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

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Steinem’s career-spanning collection of essays—each one a book in itself—re-imagine everything from the masculinization of wealth to Freudian thought and aging

With cool humor and rich intellect, Gloria Steinem strips bare our social constructions of gender and race, explaining just how limiting these invented cultural identities can be.
In the first of six sections, Stein
ebook, 312 pages
Published May 15th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published 1993)
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Tara Calaby
Apr 19, 2008 Tara Calaby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
Sometimes challenging, sometimes uplifting, sometimes enraging, this is a powerful and important collection of feminist essays.
May 07, 2013 Rochelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism
Overall a really interesting and thought provoking book from leading Feminist icon Gloria Steinem that's split into mini books about different aspects of the feminist movement. I found the first book on Freud to be the most interesting and informative chapter: it reveals the utterly sexist and stupid philosophies of Freud by making him a woman (Phyllis Freud) and using role reversal to illustrate her message. It is one the best bits of satire Ive ever read, and for me I learned all about the rea ...more
Feb 13, 2013 SB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Steinem's writing witty and thought-provoking. I appreciate both her frank honesty and her inclusive generosity. My favorite section BY FAR is "What if Freud were Phyllis?" in which she uses gender reversal as a tool to show how absurd some of his theories (and our current beliefs) are. The middle section wasn't nearly as engaging, but I did learn some new things and appreciated the paradigm shifts presented. I LOVED the chapter "Doing Sixty." I loved her perspective on change as a posit ...more
Louise Silk
Jul 14, 2013 Louise Silk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I wanted to read Steinem's newest book but this was the latest of her books available at the library.

Written in 1994, it is powerful and informative- showing both that we have made some progress and how we have a much longer path remaining.

The first section is an eye opening view of psychology and the unending influence of the male ego, Freud. Steinem shows his ludicrousness by turning the tables making him a woman. It is a brilliant ninety pages leaving no stone unturned.

The others are equal
Dimitra-Vanessa Bouna
Must read!!!!!!!!!! My illusion of Freud's all-knowing godlike position as father of psychoanalysis was shattered by Steinem's entertaining essay taking us through all of Freud's contribution giving the reader perspective, what if Sigmund were Phyllis? Refreshing and empowering the essay on Bev Francis, really pushing the question, what does it mean to be beautiful and to have strength as a woman? Essay on feminism in the upper tier of affluence blew my mind, it never having crossed my mind how ...more
May 23, 2011 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of the feminist ideas in this book were not new to me (which isn't surprising, considering it's about 25 years old), but I found the chapter on journalism and ethics to be of particular interest. Steinem writes about how advertising affects the quality of journalism - it's a lesson that I think all people interested in the media should read.

Her chapter on sexism as it relates to Freud was also very interesting - she simply reverses the roles in Freud's theories to show how absurd they can
i am really intrigued by and appreciate the ideas put forth in this book, but unfortunately as with a lot of feminist writing (for me, at least), i find the writing itself kinda awful and hard to get through. 'what if freud were phyllis' is a perfect example of that: interesting idea, yawn-inducingly written out. maybe je suis tres bete, but i prefer reading what others have written about these writings than the original writing itself.
May 15, 2008 Hillary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the how Ms. Steinem debunked Freud with a parody, she called Phyllis Freud. She wrote about things like “womb envy”, it was highly entertaining and educational if you have ever studied Freud. But my favorite part of this book was Ms. Steinem’s interview with Pat Nixon. She had requested Richard, but they gave her Pat, I liked how she was pleasantly surprised by her. It was fun to listen to. ( I listed to this on audio mostly, then bought the book to re-read it)
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
Another excellent book of short essays by one of the greatest women of all time. Love this.
Aug 31, 2015 Liz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous collection; a must read! Her insights and perspectives on all six topics entertain you, educate you, challenge you, and empower you! This book's first, long chapter is one of the best things I've read. This chapter turns the Freudian psychology on its head: Freud is a woman. It is hilarious, and it reveals just how ludicrous and misogynistic Freud was. I highly recommend it, it is seriously hilarious when she turns Freud's psychology against men.
Gloria Steinem is an amazing au
Sarah W.
Steinem's vast experience in feminism movements builds her credibility and authority like no other. But she assumes her reader has the same fervor for the cause as she pushes for changes and unification of all women.
May 25, 2014 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I respect the heck out of Steinem as both a writer and an activist. Reading this book made me think while also keeping my interest.
Apr 12, 2015 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still thought provoking and challenges so many assumptions even 20 yrs later.
May 25, 2016 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great essays by Gloria.
Bahar Anooshahr
Sep 18, 2016 Bahar Anooshahr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
She's an inspiring woman. In this book, especially in the chapter on Freud, she does some masterful mental jujitsu to demonstrate sexism. It's a worthwhile read for men and women alike.
I've read more this year than I have for the past five years, and I have discussed this 22 year old book more than anything new that I've come across. It has been a powerful antidote to the misogyny that came out in the presidential campaign and that may become the norm for the coming four years.

Gloria writes powerfully in ways that get to the heart of the matter. There are so many things that feel off with how women are valued and measured in society, and in these essays that still feel powerf
Feb 28, 2009 NK rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a fan of the first section of this book, way too many footnotes going on which was really annoying. Thank goodness it gets better though. I feel like there are various things that she touches on that may hit home for some people.
I read this in one of my Women's Studies Classes in College - and I kept it - one of the few that I didn't sell back at the end of the school year.
Julie Ehlers
A lot of interesting stuff here, but for me the best parts were the autobiographical ones. Gloria Steinem needs to write a memoir, stat.
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Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and key counterculture era political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of man ...more
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