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Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,688 ratings  ·  87 reviews
This phenomenally successful book, that has sold nearly a half a million copies since its original publication in 1983, is Gloria Steinem's most diverse and timeless collection of essays.
Paperback, Second Edition, 432 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by Holt Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1983)
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Kendra
I grew up with a lot of choices. I was able to decide what to do with my life, who to love, and how to act day-to-day. It wasn't all that long ago, however, when I would not have had those rights as a woman in America.

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions is a great reflection on the struggles many before me have had to bear in order to make my liberties a reality. As interesting for me as the historical context of this book is the realization that many women, even in today's society, still d...more
Jerome Baladad
Aug 19, 2009 Jerome Baladad rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all non fiction writers
I bought my copy from a thrift shop because I was curious to know how Ms Steinem did a gig as a Playboy bunny in order to come up with an article that has at least 43 pages of this book. I was way more than satisfied by that article, and learned a lot from her. Imagine her doing the gig, and living to tell the story to all curious readers like myself. And continuing with the reading of book after putting it down in the meantime, so as to focus on my other readings, I rediscovered my copy again....more
Chris
What Steinmem would say would violate terms of service and make my laptop blow up.


Cassandra
Even the more potentially likable parts of the book were tainted with fanaticism. For instance, I was looking forward to reading Steinem's essay on transsexualism, but it was misinformed and judgmental. I doubt the woman even has any idea of how it feels to be gender dysphoric. And then there was the exposé on Playboy bunnies, which was ruined by Steinem's heavy-handedness and overstatement. The woman has the sensibilities of a Catholic nun when it comes to sexuality, if you ask me. And that's a...more
Eva
Interesting to read a broad swath of Steinem's work. I didn't know she was originally a journalist, so this book had essays ranging from political profiles to her undercover expose titled "I was a Playboy Bunny".

Some things I found interesting:

- Some of the issues she mentions strike me as being in the past, happily -- like women being preferentially let go since they are perceived as not needing their jobs as much as men.

- "Ms." wasn't really used until the 70s. From Wikipedia: "In February 19...more
Jess
My girlfriend wished to read this book, and since it was at my local library I picked it up. After she finished it I went ahead and decided to read it myself.

The book itself is a little dated, most of the articles are anywhere from 1960-1985, so some articles were a little uninteresting. Oh the flip side, because of the age of some of the articles, it made it very interesting to see how much has changed in the last few decades.

I am very new to feminism myself and a lot of things were shocking an...more
Allan
In the 1980s I was in a relationship with a woman with a comprehensive feminist bookshelf. Along the way, I pulled down nearly every book and read a few cover to cover. Many of the books I didn't regard as well written. Some of the books had a lot to say nevertheless. More than a few put a lot of energy into saying things I didn't regard as constructive. The one book that seemed to combine authenticity and insight and exposition was Gloria Steinem in her essay on her experience as a Playboy Bunn...more
Miranda
I'm glad I read this, and I wish I had sooner. Many of her battle cries seem moot now, which is awesome, but some things really made me uncomfortable (good, right?). Let's ramble on about one thing!

I know that plenty of aspects of my personality are "feminine" (eg, liking to have a good cry, playing dumb to avoid conflict) and that I've used them to feel safe in not asking more of myself. I've matured being self-aware enough to recognize this, but not empowered to change (esp. with the comfort t...more
Julia Reed
It's still unclear to me how I made it through four years of Smith Colleage without ever reading "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions," probably Gloria Steinem's most well known book. I'm glad that I finally got around to it, and I strongly encourage all of my fellow equality-minde sisters (and brothers) to pick this up.

"Outrageous Acts" is not really one book, but a collection of essays and articles by Steinem stretching over most of her career. From her famous/infamous "I was a Playboy Bun...more
Emily
In spite of the rating, I really can't recommend this book enough. The missing star is for some now outdated research, some phrasing I don't agree with, and the fact that because of the nature of this book, a collection of essays written over many years, that some of the information was repetitive.

With all that out of the way, let me say that you can't appreciate where you are without knowing where we've been. I took a Women's History course in college, but it focused primarily on first wave fe...more
Martha
Nov 10, 2013 Martha rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in modern feminism
This book is part personal reflection, part social critique, and part history, written in the 1960s through the '80s, but updated with commentary in 1995.

I was probably about 10 or 12 years old when Gloria Steinem first became nationally known as a feminist. The book was a great reminder of things I'd forgotten about Steinem and about history -- particularly feminist history -- and it filled in details about people and events I wasn't aware of at the time. The essay "Houston and History" in part...more
E
While of course Patriarchy is FAR from over, the book is quite outdated and I read it for historical purposes. The American people owe so much to activists like Steinem. When she speaks of the era in which she was raised, I realize how integral Title IX, comprehensive sex education and strong (non-sexualized) female role models were to the era in which I was raised. Yet whether Steinem recognizes it or not, the feminists of my generation have also brought about tremendous progress since we came...more
Sara
This book is essential for young feminists who sometimes have a hard time articulating why feminism is still a pressing subject in the world today. Although it is a compilation of Gloria Steinem's articles from the late '60s through the early '80s, much of what is discussed is still relevant, which is both disheartening and revealing. I was especially captured by Steinem's discussion of pornography and Linda Lovelace, and I continue to discuss it at odd moments with friends (ie Saturday night at...more
Betty
Jun 23, 2010 Betty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
A collection of essays from the mid-sixties to mid-eighties, with copious introduction and footnotes bringing things more up to date (to the late-nineties, at least). It's obvious why she's such a powerhouse; she's a brilliant, sensitive, funny writer with a wealth of knowledge. It's wonderful to see the origins of second-wave feminism- to see how far we've come and how much there is still to be done. Highly recommended.
Allison (The Book Wheel)
Review from The Book Wheel:

