This book of essays spans the career of one of the founding mothers of the contemporary feminist movement--a matriarch lately deemed "anti-feminist" or at best a member of the "conservative, pro-family" breed of feminists like the latter-day Betty Friedan. Brilliant, witty, entertaining, incisive, always informed, the essays cover the diverse topics that are the history of the women's movement and our contemporary world.
Greer's range is enormous. She covers the student rebellions (from the vantage point of an untenured professor and underground newspaper writer); she visits Castro's Cuba to see how it has materialized "an early feminists' dream world" of state-given free birth control, abortion and day care; she enters the world of hatcheck girls, groupies and rock musicians; she treats radical movement machismo, Ethiopian resettlement, Brazilian river life, the "other woman," and Calabrian peasant society all with equal aplomb.
Originally writing for publications that vary from the British underground "Suck" to the London Times, Harper's, Playboy and Esquire, Greer ranges from the titillatingly pornographic to the irreverently satiric to the moralistic. Her portrait of the 1975 U.N. World conference for the International Women's Year ("that jamboree in Mexico") wickedly exposes the antics of the Imelda Marcoses and Jihan Sadats of the Third World and the ironies implicit in the bourgeois aspirations and attainments of the women sent to represent their patriarchal governments' various agendas in the face of the real status of the female population around the world.