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The Madwoman's Underclothes: Essays and Occasional Writings

By Germaine Greer

Always robust and fearless, Germaine Greer moves correct on the center of the matter—be it John F. Kennedy and vaginal deodorants, rape and synthetic insemination, plastic surgery, the dying of Jimi Hendrix, or the famine in Ethiopia. This assortment represents a mosaic of essays, lengthy and brief, a few of that are showing for the 1st time in print and all of which chafe the normal and are bristling with argument.

From the younger liveliness of her sixties items, which “got up everybody’s nose,” to the intensity and complexity of her later paintings, The Madwoman’s underwear is a mirrored image either one of an period and of the altering principles and sorts of Germaine Greer: “The essays on Brazil, Cuba, and Ethiopia characterize my coming of age. whatever like a coherent approach of values is starting to emerge after my years of wandering, even supposing i've got under no circumstances arrived at a collection of articles of religion, and not will, I hope.”

Greer’s reviews on social, political, and sexual traits and mores are tendered in her designated fashion—outspoken, with rapier wit and no tolerance for narrow-mindedness. yet as explosive, offended, and sometimes humorous as those essays are, in addition they display tenderness and unhappiness and that emotion that underlies all of Greer’s work—passionate commitment.

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The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Goddess: 20th Anniversary Edition

By Starhawk

The 20th anniversary variation of The Spiral Dance celebrates the pivotal function the ebook has had in bringing Goddess worship to the spiritual leading edge. This bestselling vintage is either an exceptional reference at the practices and philosophies of Witchcraft and a advisor to the life-affirming ways that readers can flip to the Goddess to deepen their feel of private satisfaction, advance their internal energy, and combine brain, physique, and spirit. Starhawk's fabulous, complete evaluation of the expansion, suppression, and modern day re-emergence of Wicca as a Goddess-worshipping faith has left an indelible mark at the feminist non secular cognizance.

In a brand new creation, Starhawk finds the ways that Goddess faith and the perform of formality have tailored and built over the past two decades, and she or he displays at the ways that those adjustments have encouraged and more suitable her unique rules. within the face of an ever-changing international, this worthy religious guidebook is extra proper than ever.

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Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom

By Leslie C. Bell

Hard to Get is a robust and intimate exam of the intercourse and love lives of the main liberated girls in history—twenty-something American girls who've had extra possibilities, extra optimistic function versions, and additional information than any earlier iteration. Drawing from her years of expertise as a researcher and a psychotherapist, Leslie C. Bell takes us without delay into the lives of younger women who fight to barter the complexities of sexual wish and delight, and to make experience in their traditionally precise yet contradictory constellation of possibilities and demanding situations. In candid interviews, Bell’s topics display that, regardless of having extra offerings than ever, they face nice uncertainty approximately wish, sexuality, and relationships. Ground-breaking and hugely readable, Hard to Get bargains interesting insights into the numerous ways in which intercourse, love, and pleasant relationships end up unusually elusive to those younger women as they navigate the recent emotional panorama of the twenty first century.

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Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser: Long Interviews with Hideous Men

By Clarisse Thorn

There's an immense way of life of fellows who exchange guidance, tips, and strategies for seducing ladies. in the final half-decade or so, those underground "pickup artists" have burst into the preferred awareness, aided through Neil Strauss’s bestselling publication The Game and VH1’s hit fact express The Pick-Up Artist. a few males within the seduction group are sleazy misogynists who wish not anything greater than strength and keep watch over. a few are shy wallflowers who do not know the right way to say hello to a lady. the only factor all of them have in universal is a using have to allure women.

Clarisse Thorn, a feminist S&M author and activist, spent years discovering those men. She saw their discussions, watched them in motion, and realized their suggestions. by way of the top of all of it, she'd given a lecture at a seduction conference and determined opposed to turning into the following nice relationship trainer. In Confessions of a Pickup Artist Chaser, Clarisse tells the tale of her time between those Casanovas, in addition to her personal unorthodox reports with intercourse and relationships. She examines the conflicts and harmonies of feminism, pickup artistry, and the S&M neighborhood. such a lot of all, she deconstructs and reconstructs our perspectives on intercourse, love, and ethics — and develops her personal grand thought of the game.

Find Clarisse's weblog at clarissethorn.com, or stick to her on Twitter @ClarisseThorn.

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Life and Death

By Andrea Dworkin

A suite of her so much incisive essays and unpublished speeches, existence and dying makes it transparent why Dworkin has stumbled on her position within the canon of recent political suggestion. She starts off the following with a poignant autobiographical piece, within which she recounts with infrequent tenderness her formative years in Camden, New Jersey, her political odyssey, and the crushing ache of her brother's demise. Lending her hand to tragic present occasions, or what she calls "emergencies, " just like the homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson, the Hedda Nussbaum baby abuse case, and the mass homicide of woman scholars at a faculty in Montreal, Dworkin makes transparent in her inimitable approach the most obvious issues we stubbornly miss out on. eventually, she courses us again to the middle concerns at stake in women's lives - pornography, household violence, rape, and prostitution - and reminds us that even after a long time of feminist so-called development, gender is an ongoing battle.

