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Wendy, a Woman After My Own Heart
am 19. Januar 2000
Wendy Shalit is a definite breath of fresh air. With a very uncompromising voice lifted in outrage at what the modern woman is expected to be, act and feel, she provides a very cogent statement to other women.
Her first bit of good fortune was to miss the standard fourth grade (and beyond) sex education that is foisted on American children in public schools. By being able to remain outside the experience of the current form of boy-girl teasing and harassment that goes on, she was able to take a divergent path in being able to perceive the landmines in the landscape.
She takes on the 'accepted' views of today's feminists, as well as the minimalization of conservatives, and scores point after point. She backs up her ideas and thoughts with numerous citations that leave the reader feeling that she is sure Ms. Shalit knows what she is talking about.
Her humor is very enjoyable, not many true belly laughs, but plenty of light moments. Still, she is able to drive home, forcefully, the very serious problems that have been plaguing our young women. The insight into the problems and ability to connect with the reader are particular points of merit in this book.
I'm sure there are going to be a number of older, crusty people who will chivvy her because of her youth, arrogance, presumption, etc., etc., etc. Don't listen to them. Read the book and make up your own mind... don't be held in thrall by modernistic ideas that end up being millstones around the necks of our young, adult women.