Review by Kirkus Book Review
Of all the books published recently on woman's problematic emergence from subordination and the resources she will bring for society as a whole, this one is perhaps the most plain-spoken and down-to-earth, the most quietly revolutionary. With a combination of intellectual modesty and ruthlessness, psychoanalyst Miller cuts like a knife through the clutter of received conceptual systems heretofore modified to apply to the special case of the female. Thus she shows that what are in reality women's considerable human activities and strengths--guiding the growth of the young, listening creatively and sympathetically to others, giving, admitting vulnerability, living close to personal change--have been defined by the dominant male culture as passivity, ""doing nothing,"" weakness, and in sum, women's exclusive, closed, inferior sphere. These, however, may be seen not as humanity's ""lowest needs,"" but as its ""highest necessities,"" the same realm opened up by psychoanalysis, from which men have exiled themselves--to their own terrible detriment--out of fear. Miller provides specific guidance and cogent analysis for women learning to revalue and rehabilitate what they already have, as well as to move out and claim the formerly forbidden rights of self-direction and creativity. She discusses in depth the most vivid problem facing emerging women--the compulsion they feel to serve others' needs and their dread of abandonment should they dare to serve their own. Absolutely on the mark. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
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