Prisoners of Men's Dreams: Striking Out for a New Feminine Future

Prisoners of Men's Dreams: Striking Out for a New Feminine Future

by Suzanne Gordon

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Some 100 women contribute their stories in this exploration of the effects of contemporary feminism. The women we hear from are confused; some are disillusioned, but all, no matter their socal status, have problems reconciling professional responsibilities with personal obligations. Gordon ( Lonely in America ) emphasizes that women have discovered the tyranny of the marketplace, as well as the belief that ``women do not change the world by becoming more like men.'' The challenge, she maintains, is no longer finding role models but defining a new feminist future. This appraisal of women's uncertainty offers realistic guidelines and positive suggestions for true liberation: ``We must change our world if we want to make our lives easier.'' (Jan.)
Library Journal
Journalist Gordon ( Economic Conver sion; Lonely in America, LJ 11/15/75 ; A Talent for Tomorrow: Life Stories of South African Servants) here questions what has become of the transformative goals of the women's movement of the 1970s, when feminists vowed to fight for a more equitable, humane, caring society. Her answer: women's energies have been coopted by equal-opportunity feminism, now an integral part of American corporate culture, with its ever-intensifying emphasis on individual achievement, longer working hours, fewer corporate responsibilities, and commoditization of human needs. Gordon does an excellent job of documenting the evils this 1980s market culture has wrought and contrasting American responses to social problems with those of other Western countries. However, her suggestions for countering these trends remain somewhat ill-defined: e.g., those in the helping professions should form coalitions rather than competing for scarce tax dollars, forcing reform from within. Recommended for large public libraries and women's studies collections.-- Beverly Miller, Boise State Univ. Lib., Id.

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Little, Brown and Company
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