This second edition includes a new Preface and Notes by the author. Gloria Steinem's first book of essays, a national bestseller when originally published in 1983, remains her most diverse and timeless collection. Here we encounter hilarious and satirical pieces—among them "I Was a Playboy Bunny" and "If Men Could Menstruate"—alongside more reflective and discerning essays on the difference between erotica and pornography, the real and unscripted musings of Patricia Nixon, the origins and originality of Alice Walker's writings, the distorted depiction of women in print and broadcast media, and several other topics. Steinem also offers a prescient essay on female genital mutilation, a compelling study of American reproductive rights issues in relation to Hitler's Germany, and a deeply moving tribute to her mother entitled "Ruth's Song (Because She Could Not Sing It)." Collecting a richly varied range of material from the Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions is still essential reading for any advocate, critic, or student of American feminism.
"Fascinating . . . a consciousness-raising book—challenging, unpretentious, forceful."—The New York Times Book Review
"Rich with surprises . . . this collection does more than affirm Steinem's importance in the women's movement; it shows how and why she has earned that position and how valuable she continues to be."—The Philadelphia Inquirer
"There is nothing 'everyday' about Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions. From her hilarious account of life as an overworked Playboy Bunny to the moving tribute to her mother, Gloria Steinem's first collection of essays is—and always will be—a required feminist reader."—Susan Faludi, author of Backlash
"Humorous, perceptive, moving . . . leaves the reader not only with a cogent personal memoir, but a feeling for an important segment of an entire generation."—People