The Whole Woman

The Whole Woman For women born in the immediate postwar period there were the years BG and AG before Greer and after Greer It s all too easy to underestimate its influence but the fact is that in every self re

  • Title: The Whole Woman
  • Author: Germaine Greer
  • ISBN: 9781862300576
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • For women born in the immediate postwar period, there were the years BG and AG before Greer and after Greer It s all too easy to underestimate its influence, but the fact is that in 1970 every self respecting woman on the Left owned a copy of The Female Eunuch Thirty years later, Germaine Greer is ready to get angry again In The Whole Woman, she analyzes, among othFor women born in the immediate postwar period, there were the years BG and AG before Greer and after Greer It s all too easy to underestimate its influence, but the fact is that in 1970 every self respecting woman on the Left owned a copy of The Female Eunuch Thirty years later, Germaine Greer is ready to get angry again In The Whole Woman, she analyzes, among other issues, the invasive ways in which the health industry persuades women to have their bodies and reproductive systems managed Greer lays out the facts about the high failure rate and devastating side effects of in vitro fertilization 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 positive book than The Female Eunuch Her unique combination of outrageous humor and assertiveness continues to lead the way forward for women who want to take control of their lives Lisa Jardine,

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    1. After reading this book, I strongly believe that every woman should also attempt to read Greer’s second feminist tome. The book is thought-provoking, shocking, and caused me a lot of personal anger at the insensitivity and inequality that women are still subjected to. Much like a religious doctrine there are a multitude of Greer’s arguments that appear not be practical, or in the best interests of women; however, I would class most of her arguments as extremely relative to the female cause a [...]

    2. I really enjoyed carrying this one around in my "external womb" (ie my purse). The Whole Woman is the “sequel” to the The Female Eunoch, written over thirty years ago. In it, Germaine Greer comments on the state of today’s feminism and rallies third wave feminists to the cause of Women’s Liberation. Greer believes there is a major distinction to be made between liberation and equality. To accept equality as the endpoint is to take “the male status quo as the condition to which women as [...]

    3. First of all, I’m afraid I have to disagree with most reviewers saying that they have problems with the book and/or Germaine Greer herself because of her angry tone. I don’t think that an attitude such as Greer’s is necessarily unhelpful, disempowering, or anything else that people have named, and I don’t think that her anger is making her points and/or arguments invalid or at least worth less.However, my problem with Whole Woman is the fact that most of Greer’s arguments are invalid, [...]

    4. I wanted to like this, because I secretly identify more with second-wave than third-wave feminists. But I found this very disappointing on the whole. Her arguments ramble and are poorly supported; most of the chapters are filled with weak (but somewhat wild and universally applicable) conjectures based on one example she heard about in a British newspaper. I like and agree with one of her central assertions, that feminists should be focused on liberation instead of equality, and I wish the book [...]

    5. This book was important to me when I was a teenager and didn't know anything, and she's fairly spot on about male violence. On the other hand, her dedication to spewing vitriol at some of the worlds most marginalised women - transgender women and sex workers - is horrific. "A drug addicted prostitute is the least free person in the world" yikes, Germaine! If all transactional sex is rape as she claims then it makes no difference if a client is respectful of their boundaries and pays the agreed u [...]

    6. I couldn't finish this - Germaine Greer is a posh version of those angry women who button-hole you and start ranting on about what a dreadful mess the council/the management/the government are making of things. 'It's terrible. Someone should do something.' It's always other people who are getting it wrong! She swings from topic to topic making tight, angry, sweeping statements. This book is not really about what she says she's writing about. It's about how angry GG is.I don't think this attitude [...]

    7. Not sure I'd say I liked it. An interesting read though rather depressing I thought. The main thrust seemed to be men really hate women, women hate men, a woman's worst enemy is a man and her second worst enemy is a woman. Sometimes I think Greer has some insightful things to say and other times I shudder at the things she says. Taste my own period blood? Urgh! No thanks. I don't see how that would empower me as a woman. Overall I'd say a bleak but fascinating read.

    8. Interesting essays about many aspects of womanhood / a woman's life. A bit dated, because the book was published at the beginning of the 2000s and so the author states statistics and numbers from the late 90s - but that does not matter that much, because I think that many problems women are facing are still present nowadays and unfortunately far from solved.

    9. Oh boy how we change over the years. I read this about five years ago and hardly agreed with what I wrote then. I'm not sure whether to leave my rating as a 4 or to remove it but I'm leaving it for now.All I can say now is, it's such a pity you're such a transphobic arsehole, Greer.

    10. A friend in my archaology lecture at the University of Edinburgh had me go along with her to a reading of it. It introduced me to feminism.

    11. An overall interesting read with some fascinating points which made me think a lot about life as a woman. I found some of Greer's opinions didn't sit well with me and made me feel almost depressed thinking that her world view (men hate women and women should hate men) might be accurate. I don't think it is though, it hasn't been in my experience so far and I'll continue to hope that men and women are more alike than we realise.

    12. This book by Germaine Greer was published in 1999, but is still pertinent. I may not agree with her every statement, but I applaud Greer's fearlessness and intelligent approach to a range of difficult topics - and there are many of her statements that I do agree with. I'm not going to write an essay on feminism here, but I am in sympathy with Greer's call for liberation from patriarchy - we should be putting into practice ways of living that are caring of all and inclusive.

