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Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

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Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions--a phenomenal success that sold nearly half a million copies since its original publication in 1983--is Gloria Steinem's most diverse and timeless collection of essays. Both male and female readers have acclaimed it as a witty, warm, and life-changing view of the world--"as if women mattered." Steinem's truly personal writing is here ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 432 pages
Published October 15th 1995 by Holt McDougal (first published January 1st 1983)
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Jerome Baladad
Sep 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all non fiction writers
I bought my copy from a thrift shop because I was curious to know how Ms Steinem did a gig as a Playboy bunny in order to come up with an article that has at least 43 pages of this book. I was way more than satisfied by that article, and learned a lot from her. Imagine her doing the gig, and living to tell the story to all curious readers like myself. And continuing with the reading of book after putting it down in the meantime, so as to focus on my other readings, I rediscovered my copy again. ...more
Kendra
Oct 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
I grew up with a lot of choices. I was able to decide what to do with my life, who to love, and how to act day-to-day. It wasn't all that long ago, however, when I would not have had those rights as a woman in America.

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions is a great reflection on the struggles many before me have had to bear in order to make my liberties a reality. As interesting for me as the historical context of this book is the realization that many women, even in today's society, still d
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blue-collar mind
I read this book around 1986; picked up while working as a community organizer in Ohio, trying to to fill my lack of radical education as quickly as possible. It was probably my first feminist reading in long form and I kept it with me for the better part of a decade, re-reading parts when I felt like I needed a reminder. After reading it the first time, I remember that I felt clearer and sadder, clearer because of the no-nonsense and practical way that Steinem wrote, and sadder because I could ...more
Chris
What Steinmem would say would violate terms of service and make my laptop blow up.


Julia Reed
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It's still unclear to me how I made it through four years of Smith Colleage without ever reading "Outrageous Acts and Everday Rebellions," probably Gloria Steinem's most well known book. I'm glad that I finally got around to it, and I strongly encourage all of my fellow equality-minde sisters (and brothers) to pick this up.

"Outrageous Acts" is not really one book, but a collection of essays and articles by Steinem stretching over most of her career. From her famous/infamous "I was a Playboy Bun
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Jess
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism, non-fiction
My girlfriend wished to read this book, and since it was at my local library I picked it up. After she finished it I went ahead and decided to read it myself.

The book itself is a little dated, most of the articles are anywhere from 1960-1985, so some articles were a little uninteresting. Oh the flip side, because of the age of some of the articles, it made it very interesting to see how much has changed in the last few decades.

I am very new to feminism myself and a lot of things were shocking an
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Eva
Jun 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Interesting to read a broad swath of Steinem's work. I didn't know she was originally a journalist, so this book had essays ranging from political profiles to her undercover expose titled "I was a Playboy Bunny".

Some things I found interesting:

- Some of the issues she mentions strike me as being in the past, happily -- like women being preferentially let go since they are perceived as not needing their jobs as much as men.

- "Ms." wasn't really used until the 70s. From Wikipedia: "In February 19
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Fiona
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who is interested in background reading on feminism should read this book. The author started off as a grass-roots activist on the road in the 1970s, so it’s a very readable account touching on the history of second-wave feminist activism as well as the issues and political agenda of the time. I first read this book at Uni in the late 80s and this was a re-read, 30 years later. It shocked me how relevant the book still is. Steinhem's comment in the preface sums it up, "When I see this boo ...more
Angela
Nov 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fem, usa-usa-usa
I'm writing this review in November 2014. At the moment:

- It's illegal for a woman in Saudi Arabia to drive a car.
- Women in the US earn less than men for the same work.
- Only 10% of Wikipedia's editors are women, 11% of open source software contributors are women, and don't even get me started on trying to be an entrepreneur while female.
- This happened last month.

And so on.

Also, as a lady who writes sci-fi and loves science/tech, I sometimes run into some - hmm, what's the technical word? - i
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Allison Hiltz
Jan 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2013
Review from The Book Wheel:

About two months ago, during a class simulation, I was in the hallway speaking with several male classmates. Despite that fact that I had done my research and was an active participant, 90% of the men I was with completely ignored me, despite my overt attempts to join the conversation. It was so bad, in fact, that all but one of them walked away while I was still talking. Infuriated, I clapped my hands loudly and demanded that they listen to me. Had I not just been tre
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Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and key counterculture era political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of man ...more
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