The Change: Women, Aging, and Menopause

‾ Beginning reader The Change: Women, Aging, and Menopause printable ⁜ E-Pub Author Germaine Greer ₇ ‾ Beginning reader The Change: Women, Aging, and Menopause printable ⁜ E-Pub Author Germaine Greer ₇ Menopause, Greer believes, should be a time of stock taking, of spiritual as well as physical change, when the middle aged woman, rejecting the roles held out by patriarchal society, attains a mature serenity and power In a wise, witty and inspiring book, she rebukes doctors, psychiatrists and women themselves who blame the aging female for her menopausal distress Skeptical of hormone replacement therapy, which she views as a boon to the pharmaceutical industry, Greer asserts that the climacteric syndrome, marked by depression, fatigue and irritability, is treatable by holistic medicine Tweaking hardy perennials like Joan Collins and Helen Gurley Brown who, in Greer s opinion, refuse to grow old gracefully, she urges women to devise their own private ways of marking the menopause and puts forth the Witch and the Crone of history and literature as role models Greer dispels all manner of myths and misconceptions about menopause 50,000 first printing Literary Guild alternate Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.Greer The Female Eunuch , LJ 4 14 71 Daddy, We Hardly Knew You , LJ 1 90 turns the clear light of her ferocious intelligence on what she calls the undescribed experience, the female climacteric menopause She has read everything medical treatises, herbaries, historical letters, the few literary works that treat this universal aspect of female experience At last, she says, women get to decide Whether they wish to spend the second half of their lives in a ghastly re creation of culturally approved youth, or whether menopause marks the end of apologizing and the beginning of a search for deep joy for and in oneself She notes that the pitifully small amount of research done does not yet indicate the real causes for menopausal distress such as hot flashes, nor does it untangle the symptoms of plain aging from the cessation of monthly periods She decries the lack of role models for the aging woman but does find us a few the courtesan Ninon de Lenclos, whose intelligence charmed male and female alike into her advanced age Karen Blixen Isak Dinesen , who wielded her old woman s power into lapidary prose Jane Digby El Mezrab, who at 47 enchanted a sheik, who rode by her side for 30 years Not the least of models is Greer herself, whose fine and hard edged voice makes life after the cessation of childbearing sound, if difficult and harrowing, also joyful and rich in reward Far superior to Gail Sheehy s The Silent Passage LJ 4 1 92 , this is highly recommended for all collections Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5 1 92 GraceAnne A DeCandido, School Library JournalCopyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. 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    • Hardcover
    • The Change: Women, Aging, and Menopause
    • Germaine Greer
    • English
    • 07 November 2017
    • 496 pages

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