    13. This is a belated sequel to the classic Female Eunuch, covering much that the first didn't manage. While Eunuch was an eye opener for many housewives and working women it was a little thin on the ground for subjects outside of the oppression of suburbia and its general sexual and intellectual repression of women. This one goes into depth on other, less widely written about, subjects relating to female liberation.Although highly readable, this is Greer at her fieriest and most incisively critical [...]

    14. Germaine Greer. Oh Germaine Greer. Please stop writing about trans people. People listen to you, and it just makes it harder for everybody. "Pantomime Dames" is possibly the most uncomfortable thing I've read in a while. Fucking yikes.

    15. One of the few books I haven't finished this year and, oddly, not for lack of enjoyment. Greer is an excellent and engaging writer and despite this being a non-fiction piece the pages just flew past with a great mix of anecdotes and arguments. I also enjoyed the way this book was divided up: each little topic only increased its readability.So why was it a DNF?One standout problem: Greer makes massive, blanket statements with no references. She also alludes to academic studies, but never mentions [...]

    16. I must admit I find the level of tension with reading such an angry voice difficult. I only survived this volume by skimming, finding a few humorous pieces, then hunkering down to the topics which most interested me. I guess I just don't get the need to define everything in life by 'the great gender divide'. There are times when issues do need to be presented from a particular viewpoint to bring out elements which are too easily overlooked or made little of when too generalised. But personally I [...]

    17. There is no-one who gets to the heart of the matter so succinctly as Germaine Greer. This is a polemic of towering anger and frustration that the battle for female equality has not only stalled, but is stagnating. We seem to be fighting the same battles all over again, having appeared to have been victorious in the first place! I am no longer in the workplace, but the message seems to be that we can only be accepted on equal terms in a masculine environment provided we adhere to their rules. Jus [...]

    18. It's a polemic. Take it for what it is."The Female Eunuch" shook up feminism in 1970, and ever since, readers have asked Greer for a follow-up. She resisted, thinking that it would be better if a thinker from the next generation would assume the mantle and write a manifesto for liberation. Since no such work emerged, she wrote this book, in which she assesses women's rights and cultural attitudes towards women, and shows how they've stagnated, changed, or emerged in the 80s and 90s, looking ahea [...]

    19. Biased, blustering, educational, witty and angry. Greer's exploration of just how what'women's liberation' has achieved is eye-opening. Permanently cynical Greer finds plenty of problems seems to have trouble getting behind any solutions, even ones she espoused decades ago.However, it is well researched and, as an educated gen Y woman many of the statistics and ideals will stay with me for a long time. It's opened my eyes even further to the accepted inequalities of gender, and to the idea that [...]

    20. This book is more than 10 years old, so some things have changed, whether for better or worse, difficult to say, probably both. Sometimes I did wonder what Germaine Greer was trying to say. Clearly one of her aims was to make the reader think, but there were times when I was wanting her to state clearly what she thought on the matter. But maybe she was being deliberately ambiguous regards to what she thinks, not wanting to impose her point of view on the reader. Let the reader make her/his own m [...]

    21. The sequel to The Female Eunuch, forty-some years later. Greer takes stock which points have improved since the first book, and which have not. Consequently, an extremely frustrating read. There are also many new areas which are covered, so the book is more than simply a re-hash of The Female Eunuch. Also, the writing style is much more easily readable, and not as condensed and academic as The Female Eunuch.

    22. This book definitely gave me a lot to think about, both while I was reading it and later on. I sometimes found points with which I could agree, while other times I often found statements that I found reaching or flat out opposite my thinking, both of which made me think more about my own thoughts.An interesting book, but not one I'm sure I would say I enjoyed or that I can see others enjoying; it's more a book to broaden one's own perspective and thoughts.

    23. This is so absurd, it must be fiction. I'm all for feminism and protecting women, and opening our eyes to the misogyny/anti-feminism that peppers society - but somehow I seriously doubt that the entire world is simply a tool with which to abuse, rape, and torture women. I think it was Greer's claim that women are literally being forced to have C-sections in order to maintain their figure and take away the birth experience that finally made me go, "Okay, WTF?!"

    24. This book has sat on my selves for about 10 years until I finally decided to tackle it. And discovered it wasn't that hard to read after all. It's very big and that's what put me off, but it's mostly easy to read as it's presented in lots (30+?) of chapters on different topics.I agreed with quite a lot of what she has to say, disagreed with other points of view. But that doesn't detract from what she says, and the state of society.It's worth a read.

    25. Greer says in the opening pages of this book that she has no special authority to speak on behalf of women. But with her ferocity and arsenal of uncompromising rhetoric, I'm sure there's plenty who are happy she does. I found more to relate to in here than in 'The Female Eunuch'.

    26. Germaine Greer is basically the shit. Everyone should read this, even the dudes, although they will probably have to be dragged through it kicking and screaming at the thought of actually confronting the realities of Western culture.As for me, I don't know if all of her statistics were accurate, but it was an edifying analysis of my life nevertheless.

    27. I read the first few chapters and was annoyed at how lazily written this book is. Within each chapter, she jumps from one idea to another without much structure and without context. She notes very interesting anecdotes without citing them. Her ideas are boldly stated but not well-argued, so I decided that continuing to read the book was unlikely to be an enlightening use of my time.

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