Susan Brownmiller

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Balaban, John. “A Tiresome Journey to Vietnam.” Washington Post 117, no. 113 (16 June 1994): C2.

Balaban argues that Seeing Vietnam is a poorly written travel narrative, adding that Brownmiller would have been more effective had she addressed the history and social conditions of Vietnamese women from her feminist perspective.

Collins, Anne. “The Binding Contract of Femininity.” Maclean's 97, no. 4 (23 January 1984): 57.

Collins faults Femininity for failing to acknowledge the valuable qualities associated with femininity, concluding that the book leaves female readers feeling even more disempowered.

Conaway, James. “Femininity and the Feminist.” Washington Post 107, no. 52 (26 January 1984): B1, B11.

Conaway criticizes Femininity for presenting a one-sided argument.

Eggleston, Kate. “Unveiling the Feminine.” Women's Review of Books 1, no. 9 (June 1984): 5–6.

Eggleston praises Femininity as a lucid, rational, and well-structured argument regarding the societal implications of femininity, but complains that Brownmiller overlooked the concerns of women of color, particularly African-American women.

Gordon, Suzanne. “Women and Their Place.” Washington Post Book World (4 March 1984): 4.

Gordon criticizes Femininity as problematic, overly general, and unoriginal.

Mead, Rebecca. “Nostalgia for the Bygone Days of Feminist Family Feuding.” New Yorker 75, no. 40 (27 December 1999–3 January 2000): 38, 43.

Mead discusses Brownmiller's book-signing party to promote In Our Time.

Novak, Michael. “A Radical Feminist.” Commentary 61, no. 2 (February 1976): 90.

Novak criticizes Brownmiller's arguments in Against Our Will as feminist propaganda that cannot be taken seriously.

Additional coverage of Brownmiller's life and career is contained in the following sources published by the Gale Group: Contemporary Authors, Vol. 103; Contemporary Authors New Revision Series, Vols. 35, 75; DISCovering Authors Modules: Novelists; Feminist Writers; Literature Resource Center; and Major 20th-Century Writers, Eds. 1, 2.

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