This book re-evaluates a century and a half of advice to women from experts; it shows how experts have taken over women's age-old skills and set themselves up as authorities whose advice is "for her own good" but whose guidance often contains arrogant and unscientific judgments about women's body, mind, and nature; inscribed by Barbara Ehrenreich on the front end paper (black quarter cloth with gold lettering on spine & brown paper-covered boards with embossed Anchor/Doubleday symbol on the front cover; ends of spine slightly bumped; dust jacket has a few small edge tears and chips; otherwise a good, clean, tight copy). Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: A provocative new perspective on female history, the history of American medicine and psychology, and the history of child-rearing unlike any other.
Review: This dense, well-argued classic underscores the need to take expert advice with a shaker of salt. Barbara Ehrenreich and Deirdre English ably show that many experts gleefully hammer recalcitrant souls into a shape acceptable to society, rather than encouraging people to find their own way. The book plunges into 150 years of misbegotten advice to women and questionable insights into feminine nature that have many modern parallels. In the service of better living through science, women have undergone deprivational rest cures that most war rules would disallow, submitted to surgical bludgeoning of ovaries and uterus to quell a list of unladylike behaviors, and humbly followed childcare advice that amounted to abuse. Though slanted by its bent toward worst cases and offenses against only one sex, it offers much to mull over for hopeful seekers of mix-and-bake directions for a better life.
Title: For Her Own Good: 150 Years of the Experts' ...
Publisher: Anchor Press
Publication Date: 1978
Binding: Quarter Cloth
Book Condition: Very Good
Edition: First Edition
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Book Description Anchor Press, 1978. Condition: Fair. 1st ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP92805871
Book Description Anchor Press, 1978. Condition: Fair. 1st ed. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Seller Inventory # GRP14485579
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Book Description Anchor Press, Garden City, N.Y., 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. 0385126506 Very good in very good nicked dust jacket. Later printing. Quality, Value, Experience. Media Shipped in New Boxes. Seller Inventory # BING90213963
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Book Description Anchor Press, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. First Edition. Signed by Author 0385126506 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by Barbara Ehrenreich on the title page without inscription. Seller Inventory # 006334
Book Description Anchor Press, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P020385126506
Book Description Anchor Press, 1978. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110385126506