"I once believed that we only had to put in place the conditions for equality for the remnants of old-fashioned sexism in our culture to wither away. I am ready to admit that I was wrong."
Empowerment, liberation, choice. Once the watchwords of feminism, these terms have now been co-opted by a society that sells women an airbrushed, highly sexualised and increasingly narrow vision of femininity. Drawing on a wealth of research and personal interviews, Living Dolls is a straight-talking, passionate, and important book that makes us look afresh at women and girls, at sexism and femininity - today.
©2012 Natasha Walter (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Mom of 3 and a book lover.
If you're a woman, you need this book. I'm much aware there's misconception growing about what beauty should be. Shamely most of the concepts are installed by advertisements or movies or any kind of digital ntertainment in 21 century. I long this kind of book so I could have reliable source when I come to discussion with my daughter.
Yes as it is a very important perspective in the fight for equality
That towards the end there was a particukar focus on the negative impact of gender stereotypes on men as well as women.
Narrator sounds haughty and puts on 'silly, girly' voices for the women in the book who are glamour girls, strippers, or just not helping themselves in the case for true freedom. A bit disrepectful I felt although possibly accurate.
A male narrator would have been brilliant. Brilliant evidence presented but part of me wonders if it isn't twisted a bit just like those she is criticising - 'we find what we expect'.
"This book made me squeal with excitement!"
If ever I could write a book of my thoughts and have them read out beautifully, it would be this. I now feel excited and optimistic and not alone about the future of feminism. Brilliant!
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