The Female Eunuch.
The Female Eunuch.
The Female Eunuch.

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The Female Eunuch.

London: MacGibbon & Kee Ltd., 1970. First edition. Maroon paper covered boards. 354pp. Author's photograph to rear dustwrapper flap by Pete Sanders.


Greer's best-known work and a key text of the feminist movement in the 1970s. Much of the book was written in her downstairs studio at the Pheasantry in Chelsea, and her article, 'The Politics of Female Sexuality', for the Cunt Power issue of Oz (#29, July 1970) paved the way for its publication in October 1970. In it, she argues that women suffer not from penis envy, as Freud believed, but from the castration of their true female personality, calling for an unleashing of female energy.


Like Richard Neville's 'Play Power', published earlier in the same year, 'The Female Eunuch' is wide-ranging in its scope, mixing a scholarly history of writings on women with radical polemic, though its influence was far greater. It became a bestseller and thrust Greer into the media spotlight, though, as a maverick thinker and individualist, she was criticised, then as now, for her absence from the collective political struggles of the women's movement.


Head and tail of spine slightly tender, o/w Very Good plus in somewhat severely price-clipped dw., with, as usual, the pink lettering to the spine panel slightly faded.

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