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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; First Printing edition (1 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449908534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449908532
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By minty on 27 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
To call it a masterpiece would not be short of the truth. This book is far more than a polemic about the menopause. I suppose what surprised me most about it is the writing's beautiful undercurrent and general context - its celebration of literature, life and of course women, no doubt gleaned from Greer's full and intelligent life. Also, of course its great intelligence, its compassion and of course Greer's usual original insight. Greer has a strong connection with literature, and some of her references here are wonderful. The insights she offers into women's life are deep, and told with great insight and warmth and often fabulous, sometimes highly droll, humour!

I feel greatly indebted and thankful that Germaine Greer has written this, and often refer to it: not just as writing on the menopause, but as a work of art and insight and reference, as well as wonderful writing, in and of itself.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kerri FitzGerald on 8 Sept. 2004
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I welcomed the depth with which the core issues of the menopause were addressed in this book. Greer doesn't mince words and is in strident feminist form, abhoring the role that western woman plays in order to gratify western man. She brings us to the grief that is part of our journey towards old age, to look at what we want for ourselves at this time and to the vision of wisdom and serenity that is every woman's birthright.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Jenner on 23 May 2011
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Germaine Greer possesses a formidable ability to assemble a dazzling array of facts and trenchant opinions in every paragraph. There is much here that's invaluable. But where I have to part company with Professor Greer is in her view of post-menopausal sex. Although the book was published when she was herself just over the age of 50, she seemed to feel that, for a post-menopausal woman, sex with a similarly-aged man is something to be endured rather than enjoyed. `Some women,' she wrote, `the lucky ones, I shall argue, lose interest in sex after menopause.' As someone (albeit a man) who writes about and lectures on `Sex For Boomers' as well as `Tantric Sex' I have interviewed scores of post-menopausal women and the vast majority have told me they still enjoy sex and fully intend to carry on enjoying it. I also write from personal experience, being 61 with a partner just a little younger. For women who experience some dryness, the first resort is not HRT, which Professor Greer is critical of, but artificial lubricant. There's nothing to object to in that. It's cheap and nowadays widely available on the internet as well as in chemists and sex shops. Older couples should use it as a matter of routine - out of the various kinds and viscosities there is something to suit everyone. Older women - and men - should also work on their PC muscles. They certainly shouldn't, in my opinion, simply embrace old age, as Professor Greer seems to recommend. Fight, fight, fight. There's no reason that, with a bit of luck, women who do fight on shouldn't enjoy sex well into their seventies. Germaine Greer is a touch anti-men but I think many of her observations are anti-women, too.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Green on 31 Jan. 2009
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Althought this is now a fairly old title, it's still a great read to help you come to terms with the psychological, physical and social aspects of the menopause.
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By Doreen O'Byrne on 6 Mar. 2013
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Greer brings a broader perspective to our understanding of this time in a woman's life which is much needed given the often limited understanding offered by the medical model of care.
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