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The Tao of Women [Paperback]

Pamela K. Metz , Jacqueline L. Tobin
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1 Aug 1996
For centuries women have remained quiet, suppressed by society. Yet in their silence a singing can be heard, celebrating their truths. In The Tao of Women, female voices speak out. Finally, the wisdom of Taoist philosophy is linked with the deep and mysterious wisdom of women.

The Tao of Women captures and presents the power and wisdom generated by centuries of women's lives with the hope that this wisdom will not be lost. These brief and poignant meditations amplify the voices of our grandmothers and their mothers before them, they illuminate the connections over time and space and culture, allowing us to understand the women who came before and the daughters who will follow.

In 1950, a secret language was discovered near Hunan Province, China. It was not until 1982 that anyone collected and translated this secret "women's script." Known as Nu Shu, this ancient language was developed and used by women to communicate with each other when their society would not allow them to learn to read and write. For the first time in America, 81 original Nu Shu illustrations and their translations can be seen in The Tao of Women.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Element Books; New edition edition (1 Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852308931
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852308933
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,400,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars The best bits are the blank spaces. 12 Jan 2010
I am willing to bet good money that the product description here is misleading/confusing to many people thinking of buying this book.

'The Tao of Women' comprises a collection of 81 seemingly newly-minted verses penned by Pamela Metz and Jacqueline Tobin. Each verse is tied to a nu-shu character and the English translation of that character is given, however the verse accompanying these is a new work. I am pretty sure this is the case because some of the verses reference things which would not have been widely known about (if at all) in China at the time they were written e.g greco-roman mythology in v.35. To give them credit, the authors make clear in the introduction that the nu-shu stuff only arrived about half way through them writing the book and the bibliography references a wide variety of feminist and taoist books which would hardly have been required if this had been a simple translation of Chinese literature.

That aside, the book feels as if the contents had been built on uneasy foundations. I cannot expect it to speak to me in the way that the Tao Te Ching spoke to me, but much of what is written here comes across as contrived and patronizing; I felt it failed to recognize the diversity of issues which have always faced women and concentrated too much on parenthood which is in no way just a female 'problem'. Other relationships (romantic or familial) were never really dealt with; the main focus is on rather general 'advice' for the journey of life. Each double page spread has a verse on one side and a blank space for your own thoughts on the other. I resisted the urge to scrawl 'hackneyed tripe' in them all.

Throughout the book women are encouraged to be submissive and 'gentle', even in response to discrimination.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for meditation 23 Mar 2012
By Dgadyt
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I offered the book to my gal, so she can meditate a bit about life. I was surprised but indeed the book gave her nice advices. :) For the male user point of view, it is always nice to get some info so we know what they need :)
The book will not tell you to do things in order achieve something. Meditation and thinking is needed
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Jewel 7 Feb 2007
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A wonderful work for women seeking a way to nourish their self confidence. Beautiful short length verses on every other page and nicely illustrated (black and white). Opposite page of verses has a blank space for you to write your own thoughts down. The Nu-Shu characters are large and easy on the eyes. Only disappointment is the whole Nu-Shu alphabet is NOT offered anywhere in the book.
3.0 out of 5 stars Womanly Wisdom 23 Feb 2014
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Bit disappointed that the language wasnt fully detailed or explained. Simply a book on poetry with a smattering of NuShu
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