The Change : Women, Ageing and the Menopause
Description: The seminal, ground-breaking and controversial feminist text on the menopause, revised and updated When The Change was published in 1994, `menopause' was a word of fear. Then, as now, expensive magazines advertised even more expensive anti-ageing preparations, none of which worked. Big pharma was pushing replacement hormones, but doctors were dragging their feet. Some women told horror stories of their experiences with replacement hormones; others called them lifesavers. Nobody knew why some women went through this change of life without difficulty. What was working for them, when other women were tormented almost to madness? It seemed that we were close to an answer to that question, but that was before large-scale studies revealed that the protective effects of hormone replacement had been vastly exaggerated; given the perceived increase in the risk of life-threatening disease, the studies had to be called off. Now more than ever, amid the clamour of online chatrooms and promotions for a vast array of alternative therapies, the individual woman has to manage her passage through menopause for herself. In The Change, Germaine Greer provides a commonsense guide to a very interesting and important stage of women's lives.
Review: A brilliant, gutsy, exhilarating, exasperating fury of a book * New York Times * Germaine Greer has given women just the book they need for this time of their lives. Read it, pass it on, talk about it, disagree with it, keep the circle going * Washington Post * Like Simone de Beauvoir, she has the wit and elegance to lift the [feminist] argument beyond the dreary catalogue of injustice into the realm of cultural excitement ... she is clever, witty, learned and courageous * Independent *
Author Biography: Germaine Greer is an Australian academic and journalist, and a major feminist voice of the mid-twentieth century. She gained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1967. She is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Comparative Studies at the University of Warwick. 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 Sex and Destiny: The Politics of Human Fertility (1984); Shakespeare's Wife (2007); The Whole Woman (1999) and White Beech (2014).