Greer has style, May 12, 2002
Reviewer: Jennifer "jennifer10402" (New York, New York United States)
I read Greer's The Whole Woman, her most recent endeavor, before reading The Female Eunuch--suddenly I understood why the reviews of the Whole Woman were so tepid-to-awful. I liked it, but reading Eunuch I realized that this woman had incredible style and swagger, but that she had written a much more delicious and fearless book back in 1970.
In the intervening years, so much has changed for women (because of feminism) that Greer's antics and ability to go head to head with macho rakes/serious artists (like she did with Norman Mailer in an infamous Town Hall meeting) is less notable. Still, Eunuch bristles with energy and youth and it makes me think, even though I was certainly not raised in the repressive forties and fifties.
I think that this book is definitely worth reading, especially to see how far we've come.
Out of all the feminist classics, this one is by far my favorite. Germaine Greer casts light on how traditional institutions such as marriage in there modern form at our more modern than we think, and are actually highly unnatural to the human condition. Moreover, she effectively uses the archetype of the unit to describe how restrictions society imposes upon women. Their sexuality in particular, effectively castrates them, to the detriment of heterosexual love and interpersonal relations at the micro and macro social levels. Highly recommended.
"Pretty dumb book" says my psychologist friend.