Crochet sweater / Topshop white tank / Les Éclaires slim jeans, $420 / Oxford shoes, $26
Yves Saint Laurent card holder wallet / Carolee necklace, $19
The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer
Harper Perennial Modern Classics (1970)
432 pages, 3 stars
ABOUT THE BOOK: The Female Eunuch was a groundbreaking book of essays when it was published in 1970. She candidly discusses sexuality, relationships, menstruation, and social ideas of femininity for middle-class, white women. Though it is too much to expect her to have been more inclusive, the racist asides in the book can be quite shocking.
I can see how this book would be liberating for some women when it was published. Her ideas of sexuality go against most of what girls were taught in the 60s, and her liberal views would have been rare for many women to be exposed to at the time. And in today’s over-sexualized society, it is good to revisit questions like what is female sexuality? How is it manifested naturally and what parts are constructed by society?
The academic style of these essays, with long block quotes, became tiring over time. This is not a book to sit down and read for hours. It’s more digestible in chunks. Warning: be prepared to be depressed, if the world was as bad as this book says for middle class women, just think what it was for those less privileged. Though we still have far to go when it comes to equality, we have come at least some of the way.
FASHION FRIDAY: My dear little feminist, burn your bra (who needs it?!) and throw on this tank that’s as unapologetically white as you are. Sexual liberation doesn’t come at the price of being sexy (i.e. appealing to a man by being a sexual object without agency). Revel in the extra room this cream sweater provides. It’s perfect for curling up on the couch with a good book.
Pair your loose sweater with these green/brown pants, which match the cover of your international bestseller. As you tackle the oppression of women, you search for symbols of “real” womanhood. This necklace is full of little triangles that represent your lady bits, which you are so in tune with–though the rest of us have a long way to go before we are truly in touch with our bodies.
High heels are high fashion and you want nothing to do with that. These brown Oxfords are simple and comfortable, not to mention they look smart.
Women are socially conditioned to think they need a handbag for all of their pieces. For you, this pink wallet will do. The color may be feminine, but you put it in your back pocket like a man.