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The Madwoman's Underclothes: Essays and Occasional Writings

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Always strong and fearless, Germaine Greer strikes right at the heart of the matter—be it John F. Kennedy and vaginal deodorants, rape and artificial insemination, cosmetic surgery, the death of Jimi Hendrix, or the famine in Ethiopia. This collection represents a mosaic of essays, long and short, some of which are appearing for the first time in print and all of which cha ...more
Paperback, 305 pages
Published January 10th 1994 by Atlantic Monthly Press (first published 1986)
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This book is like a time capsule. It reveals a certain era & cultural sensibility, parts of which haven't aged well.

Ex: the introduction.
Though it's deeply gratifying that Greer has the ability to see the Calabrian peasant society in which she lived as something to learn from and valuable instead of uncivilized and less than, her impressions reveal a gender essentialism no longer acceptable. Her patronizing dexlaration of 'love and respect, admiration indeed, of poor women, women's women' (p
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some pieces are about a personal discovery of a fortunate nature, if only everyone were so fortunate - the remote village in Italy where children do not cry and need not toys, for one.

Some are rather a rap on the knuckles, and for good reason - the westerners who travel and live around the world with poor people, sharing their lives, with a subconscious secure knowledge that they can escape any time, and go back to a life of more, while those that shared their own precious little food with them
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This book started off really slowly for me. The early essays involved a lot of music/art references that I only vaguely caught and the language of counterculture sort of grated on my nerves. However, as the essays went on, I found them more and more interesting, particularly the ones that cover her time overseas in Cuba and Ethiopia. Some of what she said resonated with me even today, particularly a line about the right to employment. Worth reading, if not the most fun I've ever had.
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Another interesting rant by Germaine - always an interesting point of view whether you agree with her or not.
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Germaine Greer is an Australian born writer, journalist and scholar of early modern English literature, widely regarded as one of the most significant feminist voices of the later 20th century.

Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since her ground-breaking The Female Eunuch became an international best-seller in 1970, turning her overnight into a household name and bringing her both adulatio