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Posted January 9, 2002
Estrich: Read your book before you write
Although there are some interesting stats albeit depressing about women and power, the book has a better bibliography than strong, smart content. When writing of her own rape, the author noted her plain shirt and culottes were 'nothing sexy at all.' This comment should have been omitted since it implies rape is a crime of sex not power and toward women with sexy clothes. Also on P.191, Estrich admits to calling her young assistant at a radio station 'hon' and 'sweetie.' This talk should never be allowed by a man or woman since it is an unprofessional way to talk to anyone in business. Later in the book, the author exhorts women to improve the work situation but yet she called her assistant 'girl.' Estrich writes that men commonly give credit to their skills after a promotion while women just say it was luck. Yet on p.264 she states she could not have made it to a certain point (president of the Harvard Law Review)without her friends and 'I was very lucky to find myself in an institution that prided itself on its merit system.' I found this book very weak especially the last few chapters. Find a better book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.