Susan Brownmiller


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With intelligence and humor, Susan Brownmiller explores the history and unspoken rules of the burden of “feminine perfection”
What is femininity? How is it measured? What are its demands? How are women meant to dress, look, think, act, feel, and be, according to the mores of society? 
Susan Brownmiller offers a witty and often pointed critique of the concept of femininity in contemporary culture and throughout history. She explores the demands placed upon women to fit an established mold, examines female stereotypes, and celebrates the hard-won advances in women’s lifestyle and attire. At once profound, revolutionary, empowering, and entertaining, Femininity challenges the accepted female norm while appreciating the women throughout history who have courageously broken free of its constraints.
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340 printed pages
Original publication



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    I am the last person in the world who wishes to look like a little gray wren, and I take many steps to keep up my appearance, but I think I am right to prefer my own authentic countenance and the authentic countenance of others—with breathing pores, a living map of human experience and admitted vulnerabilities—to the impersonal cosmetic mask of smooth polish and bright color.
    Bianca Beltránhas quoted3 months ago
    Pubic hair is coarse hair, no matter how fine the woman, and an allegorical, idealized woman can have nothing coarse about her.
    Bianca Beltránhas quoted3 months ago
    Since femininity in all respects is a matter of containment, a woman whose hair exceeds the esthetic limits of her culture probably will employ some depilatory procedure to bring her body into line.
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