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The Female Eunuch [Paperback]

Germaine Greer
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1976

A new cover re-issue of the ground-breaking, worldwide bestselling feminist tract.

Re-issued to coincide with Doubleday’s publication of The Whole Woman, the sequel to The Female Eunuch.

Probably the most famous, most widely read book on feminism ever.

First published in 1970, The Female Eunuch is a landmark in the history of the women’s movement.

A searing examination of women’s oppression.

A worldwide bestseller, translated into over 12 languages.



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  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin; First THUS edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586080554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586080559
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A dazzling tract, erudite, outrageous, funny.’
Cosmopolitan

‘Brilliantly written, quirky and sensible, full of bile and insight.’
New York Times

‘A dazzling combination of erudition, eccentricity and eroticism.’
Newsweek

‘Intelligent, funny and beautifully written’
Vogue

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A worldwide bestseller, translated into over twelve languages, ' The Female Eunuch' is a landmark in the history of the women's movement. Drawing liberally from history, literature and popular culture, past and present, Germaine Greer's searing examination of women's oppression is at once an important social commentary and a passionately argued masterpiece of polemic.

"The best feminist book so far . . . a book that knows the distinction between the self and the other, a book that combines the best of masculinity and femininity."
' New York Times'

" The liveliest, most sensible and best book yet on Women's Lib. It has an impressive scholarly thread, but its polemical dash and lusty jokes are constantly entertaining. Required reading."
'Observer'

"An exhilarating, polemical, witty book."
'Guardian'

"A dazzling combination of erudition, eccentricity and eroticism"
'Newsweek'

"brilliantly written, quirky and sensible, full of bile and insight"
'New York Times Book Review'

"Intelligent, funny and beautifully written"
'Vogue'


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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written nearly 40 years ago but still relevant 17 Dec 2009
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This book needs to be read in the context of the time in which it was written - late 1960s - early 1970s. Were things different then? You could be forgiven for thinking that not much has changed today. Yes we have anti sex discrimination laws and equal pay laws but have things changed for the better? More married women work outside the home - some of them in better paid jobs than they did then. Married women are treated as individuals by the tax system - whereas their income was treated as belonging to their husbands back in the 1960s and taxed accordingly. In 1964 it was enshrined in law that married women were entitled to keep amounts left over from the housekeeping money. Divorce was easier than it had been and women were generally awarded custody of children - because they were the ones who brought them up anyway - not much has changed as far as that's concerned today.

Full of shrewd comments on life as lived by women, this is an invigorating read. Greer points out how many men hate women and would do without them if they could. She criticises patriarchal society which assumes men have a monopoly of knowledge and are the only people who have the right answer to every problem. But she does not spare women and there are many comments on how women see themselves as victims when some of the answers to their problems are in their own hands. She deplores the concentration by women on their appearance, clothes and make up and castigates the manufacturers who are peddling impossible dreams at extortionate prices. These chapters apply even more to today's woman with the accessibility of plastic surgery and the desire to resemble a Barbie doll. These themes are echoed even more strongly in Nina Power's book - `One Dimensional Woman' published recently.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book 29 Jan 2014
By Lees
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I've actually been reading this for the past week (a copy from the library) but decided, because it is such an excellent book, to buy my own copy. She wrote this when she was just 30 years old - I only wish that I could have had her insight so young - my whole life would have probably turned a lot easier insofaras as men are concerned. I did actually try and read this book in the 80's but unfortunately was too young to really grasp it.
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44 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passion, Brains and Brilliance... 23 July 2007
Format:Paperback
It's important to remember that this book was written in the 1970s when the workplace didn't look the way that it looks now. Women now may complain that they still don't have equal pay for doing equal jobs - but in the 1970s they didn't even expect equal pay. We didn't have girls doing better in schools than boys - it was a world where women genuinely saw themselves as second class citizens and many had a feeling of inferiority to men that was deeply ingrained. Young women leaving university in 2007 have very little trace of this and are aware that a woman's brain is in many ways and in many subjects better for many jobs than a man's is. It isn't that either is better - they are just different.

Germaine Greer wrote a book that influenced her generation and a stunningly written book it is too. She is erudite and full of passion and, much to my surprise - not really anti men at all. It was the status quo that Greer hated - the two up two down slavery that she saw enslaving women. (Wouldn't it be good to have someone whose job is to keep your house clean, bring up your children, have a meal ready when you get home and 'provide' sex whenever you want it. This book needs to be read in that context.. the alarming thing is that so much of what Greer attacks so brilliantly is still around us today. Despite her warnings - in some areas we have made very little progress.

This is a classic - read it. And you may need a dictionary. I did. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars All young women should read this 18 July 2014
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only reading this now and I am 60 - I recognize/remember a lot of what she discusses and boy, we have come a long way. I think all younger women should read it to get an understanding of lucky most of them now are and how much things have changed. Of course that is not to say all is perfect, but the world that faced me as a young woman is quite different from now. Also, it gave me an appreciation of the benefits I came to enjoy in terms of my own expectations that were hard fought for by women a decade older than me .
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dated and sadly as angry as you might expect. 16 July 2014
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I reread this back in summer 2008 and found it dated, angry and exactly the sort of book to stereotype "angry feminists" by, which is a pity as there is much to commend this work. This isn't a book that presents a balanced argument of the issues, it's one designed to preach to the converted.

Although I am surprised it's not garnered more reviews on here, its supposed to be a seminal work after all. Perhaps that says something in itself.
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28 of 38 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars TERF warning 7 Mar 2013
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I bought this as a few feminists I respect had talked about Greer, said how funny and clever she was. I knew I was in trouble when I didn't even get through the updated foreword without being offended. Her views on gay people and transgender people make me feel deeply uneasy and I would not recommend that anyone with modern sensibilities read this book. I've had it for months now and am still only a few chapters in because I keep putting it down in disgust.

She has some valid points, if you can just get past her transphobia but I regret giving my money to support this hatred.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Food for thought, a book of its times that doesn't age. Well thought out and well written.
Published 22 days ago by Elizabeth Campbell
4.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a Read
This is an historical document now and rather dated. All the same it should be read by anyone with an interest in feminism and the movement generally
Published 1 month ago by Jockanory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A classic
Published 1 month ago by Serendipity
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend
Let the book speak for itself :-)
Published 1 month ago by Jazz
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but over-intellectualised
This is recognised as an important book and one I've wanted to read for some time. Unfortunately, I couldn't get through it as the approach was far more academic than I was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Discerning Reader/Viewer
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic among feminist literature
A staple of the feminist genre of non-fiction, totally important as an insight into the plight of women from a 60s perspective. Excellent.
Published 4 months ago by Miranda M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sadly this book could have been written now and not in the seventies....
This should be issued to everyone in the world. The truth will be revealed even if it takes another 40 years. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ruth
1.0 out of 5 stars The Female Eunich .
is outdated and I personally found it boring and only read half of it before deleting it from my kindle
Published 6 months ago by margaret jarvis
1.0 out of 5 stars Completely sexist trash
I have to say I am not a fan of this book, I got it to try and learn about feminism. Sadly the book is just one big fantasy where women sit on their arse all day and men do all the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Somers
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I read this book two years ago and it made me cry. I finally decided to buy it, and didn't regret it at all. Everyone should read it.
Published 14 months ago by Naomi Anderson Whittaker
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