On Women


by Sontag, Susan | Non-fiction; Social Sciences
Published 30/05/2024 by Penguin Books Ltd in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 208 pages

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Covering ground from the ‘biological division of labour’ to the double-standard for ageing, this powerful collection of essays from the heyday of second-wave feminism from one of America’s greatest intellectuals is ablaze with Sontag’s customary insight and integrity.

On Women brings together Susan Sontag’s most fearless and incisive writing on women, a crucial aspect of her work that has not until now received the attention it deserves

Written during the height of second-wave feminism, Sontag’s essays remain strikingly relevant to our contemporary conversations. At times powerfully in sync and at others powerfully at odds with them, they are always characteristically original in their examinations of the ‘biological division of labour’, the double-standard for ageing and the dynamics of women’s power and powerlessness.

As Merve Emre writes in her introduction, On Women offers us ‘the spectacle of a ferocious intellect setting itself to the task at hand: to articulate the politics and aesthetics of being a woman in the United States, the Americas and the world.’

It’s her clarity that can make you gasp, combined with her confidence . . . what shines through this book is the extraordinary suppleness of her mind . . . She articulated, in punchy, matter-of-fact prose, thoughts that for most of us would stay at best half-formed – Christina Patterson, Sunday Times

On Women offers tantalizing glimmers and hints [of] what Susan Sontag would make of our current political moment . . . Sontag’s stylish, idiosyncratic approach to the feminist debates and preoccupations of her era can be distilled pretty well into tangible guidance for ours – The Atlantic

On Women demonstrates a powerful mind and equally forceful personality . . . like turning back the clock to the days of Sontag’s prime – Rosemary Goring, The Herald

Sontag’s language is urgent . . . and boldly provocative. Those previously unsure where she stood on the politics of womanhood, or found her opaque on the topic, can be in no doubt after this – iNews