The Whole Woman Paperback – 1 Feb 2007
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For women born in the immediate post-war period there were the years BG and AG--"before Greer" and "after Greer". It's all too easy to underestimate it's influence, but the fact is that in 1970 every self-respecting woman on the Left owned a copy of The Female Eunuch. Greer's book broke the ground that women of today stand on--her unique stance combined outrageous humour and assertiveness to lead the way forward for women who wanted to take control of their lives.
Thirty years later in The Whole Woman, Greer is ready to get angry again. Picking up where she left off, she analyses the invasive ways in which the health industry persuades women into having their bodies and reproductive systems "managed". Greer lays out the facts about the high failure rate and devastating side effects of in vitro fertilisation, and the incongruence between the "success" of breast implants in achieving the "perfect" mammary to please men and the continuing failures in detecting and treating increasingly prevalent breast cancer.
Greer's polemic has the confident virtuosity of wit and maturity. Celebrating women's successes, The Whole Woman is a more positive book than The Female Eunuch. Yet again, Greer has put her head above parapets others still fear to scale, and looked into the realities of the present as well as the possibilities for the future for the whole of women's lives. --Lisa Jardine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Into the pale politeness of post-feminism, Greer has thrown a polemical bomb . . . Greer's acid anger comes as a surprising reminder of what the point of a feminist book was meant to be. It is funny, unforgiving, unapologetic, unappeasing." (Decca Aitkenhead Guardian)
"Don't underestimate this book. Its power, like that of The Female Eunuch, lies in the virtuosity and wit of its questions. Its capacity will force us to stop and think." (Lisa Jardine Observer)
"Three cheers for Greer . . . She makes every other feminist writer look like pallid fast food, devoid of vitamins and roughage." (Lesley Garner Evening Standard)
"This is a serious book which it is impossible to be neutral about." (Gemma Hussey Irish Independent)
"Reading The Whole Woman has been a mega-vitamin shot. I feel rearmed, revitalised." (Cath Kenneally The Australian)
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"You've come a long way baby!" Remember the cigarette ad from the 70s? To hear Germaine Greer tell it we haven't, unless progress is having won the right to smoke thin cigarettes in public and take our chemotherapy like a man.
Since writing The Female Eunuch, Dr. Greer is still angry after these thirty-two years--with good reason. In The Whole Woman, Greer carefully and wittily lays out excruciating truths. Women still earn 60% of a man's salary and shoulder most of the household tasks including child rearing. When fathers abscond it's the single impoverished mothers who bear the blame for rearing the maladapted children that contribute to the ills of society.
Greer also states that the incidence of rape, sexual harassment and domestic violence is much higher than it was thirty years ago. In all cultures, women (especially when pregnant) continue to be insulted, threatened, molested, beaten, raped and murdered by men with impunity.
So just how far have we come? Are the starved, hobbled, high-heeled, battered celebrity babes with their lifted faces, tucked tummies and liposuctioned hips our new role models? Has boob inflation replaced bra burning as the symbol of liberation?
Erudite, witty and unapologetic The Whole Woman is better than a shot of HRT. Read it and weep.
The goals that feminism set out to achieve have not yet been realised. In "The Whole Woman", Greer forces readers to face up to this fact with a venom and passion that cannot fail to inspire. You may not agree with all her arguments, but there is no avoiding the fact that Greer will force you to examine your stance on feminism and equality.
I know many women my age (27)who cannot bear the word feminism and its connotations. To them I can only say one thing: sit up and take notice. This book ought to change your life.
Ms Greer has an approachable style that isn't laden with the usual academic jargon and that covers topics in an easily accessible manner ensuring you spend less time trying to understand what she is trying to say (like some feminist books) and more time thinking about the subject matter.
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Feminist is a very commonly used word, with many different connotations, sometimes an insult, sometimes a declaration of personal identity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarah Burke
A true feminist classic, bought for my daughters 18th birthday to set her off on the right road towards equalityPublished 4 months ago by Betty Moogle
I loved this book and personally think it should be provided in schools to teenage girls, every woman should read this book..Published 8 months ago by Victoria42
Having read and unconditionally loved "The female eunuch", i was deeply curious to see what Ms. Greer had made of the mores of a more modern era. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mael Dujardin
I love Greer's feminism, but it's very dismaying that her rather determinist idea of femininity excludes the trans community, whom she simply and unsubtly denigrates as liars and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by D. M. Purkiss
Every morning, after having read Greer's thought on what it's like to be a woman... I thank God I'm a man. She makes being a woman sound like a disease. Read morePublished 21 months ago by steven daniel kelly
If you like what Germaine Greer has to say than buy it - if you dont' - then don't. Its very good book and several £'s cheaper than say WH SmithsPublished on 19 April 2014 by Lees