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In the twenty years since its publication, this best-selling classic (which has sold more than 200,000 copies) has become famous for its groundbreaking demonstration of how sexual stereotypes restrict men's and women's psychological development. Toward a New Psychology of Women revolutionized concepts of strength and weakness, dependency and autonomy, emotion, success, and ...more
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Published April 2nd 1987 by Beacon Press (first published January 1st 1976)
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Sally Duros
This is a brilliant and ground-breaking book, with ideas that will always be fresh and true. It inspired me to write the following essay.

Women whistle in conflict and cause growth
Posted on January 23, 2003
By Sally Duros
Originally published Sally’s World, January 10, 2003

Did you see that TIME Magazine chose three women as their persons of the year? Sharing the honor are Cynthia Cooper of Worldcom, Coleen Rowley of the FBI and Sherron Watkins of Enron.

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Eye-opening and not what I expected. I may be female, but before reading this book I never identified as feminist because it felt too aggressive and direct to me. But Jean Baker-Miller illustrated concepts and ideas that relate to all types of people. She writes with compassion to both genders. The book is a bit outdated and controversial, but taking into account the time period it was written, it's still extremely applicable in our everyday experiences today. This is an essential book for anyon ...more
This is a basic, simply written text that explores the psychology of women from a feminist perspective. This book was revolutionary at the time it was written, undermining many of the assumptions held about women's psychology since the studies of Freud, and elucidating the factors that the oppression of women has had on women's behavior.
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Would like to see more race and class. Still an interesting book, especially the parts about ties to others and cooperation.
Mary Lynne
Short, simple, amazing and so important!
Jan 22, 2008 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Anna by: Joan McConnell (mom)
Somewhat outdated in the way that Feminine Mystique is outdated, but sadly not outdated enough. Sigh.

"Because our image of human possibilities is built on what men have done and what men have said is possible, we have not been able to conceive of more than "man" as so far defined. We are left believing that while many people [read: many women] have impulses that are generous, kind, and responsive to other human beings, at bottom, they are selfish, self-seeking, and out for themselves... We might
Katherine Morrison
Not only groundbreaking for its time, this groundbreaking meditation on women's self in society is a must read for anyone interested in working with girls and women.
It's simplistic, problematic, heteronormative, dated--and absolutely necessary. I genuinely believe that this should be required reading in schools. No, it's not perfect. Be prepared for fallacious reasoning, nuances glossed over for the sake of brevity, unfortunate wordings of controversial ideas, disclaimers used too sparingly, and so on. But the book's logic is both intellectually gratifying and ethically sound. Miller inspires profound yet no-nonsense compassion toward men and women alike, a ...more
ordering...thank you Randy
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this book is about the psychology of the oppressed: it isn't 'only about women'. the author taught at Wellesley and Harvard, a brilliant woman.
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