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On Our Best Behaviour

The Price Women Pay to be Good
Elise Loehnen(Autor*in)
Bloomsbury Tonic (Verlag)
Erschienen am 23. Mai 2023
384 Seiten
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'A stunning, big and bold encyclopedia of how to live' LISA TADDEO
'A guide to liberation and a return to the authentic feminine self' GABOR MATÉ
'Astute, radical and utterly compelling' KATHERINE MAY

Why do women equate self-denial with being 'good'?

We congratulate ourselves when we resist the donut in the office breakroom. We celebrate our restraint when we hold back from sending an email in anger. We put others' needs ahead of our own and believe this makes us exemplary. Journalist and podcast host Elise Loehnen explains that these impulses - often lauded as distinctly feminine instincts - are actually ingrained in us by a culture that reaps the benefits, via an extraordinarily effective collection of social mores:

Lust. Gluttony. Greed. Sloth. Wrath. Envy. Pride.

These so-called 'deadly sins' have been used by the patriarchy to control women throughout our history. For instance, a fear of gluttony drives us to ignore our appetites and an aversion to greed prevents us from negotiating a better salary at work.

So, what would happen if we stopped trying to be 'good'?

Provocative and bold, On Our Best Behaviour is a probing analysis of history and contemporary culture that explains how women have internalised the patriarchy, and how they unwittingly reinforce it. By sharing her own story and the spiritual wisdom of other traditions, Elise Loehnen shows how we can break free and discover a path toward a more balanced, fulfilled way to live.

'Brilliantly reframes our toxic cultural programming' LORI GOTTLIEB
'Half historical docent, half big sister with a hot cup of tea, read this and change your life' TERRENCE REAL
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Elise Loehnen is the host of Pulling the Thread. She has co-written twelve books, five of which were New York Times bestsellers. Elise was the chief content officer of goop - a lifestyle and e-commerce company - where she co-hosted The goop Podcast and The goop Lab on Netflix. Previously, she was the editorial projects director of Condé Nast Traveler. Elise lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
  • Intro
  • Title Page
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • author's note
  • introduction: genesis
  • 1. a brief history of the patriarchy
  • 2. sloth: Believing Sloth to Be Sinful, We Deny Ourselves Rest
  • 3. envy: Believing Envy to Be Sinful, We Deny Our Own Wanting
  • 4. pride: Believing Pride to Be Sinful, We Deny Our Own Talents
  • 5. gluttony: Believing Gluttony to Be Sinful, We Deny Our Own Hunger
  • 6. greed: Believing Greed to Be Sinful, We Deny Our Own Security
  • 7. lust: Believing Lust to Be Sinful, We Deny Our Own Pleasure
  • 8. anger: Believing Anger to Be Sinful, We Deny Our Own Needs
  • 9. sadness: Believing Sadness to Be Sinful, We Deny Our Own Feelings
  • conclusion: realignment
  • acknowledgments
  • selected bibliography
  • notes
  • index
  • A Note On The Author
  • eCopyright

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