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Free and Female

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  3 reviews
the new sexual role of women
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 12th 1980 by Fawcett (first published 1980)
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Rachel Jackson
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Free and Female was a book I originally picked up (for free at a bookstore) with amused skepticism: I thought it was going to be some kind of cringeworthy analysis of women's sexuality. And it kind of was an analysis, I'll grant author Barbara Seaman that, despite her unfortunate last name in this area. But it was actually quite a bit more insightful and interesting than I expected. Seaman discussed women's rights, birth control, anatomy and physiology, and much more about female sexuality than I was ...more
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The first copy I owned of Free was a battered old paperback, which gave me license as I saw it to underline the most cogent, illuminating passages for quick reference in the future. I finally had to give this up, however, as I very quickly found myself underlining whole paragraphs per page, every page.
Ms. Seaman takes us on a guided tour of the entire spectrum of female sexuality rarely equaled before or since for its honest, science-based appraisal of one of the more misunderstood of femi
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Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Her opinion is blatant in the book and of course I continue to be skeptical of taking all she argues in this book as truth. However, I find this book informational about different cultures in different parts of the world. And oddly this book is still relevant because of the discrimination that continues to happen towards women. There should be more of a discussion in regards to the discrimination and the attitude towards women of color.
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One of the most tireless health advocates, Barbara Seaman (1935-2008) was co-founder of the National Women's Health Network, and a pioneer in a new style of health reporting that focused on patient rights. Her groundbreaking investigative book, The Doctors' Case Against the Pill (1969), prompted Senate hearings in 1970 that led to a warning label on oral contraceptives and the drastic lowering of est ...more