Reading Women

Reading Women

How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life

eBook - 2011
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A spirited guide to the classics of feminism, examining how well the canon holds up to the realities of marriage and motherhood.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, 2011
ISBN: 9781586488765
1586488767
Characteristics: 1 online resource (289 p.)

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Eosos
Apr 01, 2018

I liked this book far more than I was expecting too.

It was interesting to read about how this wife and mother was trying to fit the ideals of her early feminist thoughts into the life she ended up having. How those tropes she'd believed in so much didn't seem so easy to follow or to fit within the framework of her marriage and motherhood.

Usually when I come across a story about a life I don't have, I don't end up being able to understand the angst. But even though I am not a mother or a wife, I completely get her questions and thoughts. Like, how did it end up like this? and how did I end up like this? This wasn't what I thought it would be like and wasn't what I thought I would do....

And for those who really believe that it is necessary to change the social structure to see those changes. And then end up with a life far more traditional than expected. It's hard to reconcile. I got that.

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hgibbins
May 14, 2017

A very good read, that both answers and instigates a lot of questions.

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