I read the first edition in high school and it was a complete paradigm shift for me -- it completely opened my eyes to looking at the world through aI read the first edition in high school and it was a complete paradigm shift for me -- it completely opened my eyes to looking at the world through a more critical lens in regards to socialization, power structures as they relate to historical context, and the harsh reality of women (as well as the privileges I had enjoyed up to that point in my life being male, gay or not). During high school, this book's impact was nothing less than a foundational block of my worldview.
This expanded and updated second edition primarily has an addendum: an afterword where Muscio addresses how her thinking on the subject has expanded, especially as she received questions from admirers of her book about the position (or lack therof) of transwomen in her womanifesto. Having her delve into the issue of transpeople and gender nonconformity, especially after I've befriended many transpeople after high school, was very refreshing. In fact, even though this time around for me I was more dubious of several parts of the original text, I enjoyed the book more entirely because of the issues she addresses in the afterword. Her inclusivity of more people on the margins (or on the margins of the margins) as well as many added comments on the need for alternative news sources and an examination of the widespread nature of abuse in American society mirrors my own evolution of thought and experience.
The original text is still a good read, and even though some of it is not always logical or sometimes ventures into impractical ideals veering astray into lost woods, it still contains many important nuggets for everyone to consider about themselves and their relation to our society. I almost wish she could revise the original work and introduce the new thoughts in the afterword into the appropriate places, but it's still a good addition....more
It was well-written with a clear sense of voice and purpose. It is at the same time easy to read but somewhat difficult to digest emotionally; nearerIt was well-written with a clear sense of voice and purpose. It is at the same time easy to read but somewhat difficult to digest emotionally; nearer the end of the book it becomes all to true-to-life in that little is clear cut and many people and events evoke ambivalence. A good read that forces one to take time to reflect on what is truly important in life, what are absolutes in morality and philosophy, and in what ways can religion and politics really matter on a individual and social level....more