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Disclaimer Ignore this review Greer hates trans people The Female Eunuch is one of the touchstone texts of second wave feminism I ll admit, I m terrified of Germaine Greer She s on telly quite often and my god she scares the shit out of me However, through reading her most famous book I now see that she and I are quite similar We re both very angry and hate a lot of things I adore her humour and incredibly condescending prose, it s quite a refreshing read for a text that was written 45 ye Disclaimer Ignore this review Greer hates trans people The Female Eunuch is one of the touchstone texts of second wave feminism I ll admit, I m terrified of Germaine Greer She s on telly quite often and my god she scares the shit out of me However, through reading her most famous book I now see that she and I are quite similar We re both very angry and hate a lot of things I adore her humour and incredibly condescending prose, it s quite a refreshing read for a text that was written 45 years ago This book basically Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Feminism But Were Afraid to Ask While it is dry at parts, overall the book is enjoyable and informative I would recommend this for anyone who wants to knowabout second wave feminism and feminism as a whole really I adore men, I love my cigarettes and scotch, take pleasure in my womanly curves simultaneously I greatly want women to obtain their freedom of rights Feminism may be an archaic phenomenon in the urban world yet it is still in the nascent form in numerous authoritarian patriarchal configurations and societies plagued with female foeticide This manuscript does justice to such dwellings where women irrespective to their economical standing bear subjugation to various norms of religion and cultu I adore men, I love my cigarettes and scotch, take pleasure in my womanly curves simultaneously I greatly want women to obtain their freedom of rights Feminism may be an archaic phenomenon in the urban world yet it is still in the nascent form in numerous authoritarian patriarchal configurations and societies plagued with female foeticide This manuscript does justice to such dwellings where women irrespective to their economical standing bear subjugation to various norms of religion and cultural obligations.Alas I cannot go through any feminism prose My audacious teenage years and traumatic squabbles with my mother altered me as Simone de Beauvoir of the house And now I am extremely fascinated with Lady Gaga simply for kicks Luckily I read this book after I got married, otherwise I wouldn t have married at all After reading it, I sat down to discuss it with my wife it was immediately after marriage, and I had high hopes that we two could have long intellectual discussions in our life together After I gave her a pr cis of the book, I suggested that she read it.What she suggested I do with the book was not entirely polite.However, I learnt one thing women s freedom consists of NOT choosing to read feminist li Luckily I read this book after I got married, otherwise I wouldn t have married at all After reading it, I sat down to discuss it with my wife it was immediately after marriage, and I had high hopes that we two could have long intellectual discussions in our life together After I gave her a pr cis of the book, I suggested that she read it.What she suggested I do with the book was not entirely polite.However, I learnt one thing women s freedom consists of NOT choosing to read feminist literature too As the new American Healthcare Act comes to light, one thing that strikes many of us is how many pre existing conditions on the list are specific only to women pregnancy, C section, hysterectomy, just to name a few There s also rape and domestic assault which are also pretty specific to women, but I m not naive enough to believe that only women and raped and assaulted It s ridiculous to consider those pre existing conditions in any case, and I would bet good money that the reason for their As the new American Healthcare Act comes to light, one thing that strikes many of us is how many pre existing conditions on the list are specific only to women pregnancy, C section, hysterectomy, just to name a few There s also rape and domestic assault which are also pretty specific to women, but I m not naive enough to believe that only women and raped and assaulted It s ridiculous to consider those pre existing conditions in any case, and I would bet good money that the reason for their inclusion is a group of old white males consider them an issue that only women have to deal with, and it s clear that the GOP has an issue with women.Germaine Greer wrote The Female Eunuch in 1970 It was ground breaking at the time, this woman coming out and saying Hey, everyone, men hate women, and they re making women hate women too Wake up For a lot of modern readers, Greer s raunchy humor and occasional language is hardly ground breaking or even surprising, because we have a whole slew of women writers like that now But it wasn t as common in 1970, and women did start to pay attention in part thanks to Greer s book.Greer discusses the many ways women have been taught to hate themselves This is not as easy as just recognizing this and moving on this is some insidious shit, and it surrounds all of us Men are susceptible too, just so I don t have any men pop to be all But it s so hard to be a man Yes, yes, sure it is, but we re not talking about you right now, so step off.If you watch commercials on TV today, you are still inundated with ads for things that tell men that their women want diamonds in order to feel loved and women often still believe that themselves There are ads for weight loss supplements that are geared towards women They are reminded that as they age, they put on weight, their skin sags, their hair dries and thins out There s a magic fix for everything that happens to women Spoiler It s snake oil, all of it There are commercials for feminine products of a wide variety These commercials have changed over the years, and now we have those that say it s okay to play sports and be active because there s a product that allows you to do those things even while you re on your period, which is still saying that your life cannot be completely while you re on your period, or that you should in some way change the way you live your life while you re on your period