The Female Thing

The Female Thing

Dirt, Sex, Envy, Vulnerability

Book - 2006
Average Rating:
Rate this:
In the female psyche nowadays, "contradictions speckle the landscape, like ingrown hairs after a bad bikini wax." So writes Laura Kipnis, author of the widely acclaimed polemic "Against Love," With "the gleeful viperish wit of Dorothy Parker" (Slate), Kipnis now offers a fresh and provocative assessment of the female condition in the post-post-feminist world of the twenty-first century. For every advance toward sexual equality on the part of women in recent years, she argues, some new impediment just "seems" to appear. Ironically, feminism ran up against an unanticipated opponent: the inner woman. An ambitious and original reassessment of feminism and women's ambivalence about it, "The Female Thing" brims with bracing and funny social observations informed by psychological acuity. For all the upbeat "You go, girl" slogans, women remain caught between feminism and femininity, between self-affirmation and an endless quest for self-improvement, between playing the injured party and claiming independence. Feminism is bedeviled by the same impasses and contradictions it seeks to rectify. But rather than blaming the usual suspects-men, the media-Kipnis takes a hard look at culprits closer to home, namely women themselves and their complicity in upholding male privilege, even as they resent men deeply for it. Which makes relations between the sexes rather thorny at the moment, and Kipnis serves up the gory details of the mutual displeasure between men and women in painfully hilarious detail. In the tradition of "The Feminine Mystique" and "The Female Eunuch," this is a pathbreaking work. As audacious as it is historically and socially grounded, "The Female Thing" explores age-oldquandaries: the war between the sexes, what women "really" want, and to what extent anatomy is destiny after all.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375424175
0375424172
Branch Call Number: 305.42 Kipnis
Characteristics: xii, 173 p. ; 22 cm

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

There are no comments for this title yet.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...
No similar edition of this title was found at RPL.

Try searching for The Female Thing to see if RPL owns related versions of the work.


Suggest for Purchase

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top