gentle humor and carefully crafted chapters. She introduces the reader to friends she has made along the way, showing her love and admiration for them. But most importantly, like any successful organizer she teaches through memorable stories of her family and of many others from whom she has learned the importance of balance in life. Read more

or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Dear Ijeawele
or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Dear Ijeawele

Review: This is a great and super efficient read. As much about human decency, dignity and general equality as it is about feminism specifically. I would recommend for all ages, ethnic groups and backgrounds. Read more

Sex Object: A Memoir
Sex Object: A Memoir

Review: Currently the top negative review states, "She start [sic] off as if her problems are the problems of all women."
As a reminder to this critic, the book is titled "Sex Object: A MEMOIR." This is one woman's life, although I can imagine a commonality to the very troubling issues discussed herein; I am a man, so will only ever know of most such issues through secondhand accounts. As at least half of my friends and colleagues are women, this book is not so eye-opening and confrontational to me a... Read more

How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths
How Women Can Transform Their Relationship with Food Through Myths

Review: This book may be pretty good but it was not exactly what I thought it would be. It is more about anorexia and bullemia than overeating. I really haven't gotten into it enough to give it a great review, so I was a bit disappointed. Read more

The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)
The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

Review: I purchased this book for my 15 year old daughter but read it first. Wow this book is an important read. Despite the fact it is about women's experience I feel the topic has relevance for a much wider modern audience who are struggling with identity and manipulation in this corporate based society. I am so glad I have armed my daughter with this book and its advice Read more

How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women - The Beauty Myth
How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women - The Beauty Myth

Review: In the preface, Wolf states:
"A related fallacy is that The Beauty Myth objects categorically to images of glamour and beauty in mass culture. Absolutely not. If the icon of the anorexic fashion model were one flat image out of a full spectrum in which young girls could find a thousand wild and tantalizing visions of possible futures, that icon would not have the power to hurt them; fashion and beauty scenarios would be yet another source of the infinite pleasure of the intrigues of life in t... Read more

The Second Sex
The Second Sex

Review: I ordered this book for a class, choosing the same edition as all students were expected to read. Unfortunately, what arrived was not only a completely different edition with different page numbers and commentaries, but it was a completely different translation. Read more

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