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Nights at the Circus

By Angela Carter

Sophi Fevvers—the toast of Europe's capitals, courted by way of the Prince of Wales, painted by means of Toulouse-Lautrec—is an aerialiste extraordinaire, megastar of Colonel Kearney's circus. She is additionally half lady, half swan. Jack Walser, an American journalist, is on a quest to find Fevvers's actual identification: Is she half swan or all pretend? Dazzled by way of his love for Fevvers, and determined for the news of a life-time, Walser joins the circus on its journey. the adventure takes him—and the reader—on an intoxicating journey via turn-of-the-century London, St. Petersburg, and Siberia—a journey so magical that purely Angela Carter can have created it.

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Voices of the Women's Health Movement, Volume 2

An remarkable and definitive choice of rabble-rousing writings on women’s health and wellbeing, Voices of the Women’s overall healthiness circulation explores more than a few provocative subject matters from reproductive rights to sexuality to motherhood. Trail-blazing suggest Barbara Seaman and well-being activist Laura Eldridge deliver the innovative rules of a number of generations jointly during this strong new booklet celebrating women’s our bodies, and women’s voices. The greater than 200 members comprise Jennifer Baumgardner, Susan Brownmiller, Phyllis Chesler, Angela Y. Davis, Barbara Ehrenreich, Germaine Greer, Shulamith Firestone, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Erica Jong, Molly Haskell, Shere Hite, Susie Orbach, Judith Rossner, Alix Kates Shulman, Gloria Steinem, Sojourner fact, Rebecca Walker, Naomi Wolf, etc. With Voices of the Women’s well-being Movement, for the 1st time, each lady and lady can adventure in a single position the strong heritage of stirring phrases and robust woman views that experience encouraged numerous girls to take keep watch over in their well-being and their lives.

Volume highlights contain influential writings on intercourse, rape and violence opposed to ladies, physique picture, expert consent, self-help gynecology, sufferer advocacy, and the mind-body connection.

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Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left

The ladies most important to the feminist move that emerged within the 1960's arrived at their dedication and recognition based on the unforeseen and sometimes shattering event of getting their paintings minimized, even passed over, by way of the boys they thought of to be their colleagues and fellow crusaders within the civil rights and radical New Left hobbies. at the foundation of years of study, interviews with dozens of the vital figures, and her personal own event, Evans explores how the political stance of those girls used to be catalyzed and formed through their sharp disillusionment at a time whilst their talents as political activists have been newly and hugely built, allowing them to hitch forces to aid their very own reason.

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Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living

By Jes Baker

Things not anyone Will inform fats Girls is a manifesto and phone to fingers for individuals of all sizes and a while. along with her trademark wit, veteran blogger and recommend Jes Baker calls humans all over to embody a body-positive worldview, altering perceptions approximately weight, and making psychological well-being a priority.

Alongside striking visitor essayists, Jes stocks own reports paired with in-depth examine in a manner that's approachable, digestible, and empowering. Things not anyone Will inform fats Girls is a call for participation to reject fats prejudice, struggle body-shaming by the hands of the media, and sign up for this life-changing move with one step: switch the realm by means of loving your body.

Among the numerous Things not anyone Will inform fats Girls that you just don’t are looking to miss:
1. It’s attainable to like Your physique (Today. Now.)
2. you could teach Your mind to Play Nice
3. Your Weight isn't a mirrored image Of Your Worth
4. altering Your Tumblr Feed Will swap Your Life
5. Salad won't Get You to Heaven
6. Cheesecake won't ship You to Hell

If you are a individual with a physique, this booklet is for you.

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Blood and Guts in High School: A Novel

By Kathy Acker

Kathy Acker was once a high-wire author. She took hazards. She experimented for the sake of it. She made error. She fell. She by no means sought after a modest luck, and so her books, them all, swing from passages of topflight bravura, the place you're thinking that, "How did she do that?" to a sawdust-in-your-mouth form of feeling that you simply are looking to spit out. She is a thrilling, exasperating author who desires you within the ring along with her, in the course of the highs and the lows. there has been constantly anything touching and trusting approximately Acker's trust that her viewers wouldn't desire a soft entire made from the sort they can purchase at any dime shop, yet would like to be in at the procedure -- flying while she did, falling while she did, not anything leveled out or homogenized.

She was once prior to her time. there isn't any doubt approximately that. Acker fairly used to be interactive artwork. it truly is why she fronted bands -- such a lot famously The Mekons at the CD of Pussy, King of the Pirates -- in case you have not heard it, purchase it now. it truly is why her readings have been extra like level exhibits than these creepy literary occasions the place a few dude mumbles in a monotone for part an hour. to determine Kathy in her leopard-skin leotard, decrease of crimson lipstick, gym-honed muscle tissue, possibly a dildo, often a backing music, seduce a packed crowd with that beautiful voice and figuring out childlike glance used to be to find how intriguing artwork may be. no longer rarefied, now not back-dated, no longer uninteresting, simply anything you unexpectedly sought after -- how you unexpectedly are looking to be kissed through anyone you hadn't even checked out before.

Okay, so Acker used to be artwork as functionality and language as wish, yet was once she a massive author? definite. very important paintings regularly has chance in it. that does not suggest that every one dicy paintings is important,but it does suggest that security will get us nowhere. In technological know-how this is often self-evident. within the arts, and especially literature, we nonetheless moan and groan at scan. simply gimme an excellent tale, we are saying, with a starting, heart, and finish. good, Acker will not do this for you, yet she is going to assist you get high.

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