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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing
This is an incredibly empowering book for women. No longer do we need to think of ourselves in a manner of either being a virgin or a whore. I only wish I would have read this three years ago, before I became desperate not to be seen as the former. The history of women's sexuality was particularily wonderful. Though I took sex ed in the 80s and 90s, we still were being...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good memoir; naive author.
Intelligent adult women need to write more about their coming of age. Wolf has done just that, and writes well. (The best book of this genre is Annie Dillard's "An American Childhood".) This book is also a telling document about what it meant to grow up in the 60s and 70s, a period when the prevailing sexual hedonism came into flower. However, I doubt that La...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Weakest Wolf yet., 14. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Promiscuities (Taschenbuch)
This book was a memoir, and, if I may say so, a very superficially written one. Which is a shame, because a real memoir of Wolf's life would probably be quite interesting.
Wolf's purported discussion of the sexual maturation in young women deals with little more than her own experience and that of her circle of friends. Which is also a shame, because a seriously written book on this topic would also be interesting.
But Wolf treds a painfully dull and over-hyped path with this book, which manages to hide her considerable intellect almost completely under trite melancholy reminisces. Utterly failing to provide any insight into adolescence's turbulence, Wolf laments her psuedo-tragic past and suggests ill-thought-out "solutions" for preventing such pain.
This autobiography is not really an autobiography at all, as it only covers a few years of her life, and doesn't delve into her psyche or experience at all, except with regard to her (huge) virgin/whore complex. It might be a very compelling book about her adult life as she struggles with her feminist beliefs and the backlash to "The Beauty Myth," but it's not. So if you are interested in Wolf as a thinker, you're out of luck.
But if you're interested in the complex social navigations of young women in our society and how those interactions have affected our culture's view of women, you're out of luck too. Any discussion about this issue is about as deep as a puddle.
The real shame of this is how much I like Naomi Wolf, and how much "The Beauty Myth" meant to me. And if one looks hard enough in this text, you may take something out of it. However, something went horribly wrong with this sophomoric, pseudo-intellectual book from a very smart author.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good memoir; naive author., 5. Januar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Promiscuities (Taschenbuch)
Intelligent adult women need to write more about their coming of age. Wolf has done just that, and writes well. (The best book of this genre is Annie Dillard's "An American Childhood".) This book is also a telling document about what it meant to grow up in the 60s and 70s, a period when the prevailing sexual hedonism came into flower. However, I doubt that La Wolf's memoir tells all; I suspect that a lot was (rightly) left out of this book, out of respect for the author's parents, siblings, spouse, and child.
The book's flaw is the author's naivete about desire, carnality, and the dark side of human nature. She doesn't seem to appreciate the extent to which her she is a product of her place and time. San Francisco and California have always been exceptions and trend setters. A whole generation grew up there believing that sexual restraint and boundaries were merely manifestations of outdated "hang-ups". She fails to see that her life story gives the lie to her parents' academic idealism, and to the ideology underlying the sex education her grandmother advocated in the 50s. The author also does not seem to appreciate the extent to which her thinking and her emotions are products of her secular Jewish upbringing.
Wolf's generation has imperfectly relearned via bitter experience the wisdom of the ages, namely that human sexual urges are potentially destructive of health, happiness and sanity. That women and children need the protection of marriage and the criminal law. That adolescents should be shielded from deliberate sexual arousal. (She does see that erotica and sex toys should be marketed in ways that limit the ability of under 18s to encounter such stuff.) That girls must be protected from peer pressures to become sexual. That the sad fruits of the sexual hedonism of the past 30-40 years proves that intellectual and moral conservatives have a strong case.
I doubt that Wolf's suggested answer to the problems posed by teen lust, amely allowing teens to engage in mutual masturbation and oral sex, while insisting properly that they refrain from intercourse, will work. My generation (the 60s in Midwestern industrial cities) tried that, and the sexual free-for-all that was the 70s still occurred there, with much heartbreak.
