The Female Thing

The Female Thing

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With ?the gleeful, viperish wit of Dorothy Parker? (Slate), Kipnis offers a fresh and provocative assessment of the female condition in the post-post-feminist world of the twenty-first century. For every advance towards sexual equality on the part of women in recent years, she argues, some new impediment just ?seems? to appear. Ironically, feminism has run up against an unanticipated opponent: the inner woman. The Female Thing brims with bracing, funny social observations informed by psychological acuity. For all the upbeat ?You go, girl? slogans, women remain caught between feminism and femininity, between self-affirmation and an endless quest for self-improvement, between playing the injured party and claiming independence. As audacious as it is historically and socially grounded, The Female Thing explores age-old quandaries: the war between the sexes, what women ?really? want, and to what extent anatomy is destiny after all.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 16mm | 158.76g
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Main
  • 185242981X
  • 9781852429812
  • 513,401

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?The Female Thing stages an intellectual demolition derby. Competing shibboleths about womanhood crash into each other, leaving behind the smoking wreckage of dogma. Her sentences are splenetic, exasperated, and very funny indeed. Not a page passes without a piercing aper?u, a wicked aside, or a trenchant formulation... Kipnis does such a good job of burning the entire forest of old ideas to the ground that she allows a few novel shoots of green to start heading skyward? Elle ?As Kipnis sees it, the situation that educated, middle-class Western women find themselves in is fundamentally absurd. To say so ? rather than pretending the solutions are obvious ? takes nerve. To say so with both humor and sang-froid ? unlike the legions of ethically tormented personal essayists or the pratfalling clones of Bridget Jones ? takes panache? Salon
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About Laura Kipnis

Laura Kipnis is a professor of media studies at Northwestern University. She has received fellowships and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of many essays and articles on sexual politics and contemporary culture, and of the book Against Love: A Polemic.
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