Women do not feel comfortable in most places, even when working solely with women taking a tampon out of their bag at work and walking down the hall with it in their hand less so with a maxipad in hand It s a part of life, everyone is aware of it, and yet women feel they need to be somehow subtle about it, they don t want to broadcast they re on their period, it s still an embarrassment.Then there s the topic of taxing of these items.What I m saying is there s a lot still in our media about how women should behave, how we should age, how we should protect ourselves especially when talking about rape or assault we need to watch what we say, watch what we wear, watch where we walk, watch who we talk to, watch how we behave, and on and on and on , how we should dress, how we should talk, how we should live our lives it s still not 100% the norm to choose to not get married or have children When someone is told from day one that they re not good enough the way they are, it has a damaging effect on how a person lives their life, whether they re aware of it or not.Greer talks about a lot of the obvious ways women are told they are not good enough, the one most can relate to, probably, is on Body Very few women I know are truly 100% happy with the way they look, 100% of the time Social media now plays a factor on this, where so many of our friends are training for a marathon and posting pictures of their workouts, and some are too sick physically or mentally to get off the couch most days, and therefore they feel worse about themselves and their physical appearance That s just one example My point is that social media is this place where we go to only talk about how amazing our lives are, and of course it s only a small fraction of our lives, but it s hard not to compare and contrast to one another, that s natural Women, especially, however, are shown constantly on TV and in magazines what a natural woman looks like which is hardly ever actually natural and if we don t look like that, then something must be wrong with us Intellectually we know that filters exist, and PhotoShop, etc., but it s a pervasive issue.Greer also touches on topics of women hating on women, a problem that still exists today Women rarely in Western society pick each other up and work together That s a trend I see whispers of changing in the media, but then I see just as many other instances where that s still not the case And in my own experience, I can tell you all sorts of examples about competitive women instead of supportive women It s something that we re told is innate to being a woman, that women are just naturally catty, but that s one of those lies that has been told to us for so long in history that we just take it at face value It s not actually true It s not in our genes It s been built into the culture over so long a period, but that s something that can change, which starts with each of us.That s Greer s point here We don t have to sit back and let others dictate what it means to be a woman We don t have to let the media choose for us which products we use You know how it s so expensive for women to get their hair cut It s because the salons know that women will pay these exorbitant prices for beauty You ever see in comparison how much a man pays to get their hair cut, even sometimes styled It s a whole lot less because the industry found if they raised prices too much for men, the men wouldn t come in to have their hair cut Women, however, still will, because we re reminded that if our hair doesn t look nice, then we look awful, and soon it s a personality flaw It s a sick, sick cycle.There are a lot of people who also don t believe any of this exists They invalidate the experiences of others It s easy for people to say Women are being hysterical, none of this actually happens Also of note hysterical was originally defined as a neurotic condition found in women and was thought to be caused by a problem with their uterus That s an important thing to keep in mind, especially when looking at the new healthcare pre existing conditions list People of color have an even harder time with invalidation by people of privilege because so often non POCs want to be all I don t recognize color, I m colorblind which is just a fancy way of saying I m going to pretend like there s no social issue here whatsoever This is a mess of a review, but I m angry Greer was angry when she wrote this book Occasionally throughout her book she seems too angry , which is another way we like to invalidate something someone says I found myself having trouble following her words at times because her anger was so apparent and so seemingly over the top that finally I was like If she wasn t so angry, maybe her point would come across better That s unfair Greer is allowed to be angry, and quite honestly we should all still be angry, especially in light of our current administration and these acts of hate against women.I d like to say that so much has changed since 1970 when this book was first published It would great to be able to say that none of Greer s original thesis is still applicable today But it is, sadly So her point is that it s up to each of us to make things better She calls for a revolution, wants to know what each of us will do And that s exactly the right question to ask It s a relevant question to ask today Some of us have been working towards that goal for a while, and what happened in Washington, DC and across the world on Inauguration Day in January was the first step in which a lot of other people started to wake up and take a stand Everything that has happened in the past few months has contributed, though maybe not on the same scale as the Women s March in January But not everything has to be on the same large scale to make a statement It s also up to us to listen Brilliant This book should be required reading for everyone, not just women. This book was fascinating and made me rethink being a woman It deals with the suppression of the female intellect, identity, and psychological development My soon to be husband was NOT happy I read this I really reacted to what I was reading I simmered down eventually. Greer cuts through our absurdly patriarchal fantasies of romantic love, diagnosing the misery and anxiety they cause, and draws a picture of the female stereotype as castrated a passive receptacle for male sexuality She also implicates capitalism in shaping and reinforcing