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By Susan Brownmiller

With intelligence and humor, Susan Brownmiller explores the heritage and unstated ideas of the load of “feminine perfection”

What is femininity? How is it measured? What are its calls for? How are ladies intended to decorate, glance, imagine, act, suppose, and be, in keeping with the mores of society?

Susan Brownmiller deals a witty and sometimes pointed critique of the idea that of femininity in modern tradition and all through heritage. She explores the calls for positioned upon ladies to slot a longtime mould, examines girl stereotypes, and celebrates the hard-won advances in women’s way of life and dresses. instantaneously profound, progressive, empowering, and unique, Femininity demanding situations the accredited girl norm whereas appreciating the ladies all through historical past who've courageously damaged freed from its constraints.

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Copyright © 1999 by the University of Oklahoma Press. —World Literature Written in English, v. 15, November, 1976 for “Doris Lessing’s Feminist Plays” by Agate Nesaule Krouse. Copyright © 1976 by WLWE. Reproduced by permission of the publisher and the author. Copyrighted material in Feminism in Literature was reproduced from the following books: Acocella, Joan. From Willa Cather and the Politics of Criticism. University of Nebraska Press, 2000. Copyright © 2000, by Joan Acocella. All rights reserved.

All rights reserved. —Freedman, Estelle B. and Erna Olafson Hellerstein. From an introduction to Victorian Women: A Documentary Account of Women’s Lives in Nineteenth-Century England, France, and the United States. Edited by Erna Olafson Hellerstein, Leslie Parker Hume, and Karen M. Offen. Stanford University Press, 1981. Copyright © 1981 by the Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University. —Frenk, Susan. From “The Wandering Text: Situating the Narratives of Isabel Allende,” in Latin American Women’s Writing: Feminist Readings in Theory and Crisis.

Emecheta, Buchi. ,” in Criticism and Ideology: Second African Writers’ Conference. Edited by Kirsten Holst Petersen. Scandinavian Institute of African Studies, 1988. Copyright © 1988 by Scandinavian Institute of African Studies. All rights reserved. —Ensler, Eve. From The Vagina Monologues: The V-Day Edition. Villard, 2001. Copyright © 1998, 2001 by Eve Ensler. All rights reserved. —Enstad, Nan. From Ladies of Labor, Girls of Adventure: Working Women, Popular Culture, and Labor Politics at the Turn of the Twentieth Century.

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