Title: Gloria Steinem – The Kindle Singles

Author: Salamishah Tillet

Pages: 36 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

In this conversation, Gloria Steinem — the 79-year-old activist, author and 2013 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom — reflects on her personal life growing up in Toledo, Ohio, and her political awakening during the most radical decade of the 20th century, while discussing the obstacles and opportunities that continue to shape the lives of American families today.

Steinem has spent her life working for racial justice and women’s rights. In this interview, she speaks humorously and insightfully on everything from politics to pop culture. She reveals that the backlash she received for supporting Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid was “one of the worst experiences of my life,” and criticizes a history of feminism that forgets the deep alliances between early civil rights and women’s rights activists. Whether she’s defending Kim Kardashian from public vitriol or calling out the antiquated sexual assault policies of the U.S. military, Gloria Steinem is always engaged, always fighting for what she believes in.

The interview was conducted by Salamishah Tillet, an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Tillet blogs for The Nation, and is the author of Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination. She is also the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, a non-profit organization that uses art therapy and the visual and performing arts to end violence against girls and women.

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The Review

Having read Gloria Steinem’s biography and a few pieces that she had written for Ms Magazine I was pleasantly surprised with Salamishah Tillet’s interview with Gloria Steinem.

You see, you get the sense (and rightly so) that in the pieces produced by Steinem that whilst she has no qualms with honesty and baring her soul that she controls the narrative. It was interesting to see her exposed in such a way that wasn’t critical but was led by another party.

We get to see Steinem under the microscope and what makes her feel the way she does.

This was a very interesting read.

Gloria Steinem – The Kindle Singles by Salamishah Tillet is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.

Title: Men and Women Talking

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 17 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

Once upon a time (just a few years ago), psychologists believed that the way we chose to communicate was largely a function of personality. If certain conversational styles were more common to one sex than the other (more abstract and aggressive talk for men, for instance, more personal and equivocal talk for women), then this was just another tribute to the influence of biology on personality.

In her landmark essay, Men and Women Talking, Gloria Steinem confronts long-held misconceptions about the supposedly scientific differences in the way men and women communicate, debunking—among other things—the myth of the “talkative woman.”

Men and Women Talking was originally published in Ms., May 1981.

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The Review

Men and Women Talking was originally featured in Ms Magazine in May 1981. In this article Steinem discusses women’s positions in social dynamics and how it differs drastically to men. It argues how women will be apologetic just for being and for having opinions and how it is expected that a man will show no such social subservience and is therefore often seen as more powerful.

It is shocking that 37 years later this still seems to be the case. Women are still paid less, hold fewer powerful positions in businesses or government, and how women are generally seen as the lesser sex.

Men and Women Talking is as insightful now as it as when it was originally published.

Men and Women Talking by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.

Title: Gloria Steinem – Women of Wisdom

Author: Lynn Gilbert

Pages: 11 Pages

Publisher: Lynn Gilbert Inc.

The Blurb

The oral biography of Gloria Steinem, whose dedication to feminism and other movements for social justice continues to improve life for millions of people worldwide.

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The Review

This short essay celebrating the achievements of Gloria Steinem was nice to read but that was about it. I didn’t feel any emotional connection afterwards. Just that it was nice. It could have been a lot better, it could have given a lot more.

Gloria Steinem – Women of Wisdom by Lynn Gilbert is available now.

Title: In Praise of Women’s Bodies

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 9 Pages

Publisher: Amazon Media

The Blurb

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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The Review

I love Gloria Steinem’s writing. I came to her quite late on but I have enjoyed my sojourn into her world of feminism. This particular article – In Praise of Women’s Bodies really struck a chord with me. As a 34 year old woman I have never sat in the company of women in the nude. I didn’t grow up in a naked house and I can honestly say that the thought of doing so makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable. Not because of being naked in front of women just because being naked in front of anybody doesn’t exactly fill me with comfort. Heck, I’ve never even worn a crop top.

What I got from this article is that I want to want to be able to. I may never get to that completely comfortable place of feeling comfortable with my body around other women but I can at least hold on to the impression that I will one day.

In Praise of Women’s Bodies by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriasteinem.com.

MY Life on the RoadTitle: My Life on the Road

Author: Gloria Steinem

Pages: 276 Pages

Publisher: Random House

The Blurb

Gloria Steinem—writer, activist, organizer, and one of the most inspiring leaders in the world—now tells a story she has never told before, a candid account of how her early years led her to live an on-the-road kind of life, traveling, listening to people, learning, and creating change. She reveals the story of her own growth in tandem with the growth of an ongoing movement for equality. This is the story at the heart of My Life on the Road.

The Review

Ok, I’ll admit it. I wanted to read this book because Emma Watson recommended it.

I’m so very glad that I am a victim of pop culture. Steinem’s memoir, My Life on the Road chronicles various points in her life. She takes you on a journey, her journey, and reveals all the wonderful, amazing and sometimes heartbreaking things and people that she encounters.

With her uncompromising beliefs and tenacity you finish reading My Life on the Road desperate to get out there. Out there in the big wide world and have a life changing adventure and to just do a little bit of good.

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem is available now.

For more information regarding Gloria Steinem (@GloriaSteinem) please visit www.gloriastinem.com.

For more information regarding Random House (@randomhouse) please visit www.randomhousebooks.com.

4 Stars