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Publisher Comments:

Tanenbaum's first book (Slut ) examined how social competition causes some female teenagers to attack others for real or imagined sexual behavior. In this follow-up, she branches out, taking on adult women and their struggles to look prettier, land better boyfriends or husbands, be more popular with co-workers and be considered better mothers than other women, sisterhood be damned. Although Tanenbaum provides the latest in academic research, she also includes an entertaining mix of examples from pop culture, newspaper and magazine articles and original fieldwork. She makes the subject personal, sharing her own frustrations with breast feeding, office gossip and living with a body that doesn't match contemporary beauty norms. Although many women feel no choice but to endure constant pressure and self-doubt, Tanenbaum counters that competition is a learned behavior, not human nature, and the consequences are rarely worth the meager rewards. We can see that competition between women serves only the status quo, she laments. And the status quo keeps us from gaining more power over our lives, our work, and our relationships. The closing chapter highlights the potential for women to collaboratively strive for success in the arenas of political activism and team athletics, but even there, Tanenbaum says, as in the business world, women must face the prospect of being judged unfeminine if they show too aggressive a desire to win. The book's accessible approach to the contradictions between feminist rhetoric and women's real experiences, especially in the still-controversial realm of working mothers, is sure to attract even more attention for this fast-rising social critic.Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Synopsis:

A sociological examination of competitive behavior between women considers its unique factors, the reasons and benefits of female competition, and the converse possibilities that can occur when women unite, citing historical examples of women working together.

About the Author

Third-wave feminist Leora Tanenbaum is author of Slut! Growing Up Female with a Bad Reputation, Catfight: Rivalries Among Women: From Diets to Dating, From the Boardroom to the Delivery Room, and most recently, Taking Back God: American Women Rising Up for Religious Equality. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781609801250
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Subject:
Social Science : Women's Studies - General
Author:
Tanenbaum, Leora
Subject:
Business & Economics : Women in Business
Subject:
History : Social History
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
Competition
Subject:
Women -- Psychology.
Subject:
Competition (psychology)
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
July 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
288

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