The Female Eunuch

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Germaine Greer takes aim at the subject of women: their cultural history, their psychological development, and their relationship to men. And what she puts forward as her central thesis is the original and provocative idea that as wives, employees, mothers, and lovers, women are not only still in bondage to men, but are deformed by them--made into eunuchs. It is not that Greer is against men (she likes them very much), or that she thinks women should take to violent action to secure their rights, but rather that every woman must come to know herself: her body and her mind. Women must also learn, she argues, their own histories and must learn to share their experiences with one another until they understand, identify, and explicitly come to terms with the many psychological techniques of domination in and out of the home.--From publisher description.

The Female Eunuch

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The clarion call to change that galvanized a generation. When Germaine Greer's "The Female Eunuch" was first published it created a shock wave of recognition in women, one that could be felt around the world. It went on to become an international bestseller, translated into more than twelve languages, and a landmark in the history of the women's movement. Positing that sexual liberation is the key to women's liberation, Greer looks at the inherent and unalterable biological differences between men and women as well as at the profound psychological differences that result from social conditioning. Drawing on history, literature, biology, and popular culture, Greer's searing examination of women's oppression is a vital, passionately argued social commentary that is both an important historical record of where we've been and a shockingly relevant treatise on what still remains to be achieved.

The Whole Woman

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THIRTY YEARS AFTER THE FEMALE EUNUCH, GERMAINE GREER RETURNS TO THE SUBJECT OF FEMINISM, WITH THE BOOK SHE VOWED SHE WOULD NEVER WRITE. Germaine Greer proclaims that the time has come to get angry again! Modern feminism has become the victim of unenlightened complacency, and what started out in the Sixties as a movement for liberation has become one that has sought and settled for equality. With fiery rhetoric, authoritative insight, outrageous humour and broad-ranging debate, Greer shows that, although women have indeed come a very long way in the last thirty years, the notion of our 'having it all' has disguised the persistent discrimination and exploitation that continues to exist for women in the basic areas of health, sex, politics, economics and marketing. Erudite, eccentric, provocative and invigorating, Germaine Greer once again sets the agenda for the future of feminism. Here is all the polemical power that sold over a million copies of The Female Eunuch and kept its author at the heart of controversy ever since. The Whole Woman was a No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller for five weeks and was hailed by the critics as a 'polemical bomb' (Guardian) and as required reading for thinking adults everywhere.

Les Vies parallèles de Greta Wells

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Traduit de l'anglais (États-Unis) par Hélène PapotNew York, Greenwich Village, 1985. Greta Wells, une photographe, est atteinte de dépression : son frère jumeau Felix est mort du sida, et son petit ami Nathan vient de la quitter. Elle entreprend un traitement par électrochocs.Le lendemain matin Greta découvre qu'elle a changé d'époque - nous sommes maintenant en 1918. Felix est bien vivant, il est fiancé à la fille d'un sénateur et a une liaison secrète avec son avocat, Alan.Mais la voilà à nouveau projetée dans le temps - en 1941, cette fois. Greta a épousé Nathan, avec qui elle a fondé une famille. Elle fréquente aussi Léo, un homme plus jeune qu'elle.ces vertigineux allers-retours sont bien plus que des changements d'époque : ce sont des mondes différents que doit affronter Greta, des vies alternatives parmi lesquelles il lui faudra, si elle en est capable, choisir celle qui lui convient. Dans le dédale du temps, une femme cherche son chemin...Après le succès international de L’Histoire d’un mariage, Andrew Sean Greer nous captive à nouveau avec ce roman magique et précis comme une montre suisse.

