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The Privilege of Being a Woman by Alice von Hildebrand
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Jul 14, 2013

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bookshelves: theology, feminism

It is a good book for popular consumption that will convey the general culture of the femenine in Catholicism in the aftermath of The New Femenists (Orthodox Catholic Theologians who reaffirm the basic tenets of femeninity while embracing society's new appreciation of womanhood). It is a good inspirational and summary book that is quick and easy to read. It is not however a work of deep theological insight or advancement. There is very little looking at the scriptures and almost no historical context about how the church about the nature of woman have 'evolved' through history. A better book to look at for theology buffs from a phenomenological approach is Woman: a collection of essays by Edith Stein. There are certain parts of the book, where Hildebrand seems to be saying that men and women have different capacities for being moral and I'm not sure the Church posits this. But then again, we are talking about issues where there isn't a clearly articulated teaching, but merely a tradition of thinkers and their opinions.
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