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  1. 5 out of 5

    Viraj Sawant

    There's a statement in the book 'Second Sex' which says when it comes to gender equality, 'Nominalism' is an insufficient doctrine. The inequality along gender line is so deeply entrenched that it will take a long time to be able to understand the under-currents that brought us to the unequal society we currently live in. This book, collection of essays written by Gloria Steinem, helps a great deal in our understanding of this issue. I personally felt that I learned a good number of things, nuan There's a statement in the book 'Second Sex' which says when it comes to gender equality, 'Nominalism' is an insufficient doctrine. The inequality along gender line is so deeply entrenched that it will take a long time to be able to understand the under-currents that brought us to the unequal society we currently live in. This book, collection of essays written by Gloria Steinem, helps a great deal in our understanding of this issue. I personally felt that I learned a good number of things, nuances of inequality. Some of the essays are from decades ago and those biases, or lines of thought may not be prevalent today, but I felt it's important to know them. After all, we learn from the past. Ms. Ruchira Gupta's introduction to each chapter gives a contemporary context. Summarily, I think it's a definite read for everybody. One of the books, that help you evolve by some degree, however minute it may be.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Preeti

    This is a must read for every man and woman in their 20s, because it connects the dots between inequality, caste, political conservatism to gender oppression. Steinem's years in India and her understanding of the Indian situation is insightful. This is a must read for every man and woman in their 20s, because it connects the dots between inequality, caste, political conservatism to gender oppression. Steinem's years in India and her understanding of the Indian situation is insightful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Karn Kher

    I don't think it will radically alter your point of view. I don't think it aims to either. What it will do and strives to, is nudge you towards that side of society, history, language, politics and economy wherein inequality exists between genders. You might not agree with her completely always, you might dissent but you cannot dismiss without a deep thought the book's point of view. A must read for the current generation to understand the journey women have undertaken to reach where we are. I don't think it will radically alter your point of view. I don't think it aims to either. What it will do and strives to, is nudge you towards that side of society, history, language, politics and economy wherein inequality exists between genders. You might not agree with her completely always, you might dissent but you cannot dismiss without a deep thought the book's point of view. A must read for the current generation to understand the journey women have undertaken to reach where we are.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jemana

    Everyone should read some feminist literature, and Steinem is definitely a good place to start in my opinion. Easy to read and thought-provoking, her essays are generally still relevant in today's America and certainly in other parts of the world. And those essays that may seem outdated provide some historical background for "women who have no history," as Rosalind Miles so aptly puts it in her book, "Who Cooked The Last Supper." This book has encouraged me to further pursue self-education in th Everyone should read some feminist literature, and Steinem is definitely a good place to start in my opinion. Easy to read and thought-provoking, her essays are generally still relevant in today's America and certainly in other parts of the world. And those essays that may seem outdated provide some historical background for "women who have no history," as Rosalind Miles so aptly puts it in her book, "Who Cooked The Last Supper." This book has encouraged me to further pursue self-education in the fields of feminism and women's history.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Swati Priyadarsini

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is my first read on feminism and I am glad I picked this book. Before I read any of Steinem's book, I had come across the school thought according to which Steinem borders more on the men-hating feminist. At first, I was a bit disappointed to see these essays written in 70's and 80's. I was like how relevant could they be? This book proved it otherwise as I read pages after pages.. Steinem has beautifully covered how important it is for women to work not just for financial needs but to tap This is my first read on feminism and I am glad I picked this book. Before I read any of Steinem's book, I had come across the school thought according to which Steinem borders more on the men-hating feminist. At first, I was a bit disappointed to see these essays written in 70's and 80's. I was like how relevant could they be? This book proved it otherwise as I read pages after pages.. Steinem has beautifully covered how important it is for women to work not just for financial needs but to tap one's inner potential and enjoy the process of being productive to the society. Steinem's brand of feminism doesn't seem to sex-negative but she is very much opposed to exploitation of women in prostitution and pornography. Her essay on Erotica vs Pornography delineates a picture very much relevant to India, the place where I belong. For every one women I know who chooses prostitution as a means for extra cash or full-time profession, there might be scores who can't change their employers or procession at will and face violence at the hands of their 'clients'. In one of her essays Romance versus Love, she has explained how lack of self-esteem leads people into wrong relationships. So many women I see around me try so hard to stay back in relationships where they have little respect because they are simply hoping for a dream/fantasy to come true instead to being the person they would love to love and settling for a person whom they really love. And not those whose projection in future they would love! Getting into a relationship with an aim to change the other person is not worthwhile and IMO shows lack of integrity in character. I loved how she says that treating either sex as unequal robs women and men of full humanity! This book was certainly enlightening and I am looking forward to reading more books on feminism not just by Gloria Steinem, but by many other feminists in order to have a balanced view.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Divya

    Must read feminist essays.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shivangi

