For her own good: two centuries of the experts' advice to women

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Anchor Books, 2005 - Health & Fitness - 410 pages
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An updated history of the experts, largely men, who have given professional advice to women makes the point that this advice has been unscientific, arrogant, biased, and generally self-serving and exposes the myths told to women in the name of science. Original.

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It was well-written and seemingly well-researched. - Goodreads
Light reading for intro-feminists. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Oraynab Mohamad - Goodreads

Barbara Ehrenreich shows how science and the medical field have repressed women. She makes a compelling argument through academic and literary sources. At times, the links she tries to make seem ... Read full review

Review: For Her Own Good: Two Centuries of the Experts' Advice to Women

User Review  - Chelce Snider - Goodreads

This book was amazing. It went through a timeline of advice that, as the book shows, has done almost nothing for women, but a whole lot for men. One of the most interesting sections of this book is ... Read full review


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About the author (2005)

Barbara Ehrenreich is author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America. She has written nearly twenty books, and has been a columnist for Time magazine and the New York Times. She has contributed to The Progressive, Harpers, The Atlantic Monthly, Ms., The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, and

Deirdre English is the former editor of Mother Jones magazine. She has written for the Nation, New York Times Book Review, San Francisco Magazine, S.F. Chronicle Sunday Magazine, Vogue, and public radio and television. Currently, English is a professor at University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.