I would like to read what Christine Hoff Sommers or Camille Paglia would do with Wolf's material.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Definitely dare not speak for all of us., 28. Mai 1998
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Puh-leese!!! I still can't believe that anybody of my generation seriously liked "Tonight's the Night" as anything other than a bit of satire. I think Rod Stewart is so cheesy that he is bound to become the Wayne Newton of our generation. Young girls wanting a boyish older man!!! That ought to make pedophiles happy!!! Certainly not my case!!! That's for starters. It's always interesting to read anybody's memoirs, but for a book supposedly about desire, it talked a lot about events which transpired, but very little about feelings, either emotional or physical, nor much about hopes and dreams, and how they were formed by such events. I probably had a more sheltered or restricted adolescent life (or did I?) but my emotional life was much richer. Also, there was too much talk about what was "learned" from said events, without much questioning of those lessons. What's the matter, in your adolescent years, were you so docile that you never got angry?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing, 14. Juni 1999
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This is an incredibly empowering book for women. No longer do we need to think of ourselves in a manner of either being a virgin or a whore. I only wish I would have read this three years ago, before I became desperate not to be seen as the former. The history of women's sexuality was particularily wonderful. Though I took sex ed in the 80s and 90s, we still were being taught that it was always the boy who made the first move, and it was up to the girl to say no. (In other words, it is her fault when things go all the way.) It is depressing that no matter how far we come, we still regress back to that. This book should be required reading for every sex ed teacher, every school-aged girl, every school-aged boy, every parent. Want an insight into the mind of a female teenager? Things haven't changed much since Wolf was a teen 30 years ago. This book changed -- probably forever -- the way I view matters of sex and sexuality.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book, inaccurate tagline, 7. Dezember 1998
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Promiscuities (Taschenbuch)
Naomi Wolf strikes home here with a book that will resonate with a lot of people, especially those born between 1960 and 1970 and raised on one of the coasts. Unlike her past works, Promiscuities is a very personal story; she has a lot to say about her own experiences and those of the girls and women she grew up with. The earlier parts of the book are stronger than the finish, but it's worth getting to the end anyway.
One problem: the tagline used for the paperback edition ("The Secret Struggle for Womanhood") might lead the reader to expect a book with answers rather than questions, more like Ms. Wolf's previous books. The tagline of the hardcover edition ("An Ordinary American Girlhood") is better, though it perhaps misleads the reader about the universality of her experiences.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Saved by PROMISCUITIES, 28. Januar 2000
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Promiscuities (Taschenbuch)
Naomi Wolf, called "naive" and "sloppy" by middle aged reviewers, speaks to a younger audience in a voice that is frank and concise.
I first read Promiscuities at the age of 15 while in the south of France on my first "summer program" experience...bought the book as something to read on the plane but wound up completely engrossed over and over again. I was away from home for an extended period of time for the first time in my life...confronted with sexuality from all angles. Wolfe's words, her stories and anecdotes, made SENSE of the "rites of passage" I was unconsciously experiencing.
Heartfelt thanks to the author, a woman who is not afraid to "tell it like it is" and who offers sincere advice to young women in the world today.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating and compelling!, 5. Februar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Promiscuities (Taschenbuch)
I enjoyed "Promiscuities" so much that I found myself continually marking up pages and asterisking sections as they described situations I had lived through but could not articulate. I found this book to be incredibly insightful. Finally a book that discusses how it feels to be a young woman, struggling with her burgeoning sexuality, in a world that denies and degrades female sexual power. While Wolfe's perspective on this issue is largely white, middle class, and could have included more ethnic attitudes of female sexuality, this book is a starting point on a discussion that needs to continue. I found this book to be fascinating and will return to it.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Not what I expected, 28. September 1997
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One would assume that the celebrated author of Fire With Fire and The Beauty Myth would no doubt break fresh intellectual ground with her report on female adolescence, Promiscuities. However, one would be assuming way too much. While Ms. Wolf can work wonders with the manipulation and interpretation of facts and statistics, her anecdotal attempts in this book fall just short of pathetic. Dull, simple, and obviously contrived, her memoir-style prose is an insult to all women, especially to those outside of the narrow scope of her focus. I wouldn't recommend this flat, lifeless, unimportant work to anyone.
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Hated it., 30. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Promiscuities (Taschenbuch)
Wolf's book is a memoir, plain and simple. She can dress it up with social commentary (complete with the use of tired jargon like social "scripts") and she can fill pages with gross generalizations on the adolescent experience of girls, but in the end, it's just a memoir, and Wolf's publisher did her a great disservice by marketing this book as anything other than a memoir. The reader comes to the book with high expectations and puts it down feeling duped.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AWESOME! WOLF IS THE MOST AMZING CONTEMP. FEMINIST WRITER!, 17. Februar 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Promiscuities (Taschenbuch)
this is by far the most amazing book that i have ever read. everything wolf wrote about was so true for me, and for other women that i know. it is a must read for ALL women, especially teenage women. i also think that teenage boys NEED to read this book. hopefully, they will then really understand a woman's sexuality and we'd see a decrease in disrespect for women.
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