Weird. Odd. Bizarre.
I read this book because of how “liberating” and “progressive” and “forward-thinking” it allegedly was. Turns out, it wasn’t.
GRANTED, this book was written in 1962, but it was also written by the woman behind Cosmo….
And instead of using a diamond ring and a picket fence as the finish line, Gurley Brown advises women that everything they do should have passed the test “Will this impress/attract/otherwise entrance Men?” She encourages women to work, (sort of) economically support themselves, and become as fiscally responsible and self-reliant as possible…HUZZAH-time right? That’s where the catch comes: in her world, women do not do these things to find self-satisfaction or personal fulfillment– no, women do these things to ensnare more and more men. She encourages women to collect men, to manipulate men, to expect and encourage gift-giving (from men, to women)…. Marriage is a vague background idea, but it’s still there; she’s encouraging a single life for now, but still expects that women will one day be married, and this is just good practice. Have fun, be young, learn the tricks of the trade, and then settle down. There’s still the “and then” that annoys me.
This was like reading something out of a time capsule. It was frustrating, illuminating, and ridiculous, but at least it gave me an opposing viewpoint to consider for awhile
Has anyone else read this one?