The Whole Woman by Germaine Greer

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Thirty years after the publication of The Female Eunuch, Germaine Greer is back with the sequel she vowed never to write.

"A marvelous performance--. No feminist writer can match her for eloquence or energy; none makes [us] laugh the way she does."--The Washington Post

In this thoroughly engaging new book, the fervent, rollicking, straight-shooting Greer, is, as ever, "the ultimate agent provocateur" (Mirabella).  With passionate rhetoric, outrageous humor, and the authority of a lifetime of thought and observation, she trains a sharp eye on the issues women face at the turn of the century.

From the workplace to the kitchen, from the supermarket to the bedroom, Greer exposes the innumerable forms of insidious discrimination and exploitation that continue to plague women around the globe.  She mordantly attacks "lifestyle feminists" who blithely believe they can have it all, and argues for a fuller, more organic idea of womanhood.  Whether it's liposuction or abortion, Barbie or Lady Diana, housework or sex work, Greer always has an opinion, and as one of the most brilliant, glamorous, and dynamic feminists of all time, her opinions matter.  For anyone interested in the future of womanhood, The Whole Woman is a must-read.


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About Germaine Greer

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Germaine Greer's books include The Female Eunuch; The Obstacle Race; Sex and Destiny; The Madwoman's Underclothes; Daddy, We Hardly Knew You; The Change; and Slip-Shod Sibyls. She is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at Warwick University, England.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published April 15, 2009 by Anchor. 386 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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She discusses motherhood as a “genuine career option,” incest, single women (“no sex is better than bad sex”) plus fear and loathing, rearguing a much-discussed line from The Female Eunuch: “Women have very little idea of how much men hate them.” In fact, she predicts, the second wave of feminism...

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The blithe spirit of The Female Eunuch--a tart, irreverent feminist screed that crackled across the Western world in 1971--has given way to the surprisingly curmudgeonly temperament of Greer's latest effort, with its dim view of humanity and our capacity to change.

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In most cases where people of both sexes (genders?) could be seen as negatively affected, Greer somehow assumes that everything that men do and have done to them happens because they - surely - must like it, while things that happen to women are imposed on them from outside.

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