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The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
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I think this book has some really important observations and ideas. I also think that in some ways it is exceptionally dated in terms of the science it references, and attitudes towards transgendered individuals. Having spent most of my adult life involved with sex positivity, I find a lot of her sexual attitudes kind of quaint, even given that they were extremely progressive at the time.

The book is written with exceptionally academic language, which I can see being offputting to anyone who is not already in possession of a Marxist Feminist Dialectic (which does indeed bring all the boys to the yard). She's also got the typical academic view of communism, focusing on what she thinks it is/was, rather than the realities. As an antidote to that view I suggest the book, "How We Survived Communism and Even Laughed."

Academic Marxists hate Russian History majors, and it's kind of reciprocal.

That said, I'm glad I'm reading it. It is a seminal work in the field, it has a lot of good ideas in it, I just wish it was slightly less dated.
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