- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: Paladin; First THUS edition (1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0586080554
- ISBN-13: 978-0586080559
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 x 2.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,520 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Female Eunuch Paperback – 1 Jan 1976
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‘A dazzling tract, erudite, outrageous, funny.’
‘Brilliantly written, quirky and sensible, full of bile and insight.’
New York Times
‘A dazzling combination of erudition, eccentricity and eroticism.’
‘Intelligent, funny and beautifully written’
From the Back Cover
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."
"An exhilarating, polemical, witty book."
"A dazzling combination of erudition, eccentricity and eroticism"
"brilliantly written, quirky and sensible, full of bile and insight"
'New York Times Book Review'
"Intelligent, funny and beautifully written"
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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. :-)
Her chapter in 'The Female Eunuch' on 'Sex' is a sheer joy and pleasure to read ... of course we do now know that female ejaculation is not a myth albeit this discovery is still even in the 21st century open to the odd modesty and curious schizophrenia society, even a hyper sexualised society, enforces, almost without thought, upon the female sexual experience.
A book any contemporary feminist or budding feminist should read with an open mind, critical thought and a sense of humour as Greer's infectious writing sweeps over the reader and fills them with joy, disgust, outrage and again with humour.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seems ridiculous to write a review on a book like this, but it's though provoking, still controversial and not very well written. Read morePublished 2 months ago by enzo
It is hard not to like this book, although it is now quite dated. It has a charm that is more than just period charm. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Tufnell Paul
I am a woman and thought I would finally get round to reading this famous book that may have changed our lives for the better. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Abbie Naiad
good, but bear in mind this was written in 1970 which is a long time agoPublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Not my kind of feminism, to be honest. It was really judgemental, and honestly the unrepentant transphobia made me sick. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Lorna
Not worth the fuss. Standard feminist straw (wo)man arguments like "Why do men force us to make our breast look in unnatural shapes?"
(Most) Men don't. Read more