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Publisher's Summary

"It's a truism, for instance, that a few clothes are more shocking than none. But for women especially, bras, panties, bathing suits, and other stereotypical gear are visual reminders of a commercial, idealized feminine image that our real and diverse female bodies can't possibly fit. Without those visual references, however, each individual woman's body can be accepted on its own terms. We stop being comparatives. We begin to be unique."

After spending a few days at a spa in the company of 90 or so women, Gloria Steinem wrote In Praise of Women's Bodies, a short but powerful essay that's part ode and part treatise and fully in awe of the female form, in all its unique variety. In Praise of Women's Bodies was originally published in Ms., April 1982.

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If only I had this book as a young girl.

I wish this book had been available for me as a teenager. I would have read it every year of my life and made opportunities to spend more time with women.

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older though still so relevent

this is older. i believe it said 80s. there is still so much progress to be made. short and good.

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  • 02-17-18

A Real Thought Provoker

The issue raised here is not something I've ever thought about before but I can see so much value in such a bonding experience. I question though whether our image obssessed society has now ruined those "locker room" spaces for men too? So much to consider, I listened twice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-06-22

Everyone should listen

A beautiful and powerful essay which had me close to tears and feeling stronger and more confident than I have in years. I beg everyone to listen regardless of gender.

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  • sarahbelle91
  • 08-08-22

Honestly just wish it was longer!

What a gorgeous look at women and our bodies. Allowed me a few moments to drift off and really appreciate who we are as humans, what we’re capable of, and what that means in the wider world. Feel like I’ll be coming back to this often.

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  • 03-17-22

Lower your expectations

Basically, this is a middle class white feminist shared experience of a retreat, using the topic of nudity and intimacy among women to praise the unchallenged aspect of "diversity" - based on biological elements of womanhood.
Also, the comparison of a woman's body with Buddha lost my commitment to read this with a feminist intention and more like a lazy use of language to describe "a weekend away" in a high school essay.

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  • 12-12-21

loved this

I absolutely loved listening to this, it has really opened my eyes to understanding and accepting my own body.

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  • Victoria S.
  • 11-09-21

An interesting listen but without conclusion

It was an interesting listen about the comparison we make between male and female bodies, but it was lacking something