patriarchy, with some great passages on the history of women in work The book is also highly readable, non technical and funny.I ve recently found out that Greer s later work is explicitly cissexist and transphobic, so I m Greer cuts through our absurdly patriarchal fantasies of romantic love, diagnosing the misery and anxiety they cause, and draws a picture of the female stereotype as castrated a passive receptacle for male sexuality She also implicates capitalism in shaping and reinforcing patriarchy, with some great passages on the history of women in work The book is also highly readable, non technical and funny.I ve recently found out that Greer s later work is explicitly cissexist and transphobic, so I m not reading her any I picked up this book not only because of it s historical significance but because a friend mad a blog post about it while having not read it basically saying Greer was an self important idiot and I really hate ignorance.Reading this book as a feminist in 2010 there are things about it I don t agree with I definetley have problems with the blatant transphobia which is a theme through Greer s writings, and she has a rather patchy idea about homosexuality Some of the things she talks abuot are o I picked up this book not only because of it s historical significance but because a friend mad a blog post about it while having not read it basically saying Greer was an self important idiot and I really hate ignorance.Reading this book as a feminist in 2010 there are things about it I don t agree with I definetley have problems with the blatant transphobia which is a theme through Greer s writings, and she has a rather patchy idea about homosexuality Some of the things she talks abuot are outdated or becoming so which is touching in a way as it means we re making progress but many of them are still cuttingly relevant today Young girls still grow up dreaming of romance and magical kisses while boys are taught to fuck Women are still penalised in marriage and children are still forced inwards in a nuclear family.This is a powerful book At times too powerful Greer also at time inadvertently makes me laugh by criticising accademic feminism in a highly accademic book and criticising the classism in feminism which dealing mainly with middle class issues.Maybe one of the most interesting things I got from reading this book is a view of hoiw feminism itself has changed Feminism today is muchaccessible, both in it s texts and in the way it operates, and we are started to acnowledge a lotintersection which I think can only be a good thing Greer quotes an argument that isms such as racism and classism are unimportant and can not be solved until we solve racism but the truth of the matter is these things are all intimatley linked, something that the feminist movement is slowly starting to admit and the faster we get round to it and embrace it the better {FREE E-PUB} ⛈ The Female Eunuch ⚣ The clarion call to change that galvanized a generation When Germaine Greer s The Female Eunuch was first published it created a shock wave of recognition in women, one that could be felt around the world It went on to become an international bestseller, translated into than twelve languages, and a landmark in the history of the women s movement Positing that sexual liberation is the key to women s liberation, Greer looks at the inherent and unalterable biological differences between men and women as well as at the profound psychological differences that result from social conditioning Drawing on history, literature, biology, and popular culture, Greer s searing examination of women s oppression is a vital, passionately argued social commentary that is both an important historical record of where we ve been and a shockingly relevant treatise on what still remains to be achieved I bought this book a long time ago, when I was living abroad and I had my first contact with feminism I saw a gender studies shelf on a bookstore for the first time, and I went ahead and bought the works of the people I had heard of before One of them was Germaine Greer.Apparently she s always been a controversial figure, probablyso today that social media has amplified her views I m being euphemistic she s a repulsive attention seeking troll who clearly takes pleasure in making inf I bought this book a long time ago, when I was living abroad and I had my first contact with feminism I saw a gender studies shelf on a bookstore for the first time, and I went ahead and bought the works of the people I had heard of before One of them was Germaine Greer.Apparently she s always been a controversial figure, probablyso today that social media has amplified her views I m being euphemistic she s a repulsive attention seeking troll who clearly takes pleasure in making inflammatory comments and generating outrage I did not know any of this when I bought The Female Eunuch.As it happens, this book has been languishing at the bottom of my to read list ever since, while I have gone on to read several amazing feminist books, old and new, which shaped me as a woman and changed my life and outlook for the better.And now I picked this up because I m cleaning out my bookshelves and going through my unread books to see if I want to keep them I am glad I only opened it after having been exposed to so many other feminist works both good and bad and could have ainformed opinion on its contents I wonder if, had I picked it up at age 18, without knowing the first thing about feminism, I might have accepted some of its bullshit, or even been turned off of feminism entirely.Now, on reading it, I instantly recognized The Female Eunuch for the trash that it is, and suitably disposed of it It is dated, elitist, racist, homophobic, and has lots of pseudo scientific or straight up hippie bs in it It s also pretty damn misogynistic In short it s a no from me.If you re still curious about this book, you could always google Greer and read about her defending female genital mutilation and child marriage, standing up for the fundamentalists who wanted to kill Salman Rushdie and the ones who wanted to burn Monica Ali s book, shitting on Meghan Markle, blaming victims of sexual assault and rape I could go on If that sounds appealing to you, then you ll love this book I personally think that this is just not someone I or anyone should be learning feminist ideas from Germaine Greer is better off ignored and forgotten