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Female Rage: Unlocking Its Secrets, Claiming Its Power

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  26 ratings  ·  8 reviews
A compelling consideration of the rage that continues to shape women's lives, pointing to its personal and cultural roots, its expression in classic and popular culture, its manifestations in disorders--from depression to bulimia--and its potential as a fuel for self-realization and success.
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published October 11th 1994 by Clarkson Potter
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Lee
Dec 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
I think if I'd have read it a few years ago I'd be utterly losing my shit over this book. As things stand, the authors were way too uncritically immersed in Freudian-era theory, and heteronormative to the point of absurdity. Published in the early 90s, it even goes so far as to acknowledge and celebrate the mainstream cultural absorption of declaratively non-het experience in that period, but still somehow seems unable to extend even the courtesy of using genderless descriptives in discussions o ...more
Christie
Jun 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this high, mostly because of the first half. It's an important read, I think, especially for women, but the second half went overboard on the rage women feel from infidelity.. it seemed to be less objective during the last part
Elalma
Vedo che in pochissime hanno questo libro qui su anobii, ed è un peccato perché molte ragazze dovrebbero leggerlo. E' un libro sulla rabbia femminile, su come gestirla. Inizialmente uno si chiede "perché femminile?" , la rabbia è un'emozione comune. Eppure per quanti secoli le donne hanno tenuto dentro le ferite, i soprusi, le umiliazioni che il potere dominante maschile ha inflitto? Seguendo il mito di medusa scopriamo quanto sia ancestrale questo sentimento, iniziato quando dopo la fine del ne ...more
Holly
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: feminism, non-fiction
Too much heterosexism, gender essentialism, and Freudian theory. Valentis centers her analysis primarily on white middle class cisgender women in heterosexual relationships, and I felt like she was trying to argue that adultery is the biggest trauma a woman can go through, which is just bizarre to me. As such this book felt kind of outdated. I'm giving it two stars because there were some passages about the aftermath of abuse that affected me, and I enjoyed how it incorporated the Medusa myth in ...more
Chris
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it
This is definitely an outdated book. It made me feel the same way I feel whenever I read a "white feminist" book from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s (with the exception of Backlash/Faludi). So many things are no longer relevant.
There's too much gender essentialism, too much Freud, too much heteronormativity, too little intersectionality in Female Rage: Unlocking Its Secrets, Claiming Its Power.


I give it three stars for the Medusa myth and its retelling. It was the best part.
Davinia
May 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Interesting, makes good points. However, very focused on Freudian theory and gender separation. Sometimes big generalisations were made. A result of 3rd wave 90s feminism. We have come a long way since. I liked some bits of this book very much; others made me quite uncomfortable.
Shauna Angel Blue
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book has been amazingly helpful in showing me that A) my anger IS justifiable and B) how to channel it a little bit better than I may have in the past. It also has a great Medusa story in it. I am so grateful for this book.
Erica Hruza
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Powerful mind opening stuff in there
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