Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem Paperback – Jan 20 1993
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From Library Journal
One of the founding mothers of contemporary feminism has written a self-help book that utterly transcends the genre. In lucid prose that is by turns brave and funny and tender, Steinem takes us on a journey of circles and spirals because, as she says, "If we think of ourselves as circles, our goal is completion . . . if we think of work structures as circles . . . progress means mutual support and connectedness." Drawing from sources that range from Margaret Mead to Chief Seattle (Sealth), from Alice Walker to the Upanishads, as well as from her own life and the lives of her friends and colleagues, she provides a series of pathways to self-esteem. Steinem's book unfolds like a flower: it offers literature, art, nature, meditation, and connectedness as ways of finding and exploring the self. Her message is that it is our very selves that we need to trust, despite educational and societal pressures that may denigrate the female experience. Her focus is women, but she is clear that what she has to say is for men, too, and she is neither strident nor dismissive. Recommended for all collections. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/15/91.
- GraceAnne A. DeCandido, "School Library Journal"
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Kirkus Reviews
In the wake of such feminist calls-to-arms as Susan Faludi's Backlash (p. 1133), Paula Kamen's Feminist Fatale (p. 1137), and Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth (p. 389), Steinem's inwardly turned examination of how men and women sabotage themselves by suppressing the ``child within'' appears decidedly retro. Nevertheless, her reflections on her own and others' spiritual struggles may give a new generation of activists pause for further reflection. In the wake of Ms. magazine's sale and her own resignation as its editor, Steinem found herself, she says, with the time and inspiration to write a book she'd had in mind for years--a study of the psychological and societal factors that negatively influence self-esteem. The result, she tells us, was a heavily footnoted, scholarly report whose reliance on experts' opinions revealed Steinem's own deep lack of confidence, and inspired her to toss away her original manuscript and come out of the closet herself. Recounting her own early life as the daughter of a factory worker who divorced his mentally ill wife when Gloria was only ten, Steinem details the natural progression from a co-dependent relationship with her mother to an unconscious adult sense of being ``co-dependent with the world.'' Forced by her need to wall off her past, she led a life of outer-world confrontations until, through therapy undertaken as research for her book, she began to master her ``inner child.'' By including others' tales of self- actualization through a ``revolution from within''--the creation of a winning chess team in Spanish Harlem, the transformation of a housewife into an entrepreneur, etc.--Steinem illustrates how others' psychic journeys may lead in much different directions than her own. Still, much of what is recommended here will strike many as old hat--and, in the end, more interesting as an update on the feminist's life than as a practical aid to others. A piquant counterpoint to recently revitalized, outer-directed feminist fashion. -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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As I write this, I'm still the same person who grew up mostly in a Midwestern, factory-working neighborhood where talk about "self-esteem" would have seemed like a luxury. Read the first page
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There were many times in recent history when minorities were raised to feel ashamed of who they were. Not more than 50 years ago, African Americans were still raised to feel inferior to Caucasians. Not more than 30 years ago, women were raised feeling inferior to men. And at this very moment, gays and lesbians secretly growing up in homophobic households believe that they are worthless simply because they were born with a different sexual orientation.Read more ›
And, after all that prattle about co-dependency and "inner children," what seemed to be missing? Susan Powter's hairstylist? Think again.
According to Gloria Steinhem, one of modern feminism's most controversial figures, the recovery movement has never managed to fully examine and explore the crucial, culture-wide roots of poor self-esteem and what she calls "an inauthentic self." Like a mechanic diagnosing the machinery of oppression in our corner of the world with tools borrowed from the recovery movement and self-help therapy, Steinhem cogently argues that when individuals--such as the poor, or women, or racial minorities--are continually marginalized, suppressed, ridiculed and ignored by a culture that holds a huge stake in their invisibility, they sink into a sense of obliviousness and apathy.Read more ›
As always, Steinem's writing is full of qualified sources and she never speaks down to the reader, although it is still a relatively easy read. Written with a sense of humor and love of life, it provided refreshing hope for the future.
I cannot communicate in words what this book means to me. The hope that individual change can lead in the social revolution is so simple but the idea is life-changing and life-affirming. This is for everyone who is feeling a little dissillusioned and questioning their purpose in life or their power over/in their life.
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This is one of the best written, most sincere and loving writtings i have ever encountered!
very very helpful.
As you would expect, a book on self-esteem is likely to cover a lot of ground. After all, this is a huge topic, but Gloria Steinem manages to pare it down into seven insightful... Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2013 by Debra Purdy Kong
Gloria Steinem's authentic and genuine conversation with her readers allows for a clear portrayal of the numerous factors affecting one's self-esteem. Read morePublished on Sept. 30 2011 by Loreley
I have read many many books, and I have to say that this is one of my absolute favorites. This is a book of the highest quality. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004
I have read this book and then handed it on to all of the people in my life. In fact, if I had enough money, I would buy a copy of this book for everybody that I know. Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2002
This book addresses the problem of self-esteem in general, but it is particularly suited for women. While every woman will not agree with all of Gloria Steinem's views, this book... Read morePublished on June 6 2001
... but I just *can't* do it.
Most of the book, I loved, orat least enjoyed.
However, there's a problem with it. Read more
I read this book several years ago and still refer to mattersamong its pages. It is not shocking to see that some [people still] "don't get it. Read morePublished on June 17 2000 by Long Island, East, member
This book is Ms. Steinem's psychological autobiography. She certainly is a very intelligent and independent thinker but certain things, it seems, remain impossible for her to... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 1999