One Dimensional Woman PDF/EPUB Ý One Dimensional

Where have all the interesting women gone? If the contemporary portrayal of womankind were to be believed contemporary female achievement would culminate in the ownership of expensive handbags a vibrator a job a flat and a man Of course no one has to believe the TV shows the magazines and adverts and many don't But how has it come to this? Did the desires of twentieth century women's liberation achieve their fulfilment in the shopper's paradise of 'naughty' self pampering playboy bunny pendants and bikini waxes? That the height of supposed female emancipation coincides so perfectly with consumerism is a miserable index of a politically desolate time Much contemporary feminism particularly in its American formulation doesn't seem too concerned about this coincidence This short book is partly an attack on the apparent abdication of any systematic political thought on the part of today's positive up beat feminists It suggests alternative ways of thinking about transformations in work sexuality and culture that while seemingly far fetched in the current ideological climate may provide serious material for future feminism


10 thoughts on “One Dimensional Woman

  1. says:

    The problem with books that are centered around things the author doesn't like is that you don't know what the author's idea of good is This book was very negative and I don't honestly know what Powers' idea of good feminism looks like other than that it includes French porn from the early 1900s as well as less consumerism?A few things really bothered me about these short essays The first was that the author really goes on about how today's mainstream feminists are all about choice feminism if you're a woman and you chose it it's feminist She particularly quotes at length Jessica Valenti former executive editor of Feministing and uses her as a prime example of how feminism today upholds western standards of capitalism while ignoring the bigger pictures I've been reading Feministing for many years as well as Valenti's books and I can tell you that Powers judiciously misquotes Valenti to prove a point Sure a lot of posts on Feministing are about how feminists have better sex or how it's not wrong to be a feminist and wear makeup but the vast majority are on very major pressing issues to feminists in the US And that ignores many other feminist and womanist bloggers out there from all over the world who are bringing to light very important issues against imperialism sexism crass commercialism and all of the other things Powers dislikesYou can quote as many people as you want out of context and still not make a point about what the bigger picture of feminism is That at heart is the reason I disliked this book so muchOther small things that annoyed me were the chapter about why people don't live communally any and how people who save up for kids and mortgages are sell outs Having read The Modern Utopian Alternative Communities Then and Now and knowing some people who live collectively I can tell you that collective living isn't going to change the world and many of the communes that existed in the counter cultural 60s and 70s were rife with overt sexism Saying that people shouldn't grow up get married have kids and have mortgages is just as bad as saying that everybody should aspire to this dream There is no one way to be a good feminist or a good human being Everybody has different goals and it is possible to have a nuclear family and be anti capitalism


  2. says:

    This book is just a long rant without a central point It's also outdated in content thought if you've been in American academia dealing with genderqueer theory cultural studies


  3. says:

    This book contains quite a few gems but is mired in academic jargon I don't agree with some of what she said but much I never fully understood I was often unclear on her position is she making fun of this? lauding it? and at other times I felt her irrelevant biases were all too clear It's a quick read though worth a shot


  4. says:

    A fast moving densely theoretical text Power zigzags humour and philosophy as regards the one dimensional hedonia that has become Feminism She takes up cinema pornography the nuclear family consumerism and to indict tickle make fun of what has become defanged a critique of political economy as regards gender and sex a dialectic of Sex as Shulamith Firestone calls it A very good read


  5. says:

    This is a very short but definitely interesting book Now personally I think Power did choose an easy target shiny feminism pink shopping dildos empowerment equality is so shallow that one does not need to be the brightest bulb to see how it really has nothing to do with female empowerment independence or equal rights Now I say this should be very obvious but the flocking crowds at sex and the city franchises prove me completely wrong But this is also why this book is very short it is of an expanded essay and it is indeed very witty It is written in one breath reminded me a lot of the Beat fervor and hammers down a lot of post feminism arguments and the supposed superfluity of feminist activism in the 21st century I personally am a sucker for titles so of course I also loved the reference to Marcuse a book I really really love even though it has been so often critiqued I spared a couple of hours for reading this and it was definitely worthwhile


  6. says:

    Of all the markers of female faux emancipation fauxmancipation? that Power bulldozes in this book I was most glad to see her demolish chocolate I do not care for chocolate that much It is fine I'd prefer shortbread any day of the year which in contemporary feminist lite rhetoric about 'what women want' makes me some kind of I don't know boy Reading women writing cheekily about how really all they want is to eat chocolates and not get chubby has always filled me with a vague despair Power writesI think there's a very real sense in which woman are supposed to say 'chocolate' whenever someone asks them what they want It irresistibly symbolizes any or all of the following ontological girlishness a naughty virginity that gets it kicks only from a widely available mucky cloying substitute a kind of pecuniary decadenceYeah Take that Chocolate Industrial ComplexIn a mere 69 pages Power comes down hard on much of contemporary feminism arguing the term has either been co opted by people like Sarah Palin who argue they're feminists just because they're women or come to stand for the guiltless indulgence of the liberated 'empowered' female consumer Jessica Valenti's book Full Frontal Feminism get a particularly thorough dressing down as it provides numerous examples of the 'feminists buy what they wanna buy' style of emancipation through consumption that Power reviles Other reviews have noted that Valenti is a bit of a straw woman here as her website Feministing contains examples of the structural critiques that Power repeatedly asks for but Power's argument is valid and powerfully argued nonethelessThe flip side to the emancipated consumer is the capable professional representative of the 'feminization of labor' and the 'laborization of women' Power's materialist framework allows her to think through the changing vicissitudes of contemporary work in an engaging way culminating in her really totally awesome dissection of everything that is wrong with porn these days If like me you don't have any fundamental moral objection to pornography and yet wonder why so much of it sucks so bad blows so hard?? might I offer this sentence as a tantalizing clue The excessive taxonomical drive of contemporary pornography is merely one element of its quest to bore us all to death and remind us that everything is merely a form of work including or even most especially pleasure Power ends with a call for rethinking the possibility of communes collectivism and unorthodox forms of reproduction as potential ways out of the eternal vacillation between working and shopping and shopping and work which some of my fellow Goodreaders have found a little odd but I think is just fine especially since this call is intertwined with a provocative critique of 'sexoleftism' More than just the 'sites of resistance' that every activist and their mother is talking about these days Power ends with suggestions for alternate modes of being


  7. says:

    Power covers a lot of ground in a very short space Her criticism seeks to argue for a re emergence of Marxist feminism and I believe she manages to make a strong case by pinning some damning notes on a few transversals of feminist use values For instance marking a loci on Sarah Palin Power is able to illustrate how simple feminist representations can be staged to lend credence to retrograde ideologies Or how admittance into the work place has lead to a deepening of survelliance and a spread of intrusion into the personal lives of employees by management all objectification under the guise of feminist success Her most damning critique though is leveled at the buy in of feminists to the consumer based capital that supports the ideologies of imperialist hierarchy and Capital patriarchy The sassy choco vibrator style of Jessica Valenti is a straw dog that Power enables just enough to watch burn completely Of course its not fair to level a structured materialist critique against the celebration of women's choices within and outside their market demographic but it is still valuable to understandIf Power granted feminism the same historical room to breathe as she does pornography there might be a better middle to this book But otherwise a strong effort that opens many avenues of adventure and thought


  8. says:

    1500 for a 70 page book is not what I would call a good investment I don't mind reading all types of literature fiction or non however this was beyond my comprehension I felt that I had to have a dictionary at my side and for the life of me I cannot find out what 'CV' means She placed it at random in her rantings and never gave it a meaning I had to read this book for my Women in History class and write a paper on it To read it and understand it is an obstacle that I wish to never repeatI've had my husband father in law and mother in law read this and they have come to the conclusion that this book is quite hateful and not a good read There has to be better books than this to learn from


  9. says:

    2 12 stars really I agree with the many reviewers who say the writing is all over the place but regardless I did agree with a lot of what she writes I found the chapter on the differences starting from early 20th century porn up until today very interesting


  10. says:

    A sputtery incoherent mess As with Laurie Penny's Meat Market the length isn't remotely long enough to sustain the topic Power has the occasional interesting thought but the writing obscures them She doesn't give especially persuasive arguments in the few cases where she can provide an alternative instead preferring to present them to the audience as a foregone conclusion I too think that Jessica Valenti's feminism is superficial and cosmetic However if Power is the alternative not many people are likely to be convinced