    I only read two essays in this book: "What is Self Esteem?" and "Romance vs Love" and they transformed my life. Steinem weaves together a critical examination of various scholarly and literary works to explain to the reader why romance is an obsessive pattern of seeking control over another person, stemming from gendered societal norms, self esteem issues, and our inability to fully find and love our true selves. She evokes character analysis from Jane Eyre and contrasts it with Wuthering Height I only read two essays in this book: "What is Self Esteem?" and "Romance vs Love" and they transformed my life. Steinem weaves together a critical examination of various scholarly and literary works to explain to the reader why romance is an obsessive pattern of seeking control over another person, stemming from gendered societal norms, self esteem issues, and our inability to fully find and love our true selves. She evokes character analysis from Jane Eyre and contrasts it with Wuthering Heights, and sprinkles the analysis with her own personal experiences with dating to make for an extremely humane and kind dive into the complicated nature of human self-perceptions and relationships. This book, like I said, transformed the way I look at love, and it edged me closer to a framework to look at all my current relationships with. Going through a tough post breakup phase, it made me realise that what I felt for my partner was not love but an obsession with romance. And more importantly, her words have made me want to heal myself by finding what I am truly capable of loving. Some quotes from "Romance vs Love" which I cherished (I actually ended up highlighting more than half the essay because there is just endless wisdom and insight in there): "But if romance has its source in an incompleteness of self, it's unlikely to turn into love: the neediness and low self-esteem of the lovers is the worst adversary of anything deeper and more lasting." "Romance is an intense form of curiosity" "To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company." "Perhaps that's what love is: the momentary or prolonged refusal to think of another person in terms of power."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gayathri

    What I like about this book is that each preceding each essay is a note by Ruchira Gupta- a literal hero(ine) who saves trafficked woman in India. She talks about each essay and how it relates to the Indian context which was very nice. She has even organized the essays in such a thoughtful manner, and her selection of the essays is extremely broad covering various types of issues- really making this book "The essential gloria steinman reader". Gloria Steinman is an amazing writer. It shocked me What I like about this book is that each preceding each essay is a note by Ruchira Gupta- a literal hero(ine) who saves trafficked woman in India. She talks about each essay and how it relates to the Indian context which was very nice. She has even organized the essays in such a thoughtful manner, and her selection of the essays is extremely broad covering various types of issues- really making this book "The essential gloria steinman reader". Gloria Steinman is an amazing writer. It shocked me so many times to see that her essays were written in the 1970s because a lot her ideas and essays are even more ahead than 2021. She makes you think with each and every essay, and there were so many times I was overwhelmed with emotion wanting to give this book 10 stars. I thought with the heavy topics I'd end up feeling stressed but that wasn't the case because she writes in a way that's thought provoking but doesn't scare the living daylights out of you. Also while reading her works you get the feeling that there are no borders between people it's so naturally and effortlessly inclusive. This book has fundamentally changed the way I see the world. I thought I knew a lot, but it's a great reminder that it's always a good time to learn.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Saima

    I often find people with misconception about feminism, often encounter women struggling to understand what sort of rebel they need to be to make a positive change in this world for women. loved steinem's idea of listening to people, taking to the people before making any outrageous comment on any socio-economic system. loved her zeal, passion for feminism...the world needs more women like her. I often find people with misconception about feminism, often encounter women struggling to understand what sort of rebel they need to be to make a positive change in this world for women. loved steinem's idea of listening to people, taking to the people before making any outrageous comment on any socio-economic system. loved her zeal, passion for feminism...the world needs more women like her.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nika

    If men could menstruate. Enough said. I wish I had read this years ago.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Pitre

    Although I do not always agree with Gloria, I find her writing explicit, thoughtful & provocative.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheela Rahman

    This select compilation includes articles that show the evolution of the thoughts of Gloria Steinem for feminism through listening, understanding and responding to each particular situation. It should be read by all girls and women, young and old, for its historical interest and for guidance on how to continuing her trailblazing efforts to continue to advocate for change for women. I was glad to have chosen this as my first book on feminist writing. I had until now avoid any feminist reading bec This select compilation includes articles that show the evolution of the thoughts of Gloria Steinem for feminism through listening, understanding and responding to each particular situation. It should be read by all girls and women, young and old, for its historical interest and for guidance on how to continuing her trailblazing efforts to continue to advocate for change for women. I was glad to have chosen this as my first book on feminist writing. I had until now avoid any feminist reading because of their general firebrand and aggressive approach. This book has initiated for me a keen interest in women's issues and further reading. I will read and re-read this book.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Rogers

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debo

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    Jeevika

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ananya

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pragti Rathore

  18. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis York

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dhanya MG

  21. 4 out of 5

    Geethu

  22. 5 out of 5

    Avishek Bhattacharjee

  23. 5 out of 5

    Debaparna

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sondra Faye

  25. 4 out of 5

    Priyansha

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nirathya

  27. 4 out of 5

    Debarupa Biswas

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gautam Malhotra

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aisha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Debanjana Das

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