Plume (1984), 370 pages
This phenomenally successful book, that has sold nearly a half a million copies since its original publication in 1983, is Gloria Steinem's most diverse and timeless collection of essays.
LibraryThing member literarysarah
Gloria Steinem is a good writer and an interesting public figure. I've never been ashamed to call myself a feminist and reading this book of essays makes me proud of that. The memoir section is the strongest with its heartfelt storytelling. The profiles of five women are also intriguing. The shorter essays about issues are a bit repetitive but they do serve to remind us how far we've come since the 1970s and how far we have yet to go.
LibraryThing member StigE
Useful advice on organising, historically interesting and even if all the issues are still relevant, the texts are anchored in the 70s and 80s and feel dated. Glad i read it, but won't recommend it to others than those with an interest in the history of feminism.
LibraryThing member dreamweaversunited
By far the best essay in this book is "Ruth's Song (Because She Could Not Sing It)". It's the story of Steinem's relationship with her mother, and it hits you like a blow to the solar plexus. If nothing else, read this book for that essay and the brilliant satirical "If Men Could Menstruate." Otherwise, trigger warning for transphobia and colonialist attitudes.
LibraryThing member MickyFine
A collection of Steinem's articles and essays written between 1965 and 1982. Interesting not only for it's exploration of issues within the second-wave of feminism but also as a historical document. While I don't always agree with Steinem's stance or arguments, I did find the reading to be mentally provoking leaving me considering where I stand as a feminist.
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