Femininity With intelligence and humor Susan Brownmiller explores the history and unspoken rules of the burden of feminine perfection What is femininity How is it measured What are its demands How are women mea

  • Title: Femininity
  • Author: Susan Brownmiller
  • ISBN: 9780449901427
  • Page: 319
  • Format: Paperback
  • With intelligence and humor, Susan Brownmiller explores the history and unspoken rules of the burden of feminine perfection What is femininity How is it measured What are its demands How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, and be, according to the s of society Susan Brownmiller offers a witty and often pointed critique of the concept of femininity inWith intelligence and humor, Susan Brownmiller explores the history and unspoken rules of the burden of feminine perfection What is femininity How is it measured What are its demands How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, and be, according to the s of society Susan Brownmiller offers a witty and often pointed critique of the concept of femininity in contemporary culture and throughout history She explores the demands placed upon women to fit an established mold, examines female stereotypes, and celebrates the hard won advances in women s lifestyle and attire At once profound, revolutionary, empowering, and entertaining, Femininity challenges the accepted female norm while appreciating the women throughout history who have courageously broken free of its constraints

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    Disclaimer: ARC read via Netgalley for a fair review. Thank you to Open Road.There is apparently a rule for the Olympics that can require female athletes to prove that they are, in fact, female. There is no corresponding rule for male athletes. This new rule, established prior to the London Olympics I believe, was most likely done because of the success and “controversy” surrounding an African woman who participated in track events. Apparently, her competitors thought she was too manly, read [...]

    If you like lists of cultural mores that are oppressing you, then read this book. 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. If you don't like that, walk on by and leave it in the Little Free Library and just know that all of us have been messed with and are doing the best that we can and everyone should leave us alone to figure it out. Upshot: Girdles will injure your organs. B [...]

    There are many problems with this book: transphobia, stereotyping lesbians and gay men, summarizing of and speaking for all women, racial insensitivity, generalizing and bemoaning all femininities. Excellent points are made as well, sometimes in extremely specific contexts, but strong media literacy skills (the dreaded "critical thinking") are needed in order to process the book as a whole.This is a very important Second Wave tome. I've heard/read many people bemoan Second Wave feminists for dem [...]

    One of the books that brought me to feminism. Maybe a little dated now, but Brownmiller presents the common assumption that aspects of femininity are pre-determined by nature, and proceeds to demolish all of them. Unapologetic and potent.

    I found this book an entertaining and fascinating exploration of the phenomenon, "femininity." I would like to start with the caveat that I just picked up this book in a used book store, so I have no preconceived notions of who the author "is" within activist or feminist circles. For me, this book was exactly what I was looking for. She explores the topic appropriately starting with a chapter entitled "Body", and ending with "Ambition". Each chapter is quite dense with historical references to t [...]

    Femininity is educational while being entertaining, and it is precisely so because it presents its case without being emotionally overwrought or preachy. It veers into neither misogyny nor misandry. Except for a somewhat derisive take on makeup, Brownmiller, for the 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 [...]

    This is a book I had to read for class. It had a lot of interesting points, facts, and reminders. The author expressed her ideas extremely well and was clear and organized.There was an entire history of feminine behavior, be it voluntary or involuntary. 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? These women would be considered too masculine! If women wore pants then they would be accused of being cross-dres [...]

    I whish that when women were speaking of reading “chick - lit” these are the kind of books they were referring to. This book fiercely attacks the beauty standards that women daily and tireless attempt to stand up to. She references the history of why beauty is what it is, such as why light colored smooth skin is the ideal. Not since a Bare Essential infomercial have I been so enthralled with skin! She references people like Darwin, Hans Christian Anderson, and even the book Pride and Prejudi [...]

    Ahh. Maybe like a perfect example of feminists worshipping masculinity and seeing anything associated with femininity worthy of being eternally trashed. Sure, it's rad to discuss the history of womyn's dress codes being enforced by the fucking patriarchy, but do you really need to follow that with moralistic arguments about why nobody would ever want to wear a skirt and all women should only wear pants because they are superior?Also, though there is a passing reference to female-bodied people no [...]

    Somewhat dated but does show where progress has been made and where the struggle continues for women to be who they are as a person who doesn't have to meet some artificial standards that are humanly impossible.

    “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. One could say that masculinity is often an effort to please women, but masculinity is known to please by displays of mastery and competence while femininity pleases by suggesting that these concerns, except in sm [...]

    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. I enjoyed it. Women have a crazy amount of societal expectations placed on them, and she takes a step back and says, "Ummmmwhy exactly am I supposed to keep my legs smooth and speak softly?" She doesn't say don't do these things, but questions why we're "supposed" to do them. She also throws in her [...]

    Yeah, baby, wake up and smell the misogeny!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 opinions), the book's critical analysis of the feminine did make me very aware of different injunctions around me.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. I think feminism is about choices-whether that be [...]

    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. (As an aside, this is the book that taught me, years ago, just exactly what that whole footbinding thing really entailed.) Femininity works best in its first chapters, where Brownmiller has a tighter focus (body/hair/clothes) for her historical explorations. Toward the end, when the categories become [...]

    This was this month's selection for my feminist book club and I loved it! It was written in the 80s but everything in it is (unfortunately) still relevant today. 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.

    Love love love. Jam-packed with very interesting information and perspectives. The writing is just formal enough that it's understandable but sophisticated and not dumbed down. Except for that part where she said "The phantasmagorical specter of the engulfing superbeast". Wow, Susan.

    Required reading for modern feminist theory. Some outdated material on trans women and men. Overall an incredible analysis of the costs to women of femininity.

    I bought off of a discount table. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and the interesting — and significant trivia — it contains, such as where "rule-of-thumb" and "blue blood" come from.

    Undoubtedly an out-of-date book, it sadly still depicts a society that places an emphasis on male definitions of 'femininity' and the need for women to meet its ideals. Broken into sections, the book describes in detail the historical context of 'Body', 'Hair', 'Clothes', 'Voice', 'Skin', 'Movement', 'Emotion', 'Ambition' and how how a woman should deport herself in each of these areas of her life in order to be 'feminine'. It should be read in conjunction with Naomi Wolf's 'The Beauty Myth' as [...]

    A lot of language used in this book was kind of trans-phobic, so I'm rating it down a bit. Also, a lot of interjections about the author's personal style felt a little self-congratulatory. The author's point would have benefited from other women's voices. (I realize it's a little ironic to criticize for the tone, but this book was about performative femininity as a whole and only using the author's own experience was naturally limiting.)This was originally published in the 80's, and so many of t [...]

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