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The Change

Women, Aging, and Menopause

Germaine Greer

Bloomsbury Publishing

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ISBN10: 1632869187
ISBN13: 9781632869180


496 Pages



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A quarter of a century after the first publication of Germaine Greer's now canonical look at women's experience later in life, the renowned feminist and prolific author updates and expands her essential book, The Change.

Despite improvements over the last few years, discussions about menopause are still hampered by a huge variance in conventional wisdom about what happens, when it happens, when it can be said to be over, and how to deal with it. After decades, the same misinformation and ineffective methods are still being widely touted and proliferating at an alarming rate due to the rise of the Internet. In this updated edition of her groundbreaking book, Greer debunks stubborn myths and presents a vital new perspective on the emotional and physical changes—including up-to-date medical details—women face today when they go through what's known as "the change."

Greer also addresses cultural changes that surround female aging today, launching a clear and necessary protest against the notion that women should shrink into the background as they grow older. She argues that menopause marks the point in a woman's life when she should be able to stop apologizing and bask in the freedom and joy that come with her later years. Witty, wise, and timely, this new edition of The Change offers a crucial twenty-first-century guide to the change that every woman faces.


Praise for The Change

"Unlike other books about menopause, which focus on such particulars as hot flashes, thinning vaginal walls and the debate over hormone replacement therapy, Ms. Greer's seizes on everything directly or even peripherally affecting the middle-aged woman . . . broadly researched [and] boundlessly insightful . . . "—Natalie Angier, The New York Times Book Review

"In a wise, witty and inspiring book, she rebukes doctors, psychiatrists—and women themselves—who blame the aging female for her menopausal distress . . . Greer dispels all manner of myths and misconceptions about menopause."Publishers Weekly

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About the author

Germaine Greer

Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist, and a major feminist voice. Greer's ideas have created controversy ever since The Female Eunuch became an international bestseller in 1970. She is the author of many other books, including White Beech, Shakespeare's Wife, and Sex and Destiny. She is professor emerita of English literature and comparative studies at the University of Warwick. She lives in Essex, England.