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‘The most wonderful person I’d ever met’

Wendy Steiner, 28 September 1989

Waverley Place 
by Susan Brownmiller.
Hamish Hamilton, 294 pp., £12.95, August 1989, 0 241 12804 8
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... taboo and threatened class identity. This simultaneous recognition and denial are apparent in Susan Brownmiller’s comment that Steinberg was ‘a familiar type. I’ve gone out with men like this,’ whereas Nussbaum ‘looked like nothing human’. How do we connect the good-looking Jewish lawyer from Greenwich Village with the inhuman wreckage he ...


Arthur Marwick: On Beauty, 21 February 1985

... and I have been greatly helped by some recent American publications, including Femininity by Susan Brownmiller and American Beauty by Lois Banner. The former courageously suggests that women’s preoccupation with fashion and cosmetics has less to do with male-dominated standards and more to do with the instincts and needs of women themselves. The ...

As Many Pairs of Shoes as She Likes

Jenny Turner: On Feminism, 15 December 2011

... Morgan (Sisterhood Is Powerful, 1970), wry and ready for her interview in enormous tinted shades; Susan Brownmiller (Against Our Will, 1975), calmly browbeating a smarmy male editor during the Ladies’ Home Journal sit-in of 1970. And Germaine Greer, of course, a feather-cut hipster dryad: ‘It’s a cinch to have an orgasm. I can give an orgasm to my ...

Orgasm isn’t my bag

Vivian Gornick: On the ‘Village Voice’, 6 June 2024

The Freaks Came out to Write: The Definitive History of the ‘Village Voice’, the Radical Paper That Changed American Culture 
by Tricia Romano.
Public Affairs, 571 pp., £27.50, February, 978 1 5417 3639 9
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... and gay liberation. The Voice dived right in, with Richard Goldstein leading the way for gays and Susan Brownmiller for feminists. Many on staff found both causes consuming and were grateful for the paper’s support. I, for one, instantly on the barricades for radical feminism, began to see sexism everywhere and to write nonstop about it. If I read a ...

Dark Emotions

Jenny Turner: The Women’s Liberation Movement, 24 September 2020

directed by Philippa Lowthorpe.
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directed by the Berwick Street Film Collective.
Lux/Koenig/Raven Row, £24, July 2019
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Sisterhood and After: An Oral History of the UK Women's Liberation Movement, 1968-present 
by Margaretta Jolly.
Oxford, 334 pp., £22.99, November 2019, 978 0 19 065884 7
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... being terrorised for years.’In the bestseller Against Our Will, published in 1975, the American Susan Brownmiller characterised rape and the threat of rape as ‘nothing more or less than a conscious process of intimidation by which all men keep all women in a state of fear’. The abuse that stealthily destroyed the lives of so many girls and women ...

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