Robert Bilz Bilz itibaren Colniza - MT, Brezilya
doing a re-read seemed logical; i was in the mood for good history written for the masses. such a fascinating concept, especially in the way the book is structured, i am impressed by brumberg all over again (though sometimes the history is weak and i wish i was reading something more academic). really want to re-read Marianne and the Market after this, so that i can do a sort of cross-cultural comparison . . . but it really is amazing how society changed in so many ways once women were viewed as consumers and not just family-oriented. (will do a thorough review after finishing the reread.) but note already: keep writing in those journals/diaries, girls! they are some of the BEST primary source documents historians can ever hope to work with. especially historians concerned with psychological and social implications. (my biggest fear with the internet is that we will lose all records of our thoughts and conversations. i'm a little paranoid though.) --- wow, this book falls apart at the end in the modern day. there's a clear anti-homosexual sentiment that appears in the last two chapters, as well as a lot of weird things related to girls and media and education. it's dated; i can't fault it for that. and the concept that women (and girls) have turned their bodies into "projects" that need work and attention is certainly still apt and to the point. the whole dissolution of the hymen argument didn't work well for me though. i think my other copy of the book had an update. ( i got this one from the library.) that might make a difference and might explain why i liked the book so much better the first time. or maybe i was just craving some cultural history, which i have to admit, she did pretty well - i just don't agree with all her conclusions. still definitely worth the read.