For decades, people around the world have found guidance, humour and unity in Gloria Steinem’s gift for creating quotes that offer hope and inspire action. From her early days as a journalist and feminist activist, Steinem’s words have helped generations to empower themselves and work together.
Covering topics from relationships (‘Many are looking for the right person. Too few are trying to be the right person.’) to the patriarchy (‘Men are liked better when they win. Women are liked better when they lose. This is how the patriarchy is enforced every day.’ ) and activism (‘Revolutions, like trees, grow from the bottom up.’ ) this book will make you want to laugh, march and create quotes of your own.
Clearly you need to have a very open mind to read this book because is true many things Gloria talks about are either controversial (even when they shouldn’t) and by experience I can tell there are plenty of closed mind and judgemental women and men out there. One of the part I felt more touched was about motherhood and how society and even for cultures the only reason of existence of any woman is to have babies, don’t give me wrong I’m not against women that want to become a mum, actually I know a couple of them amazing of finding balance, the problem is when you have kids because is “time to settle down” not because is a choice just because your happiness depends on someone else. For anyone who got the looks and comments for the child free decision this book let you know that you are not alone and definitely you are not wrong or you are not selfish as many times I was labelled.
Many topics are included and clearly another one that resonated a lot with me was family, as someone who had to basically pay and carry with all my mother frustrations (till today she is trying to persuade me to study medicine) I truly like how the book tell us the ugly true yes family is important and it doesn’t necessarily have to dysfunctional to create fears and cut our confidence, i managed to realise late in life that many of my insecurities were created by my mother and today I see my sister projecting her insecurities on my niece, in the effort of giving the best to our kids we can truly screw it up BUT sometimes you need someone else to make you notice that.
I love the book because it made me feel like I wasn’t alone, there are plenty of women living the same and far more important is the presence of feminism but not the toxic feminism, I’m talking about the one works towards less patriarchal oppression (we are not even talking about countries where they use the violence and war as tool to exterminate women) to finally make ourselves the question, “How are we raising our children?”
I recommend it if you want a nice read with a bit of fresh air on a society you can’t openly talk without being judged badly (specially on social media)
- Publisher: Murdoch Books
- ISBN: 9781911632597
- Number of pages: 192
- Weight: 558 g
- Dimensions: 210 x 140 mm
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