Moving Beyond Words: Age, Rage, Sex, Power, Money, Muscles: Breaking Boundaries of Gender

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From one of the most influential women in the country and bestselling author of Revolution from Within comes a collection of provocative, entertaining, mind-changing essays. The six pieces, three of which have never been published before, explode common assumptions and propose radical new ways of looking at human possibilities.
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Overview

From one of the most influential women in the country and bestselling author of Revolution from Within comes a collection of provocative, entertaining, mind-changing essays. The six pieces, three of which have never been published before, explode common assumptions and propose radical new ways of looking at human possibilities.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Steinem is at her polemical best in these six compelling essays--three of which are new, three revised from Ms. articles. She invents ``Dr. Phyllis Freud,'' founder of psychoanalysis, who proved that men's lack of wombs make them terminally envious and whose theories serve as a semi-scientific rationale for men's lower status in a matriarchal society. An interview with women's weightlifting world champ Bev Francis leads Steinem to question assumptions of female weakness and male strength. Another piece demystifies economics by interpreting it as a system of human values, with special reference to women's unpaid or underrated work. Elsewhere Steinem analyzes the growing feminization of poverty and masculinization of wealth, exposes advertisers' restrictive control over the editorial content of women's magazines and reflects on turning 60, an age, she finds, when women grow more radical and rebellious. Each essay is prefaced by an extensive introduction which Steinem uses as a platform to discuss sexual politics. First serial to Ms. May
Library Journal
"If you added water to any of these parts," Steinem says, each segment could become a book. While some of the articles have been previously published, or are "re-rites" of others, there is some new work presented here. "What If Freud Were Phyllis?" was recently published in Ms. magazine after initially being presented to the American Psychiatric Association. The piece is comparatively lengthy (comprising two of the four cassettes) but well worth the space accorded it. Perhaps the best in the collection is "Doing Sixty." The woman who once answered a reporter's remark that she didn't look 40 with "This is what 40 looks like. We've been lying so long, who would know?" has plenty of insights on women in the last third of life. For all libraries.-Reilly Reagan, Putnam Cty. Lib., Cookeville, Tenn.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671510527
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 639,839
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: How Phyllis Freud Was Born 19
What If Freud Were Phyllis? or, The Watergate of the Western World 32
Introduction: The Politics of Muscle 93
The Strongest Woman in the World 98
Introduction: Sixteen Years Before the Mast 125
Sex, Lies, and Advertising 130
Introduction: A Question of Class 171
The Masculinization of Wealth 175
Revaluing Economics 199
Doing Sixty 249
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2000

    Relevant and Rich

    The six essays in this book are well written and sharp-edged. Steinem has a great sense of humor which she weaves into the rich ideas and opinions expressed in her essays. This collection of feminist essays will open your eyes and reveal a reflective and honest showcase of American cu

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