Listen to the Guardian's review of Living Dolls in the Guardian Audio Edition podcast, 7th January 2013
"I once believed that we only had to put in place the conditions for equality for the remnants of old-fashioned sexism in our culture to wither away. I am ready to admit that I was wrong."
Empowerment, liberation, choice. Once the watchwords of feminism, these terms have now been co-opted by a society that sells women an airbrushed, highly sexualised and increasingly narrow vision of femininity. Drawing on a wealth of research and personal interviews, Living Dolls is a straight-talking, passionate, and important book that makes us look afresh at women and girls, at sexism and femininity - today.
Natasha Walter was born in London in 1967. She read English at St John's College, Cambridge University, and then went to Harvard as a graduate student on a Frank Knox Fellowship. Her first job was at Vogue magazine, she subsequently worked as a reviewer, columnist and feature writer at the Independent, the Observer and the Guardian and became a regular broadcaster particularly on BBC2's Newsnight Review and BBC Radio 4's Front Row.She is a passionate advocate for the rights of women and children who seek asylum in the UK , and in 2006 she founded the charity Women for Refugee Women.
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If ever I could write a book of my thoughts and have them read out beautifully, it would be this. I now feel excited and optimistic and not alone about the future of feminism. Brilliant!
"Greatly Empowering Book!!!!"
If you're a woman, you need this book. I'm much aware there's misconception growing about what beauty should be. Shamely most of the concepts are installed by advertisements or movies or any kind of digital ntertainment in 21 century. I long this kind of book so I could have reliable source when I come to discussion with my daughter.
"Narrator does nothing for the image of feminism"
Yes as it is a very important perspective in the fight for equality
That towards the end there was a particukar focus on the negative impact of gender stereotypes on men as well as women.
Narrator sounds haughty and puts on 'silly, girly' voices for the women in the book who are glamour girls, strippers, or just not helping themselves in the case for true freedom. A bit disrepectful I felt although possibly accurate.
A male narrator would have been brilliant. Brilliant evidence presented but part of me wonders if it isn't twisted a bit just like those she is criticising - 'we find what we expect'.
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