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Am I a Woman? : A Skeptic's Guide to Gender - Cynthia Eller

Am I a Woman?

A Skeptic's Guide to Gender

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Published: 1st August 2004
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What is it that really makes a woman a woman? Is it anatomy? Does she behave differently than men? Does it matter how others perceive her? In this sharp, funny, and insightful book, Cynthia Eller discovers that the answer is harder to pinpoint than it might seem.

"Reading Cynthia Eller's latest book is like having a spirited late-night talk with a close friend. . . . Eller's conversational tone demystifies the statistics and will leave readers of either gender questioning the roles we so readily assume each day." —Elle.com

"Why should this [book] matter? Because, Eller writes, only 14 percent of Congress is female; few among the Fortune 500 CEOs are women; a woman's right to an abortion is still under attack and 683,000 rapes occur each year in the United States." —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

"Eller . . . hits the bulls-eye with brilliant, amusing truisms about the sexes." —Janet Sassi, Library Journal

Reading Cynthia Eller's book is like having a spirited late-night talk with a close friend . . . The intensely personal nature of this inquiry for Eller means that she is learning as much as telling, and material drawn from her own life-musings on the social discomfort of armpit hair, stories of her friend who is known as the GWB (guy with breasts) simply because of her lack of overt emotionalism-shines. --Elle.com

"Cynthia Eller writes with brilliance and humor, and her book enables us to look at womanhood-among other things-with new eyes. As I read this delightful and subversive book, I often felt the ground shifting beneath me. Am I a Woman? contains equal measures of fine scholarship and common sense. One of the best books on gender-or anything-written this year."--Jennifer Finney Boylan, author of She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders

"According to Eller . . . sex is 'inextricably mixed up-at least for now-with sexism.' If feminists embrace her radical understanding of gender, Eller hopes to instigate a redirection of our unequal society."--Fran Willing, Bust

"Canny and witty." --Michelle Burford, O Magazine

"In this breezy, funny treatise, Eller draws from her own 'normal' life to demonstrate the myriad mundane ways in which gender is not cut and dried. Behind this provocative inquiry is her hope to bridge the gap between women who call themselves feminists and the ones who (believe in dignity, independence, and equality, but . . .) don't."--Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, coauthors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future

What Is a Woman?p. 1
Under the Axis: The Physiology of Sexp. 19
Feeling for Others: Women and Emotionp. 40
Walking the Walk: Acting Like a Womanp. 66
Who's Looking? The Judgment of Othersp. 95
Why This Mattersp. 124
Notesp. 137
Acknowledgmentsp. 139
Indexp. 143
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ISBN: 9780807075098
ISBN-10: 0807075094
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 12.7  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.2