Foulards et hymens

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​Essai coup-de-poing sur le calvaire vécu par les femmes dans le monde arabe, état des lieux accablant de la misogynie ambiante dans un Moyen-Orient travaillé par les extrémismes, Foulards et hymens est un document choc, brillant et nécessaire. Nous, les femmes arabes, vivons dans une culture qui nous est fondamentalement hostile. Face à ce constat, la journaliste égyptienne Mona Eltahawy, elle-même emprisonnée, battue, sexuellement agressée sur la place Tahrir en 2011, a décidé de prendre la parole. Dire la difficulté de vivre dans une société patriarcale qui diabolise la femme, la cache, la rejette. Dire la situation de ces femmes forcées de porter le hijab et le niqab, embarquées en pleine rue pour un " test de virginité ", battues, violées, excisées, mutilées. Dire que si le monde arabe hait ses femmes, c'est parce qu'il les craint. Qu'il craint ce qui se trouve sous le voile, le nie, piétine son existence, sous prétexte de mieux le préserver. Parler pour libérer la parole féminine. Car comme nous le rappelle Mona Eltahawy : l'acte le plus subversif qu'une femme puisse commettre est de parler de sa vie comme si elle importait réellement.

Germaine Greer: Untamed Shrew

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Germaine Greer: Untamed Shrew by Christine Wallace Summary

The story of one of the most intriguing people in a generation. Germaine Greer is one of the opinion-formers of our age, her challenging views constantly provoking us in print and on the small screen. The Female Eunuch, her first book published in 1970, was hailed by the women's liberation movement and influenced an entire generation. Yet two years earlier Greer had argued that "there is hardly a woman alive who is not deeply attracted to the notion of a husband of the kind extolled by Kate", the rebellious wife subdued in The Taming of the Shrew. Over 30 years later, as Germaine Greer revises what one reviewer called "one of the most eloquent pieces of anarchist propaganda that have appeared in this century", it is fitting to assess the life and work of this complex, compelling intellect. Christine Wallace, an Australian academic familiar with the background in which Germaine Greer grew up, has drawn extensively from candid interviews with Greer's family, friends and former colleagues as well as from her many autobiographical writings. She reveals a courageous, contradictory, often tormented woman, variously (and often simultaneously) scholar, rock stars' groupie, bohemian, lover of cats and gardening, and a feminist who spurned and then yearned for motherhood. An icon of women's liberation yet fiercely competitive and scathing of other women; a swashbuckling adventuress yet often vulnerable and surprisingly passive in her dealings with men; an inveterate self-dramatist yet incorrigibly honest, Greer has always lived by extremes – and the risks she took have allowed shoals of moderate feminists to swim in her wake. Many followers have been rebuffed by her reckless inconsistency – a quality she shares with Byron, her first literary love, stemming from a rare determination to be true to the moment. This biography puts into context the unhappy childhood, the convent schooling and promiscuous but rigorous university years that shaped Greer's powerful personality and restless intelligence. Child of the beat generation, leader (and victim) of the 60s sexual revolution, she continues to assail our complacency.

Sarrasine

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Ainsi à ma droite, la sombre et silencieuse image de la mort ; à ma gauche, les décentes bacchanales de la vie : ici, la nature froide, morne, en deuil ; là, les hommes en joie. Moi, sur la frontière de ces deux tableaux si disparates, qui, mille fois répétés de diverses manières, rendent Paris la ville la plus amusante du monde et la plus philosophique, je faisais une macédoine morale, moitié plaisante, moitié funèbre. Du pied gauche je marquais la mesure, et je croyais avoir l'autre dans un cercueil.

Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity

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Critical Childhood Studies and the Practice of Interdisciplinarity by Joanne Faulkner,Magdalena Zolkos Summary

This book analyzes figurations of childhood in contemporary culture and politics focusing on critical childhood studies. Looking at critical discussions of the ideological, symbolic and affective roles that children play in contemporary societies suggest that they are often the locus of larger societal crises, and unspoken prohibitions and taboos.

