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The Stepford Wives by Ira Levin
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Jun 12, 2012

really liked it
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Read on June 12, 2012

Ok so obviously this is a cult classic. The phrase 'Stepford Wives' is in common usage, it is essentially a feminist scare story, and as such there is the possibility that it could appear quite dated, and to be fair some of the attitudes about sexual equality do seem rather dated. The introduction does make a very good point, however that female expectations are potentially slipping, with the idea for a large swathe of the population being catching an, ideally rich, man. This is a view often backed up by popluar 'chick-lit' It is very ofetn the career woman who is seen as the enemy, with the 'happy ending' only coming when the girl gets her man. Politics to one side though, this is a very good read. The story flows well, with the tension building as characters become aware of the threat posed by their men. It could be nice if the book made some effort to explain how incoming men, who are initially pro-equality, are able to be 'turned' in such a short and determined manner. Some clarification about the actual fate of the replaced women could be nice too. However overall the story really is quite excellent, enough is revealed to leave you guessing at everything that is left mysterious. It is a modern classic.
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