Women and Desire : Beyond Wanting to Be Wanted UNCORRECTED PROOF
U S A, Piatkus. 2000, First Edition. (ISBN: 0749921129) Soft Cover, 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. "Author draws on her experience as a psychotherapist and on ideas gleaned from Buddhism, Jung and feminist writings. She argues that most women don't have a clue about what they want because society has programmed them simply to want to present a desirable image. Illustrating her thesis with mythic tales and case studies of her own patients, the author shows how our culture recognizes two female stereotypes: the beautiful muse and the ugly hag-bitch who wields power to fulfill her own desires. Women should not be objects of desire, but subjects of desire, she writes, not only in personal relationships but in the workplace. While women may believe that competence leads to success at work, she contends that "what leads to power is self-promotion, making the right connections and being self-confident." According to Young-Eisendrath, women's rampant consumerism, shoplifting and binge eating are simply manifestations of unconscious desires. Although she contends that established religions have subordinated women, the author advocates learning to distinguish pathological desires from authentic ones through traditional spiritual practices or New Age feminist communities. She treads on familiar ground, but Young-Eisendrath writes with authority, offering women a valuable perspective on understanding and changing self-defeating behaviors." CONDITION Pp xv 251. Bright and crisp as new internally, cover slightly marked to front, rear bottom cnr creased. Very Good/N/A.
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Keywords: Women_psychology Women_sexual Behavior Desire Self-Esteem 0749921129