Germaine Greer

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Germaine Greer by Maryanne Dever,Anthea Taylor,Lisa Adkins Summary

Germaine Greer is one of the most enduring and influential figures of the second wave of the women’s movement. The Female Eunuch (1970) is one of second-wave feminism’s most widely recognised publications and its author has come to embody and indeed expand our understanding of second-wave feminism in a way that few others have. Yet, while Greer’s public visibility never seems to wane, her writings and her politics have failed to attract the kind of sustained critical engagement they warrant. This volume represents the first collection of essays to examine Greer, her politics, her writing, and her status as a feminist celebrity. The essays in this collection cover The Female Eunuch (1970), Greer’s public rivalry with Arianna Stassinopoulos, her time in America, her ideas and politics, and her styling as feminist fashion icon. Many essays include new insights drawn from previously unseen material in the recently launched Germaine Greer Archive at the University of Melbourne, Australia. This book was originally published as a Special Issue of Australian Feminist Studies.

The Madwoman's Underclothes

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A collection of essays on topics ranging from John F. Kennedy, to artificial insemination and cosmetic surgery, to the famine in Ethiopia.

Plaidoyer pour Eros

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Une série d'essais combinant intelligence, émotions et passion, où Siri Hustvedt, explorant les multiples facettes qui caractérisent la personnalité de tout écrivain, débusque les préjugés culturels à l'œuvre au cœur de la littérature comme de la vie.

The Beautiful Boy

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Provides a collection of more than two hundred images from Western art that explores the beauty of male imagery.

SPQR. Histoire de l'ancienne Rome.

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Véritable phénomène : LA synthèse qui révise l'histoire de Rome, de sa fondation à sa chute, par une immense historienne anglaise. L'ancienne Rome continue de soutenir l'édifice de la culture occidentale, de façonner notre vision du monde et la place que nous y occupons. Mais comment et pourquoi ce qui n'était qu'un village insignifiant dans le centre de l'Italie a-t-il pu devenir une puissance à ce point dominante, exerçant son autorité sur un vaste territoire déployé à travers trois continents et façonnant nombre de nos concepts fondamentaux sur le pouvoir, la citoyenneté, la guerre, l'empire, le luxe ou la beauté ? Pour y répondre, Mary Beard retrace mille ans d'histoire de l'Urbs, du mythe fondateur de Romulus et Remus à l'édit de l'empereur Caracalla offrant la citoyenneté romaine à tous les habitants libres de l'empire (IIIe siècle). Ce faisant, l'auteur conteste les perspectives historiques confortables, refusant l'admiration simpliste ou la condamnation systématique. Elle montre que l'histoire romaine, loin d'être figée dans le marbre, est constamment révisée en fonction de nouvelles connaissances. Rome ne fut pas, par exemple, le petit frère violent de la Grèce, féru d'efficacité militaire, là où son aînée aurait au contraire privilégié la recherche intellectuelle. De célèbres personnages – Cicéron, César, Cléopâtre, Auguste et Néron – prennent ainsi une tout autre couleur, tandis que les acteurs négligés dans les histoires traditionnelles – les femmes, les esclaves et affranchis, les conspirateurs et, globalement, ceux qui ne sont pas du côté des vainqueurs – retrouvent leur place dans l'éblouissante aventure romaine. SPQR – Senatus PopulusQue Romanus – est l'abréviation qu'utilisent les Romains pour désigner leur État. À travers ce livre exceptionnel, ponctué par une centaine d'illustrations, le Sénat et le Peuple de Rome reprennent vie.

The Boy

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A genuinely groundbreaking work which has changed the way we look at boys in art, in literature and in life. In a series of carefully constructed and dazzlingly illustrated themes, ranging from the boy as a passive love object to soldier boys, from the boy under the female gaze to what is a boy?, Germaine Greer opens our eyes and invites us to appreciate boys in all their sensuality, flirtatiousness and vulnerability.

Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers

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Encyclopedia of Women Social Reformers by Helen Rappaport Summary

"This valuable contribution to women's studies includes the stories of more than 400 women from 64 countries and brings into the limelight many forgotten movements and personalities that have had major impacts on history. Readers will be inspired by the fascinating biographies."--"Outstanding Reference Sources," American Libraries, May 2002.