About two months ago, during a class simulation, I was in the hallway speaking with several male classmates. Despite that fact that I had done my research and was an active participant, 90% of the men I was with completely ignored me, despite my overt attempts to join the conversation. It was so bad, in fact, that all but one of them walked away while I was still talking. Infuriated, I clapped my hands loudly and demanded that they listen to me. Had I not just been tre...more
Jess
Apr 29, 2012 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All women and girls
As a new feminist, I knew that this collection of essays by Gloria Steinam was a must-read, along with other classic feminist texts (Simone de Beauvoir, etc.) and modern feminist writings (Jessica Valenti). I started this in December and periodically got in and out of reading it, sometimes because the essays were way over my head and sometimes because I didn't want to reach the end just yet. Steinam is brilliant in a way that I hope to be some day, insightful and open and witty and so amazingly...more
Sara
Oh my gosh, I don't even know where to begin about this book...

I've self-identified as a feminist for years, but I never really dug in deeper in a literary sense. I read a lot of Alice Walker and feminist short stories, but never read texts from the 60's-80's. This book is a collection of writings by Ms. Steinem throughout that time, and many of them are just as important as they were then, despite the fact that this book SHOULD in theory be nothing more than a time capsule.

The expose of the tru...more
Viola
I am compelled to begin my review with a rant on the status of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

As I was reading this book, I came across references to the ERA quite a few times. Not knowing much about this amendment, I went online to look up its history and to see when it was ratified. I was absolutely astonished by what I found. It has not been ratified. It is 2011! It is nearly 30 years past the publication of this book. Americans live in a society that many consider (notwithstanding those wh...more
Eva Howard
"Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions" is a collection of feminist essays, covering topics ranging from Steinem's mother's almost life-long struggles with depression, to her experience going undercover as a Playboy Club bunny, to our society's expectations of women. I have hardly learned anything about feminism in school, so I thought I would take my learning into my own hands; this book was the right mix of information and good writing to keep me interested. Although I have read feminist non...more
Amy
I enjoyed the chance to be reminded that many social freedoms women enjoy today, especially in the working western world, were the result of a movement popularized by the actions and writings of Ms. Steinem. I read almost all the essays/articles. Her journalist's training make these pieces easy reading. At this time, even though only decades old, much of the content is dated, however still valuable as historical record
Nick Black
Not my typical cup of tea, but I found this at Goodwill for $2 and picked it up, figuring I'd get some insight into Second-Wave feminism. Ms. Steinem's a witty and engaging (if not necessarily captivating or convincing) essayist, and offers solutions to perceived problems as opposed to just whining (see bell hooks for a rather unpalatable and unhelpful alternative). Overall, while I rarely agreed with what seemed rather simplistic analysis from Ms. Steinem, I found her a unique voice speaking f...more
Kaethe
Steinem is such a great proponent of feminism because she writes well, clearly and simply, which is much harder to do than writing with an obvious style.
Louise
This book allowed me to see how I always kept my goals low in deference to the sexism of the time. My mother and Steinmen's mother lived similar lives.
Emily
My hero, my idol, the person who changed my life. Outrageous Acts is a collection of Gloria Steinem's journal/magazine/newspaper articles from the 60s and 70s when the feminist movement was being ignited and carried. This book covers everything from Steinem's childhood with her mentally unstable mother, to female body acceptance and celebration. Steinem is profoundly talented at writing from the heart; her narrative voice echoes in your life as the friend you never knew you needed. She is an abs...more
Neetha Philip
I havent read the entire book, but so far so good! Its excellent really. I'm not really someone who likes non fiction, but reading this book was easy! You really become more 'aware', if thats the right word, of the outrageous acts that take place everyday that in their own, subtle way, discriminate women. The world seems to distort the image of a woman in such a way that most women actually believe in that distorted image. The first step is realising the difference between the ideal woman from a...more
Rickie
Wow. This collection of essays was an eye opener for me. As a 30-something woman, I have to appreciate what Gloria and "the second wave of feminism" fought for much like she appreciated the suffragists of the late 19th century. What really amazed me was how much is still the same and the fight that is still left ahead of us. It's easy to read in stages when you have a few minutes here and there. The essay on what the world would be like if men menstruated made me laugh out loud...definitely wort...more
Rhianon
Gloria Steinem is a well-known name in the feminist world and I was excited to read some of her writing! As a feminist myself, it was fascinating to ready what life was like for women during the Second Wave. Admittedly, some of the essays were a bit slow and boring but for the most part, I found them intriguing. These essays were mostly written in the 70s and 80s and it was interesting to see what issues have come a long way and what issues still have a long way to go. Definitely a must read for...more
Lisa
Very 101.
Gia
Hands down, this is one of the best books I have ever read. I found this book at a thrift store for very cheap, and read it in its entirety on the beach.

I loved this book! I am mad at myself for taking so long to find it and then read it. Yes, it is a little dated, but unfortunately a lot of the issues women were dealing with and fighting in the 60's through the 80's, we are still dealing with today. I especially liked the article about Hitler and Nazi Germany and anti-choice zealots.
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