REFLECTING MEN: At Twice Their Natural Size by Sally & Dale Spender Cline

REFLECTING MEN: At Twice Their Natural Size

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A scrappy, informal inquiry into the question of why women feel such an enduring compulsion to care for, flatter, and nurture men, by a former pop journalist (Cline) and a prominent feminist theoretician (Spender). Arguing that it is ""part of the relationship between the sexes that woman should willingly--and cheerfully--allow themselves to be interrupted by men: at the work place, at home, in conversation,"" Cline and Spender elaborate their point by citing numerous interviews, quoting scores of texts, and engaging in personal confessions. Clear and convincing, they do a marvelous job of explaining the situation: no other polemic could be more sincere and charming. However, the high note isn't sustained: when Cline and Spender discuss women's continuing economic inequality, faking orgasms, and the need for women ""to stand up for their rights,"" they are covering old ground already gone over by Letty Cotten Pogrebin, Betty Friedan, Susan Griffin, Adrienne Rich, and others. Part of the problem may be that feminist theory is not a product that travels well; certainly the England described here sounds more like America of the early 1970's than of the late 1980's. Still, this is a worthy book that entertains while making important points about society.

Pub Date: Oct. 2nd, 1987
Publisher: Henry Holt