I started reading this and realized the importance of it. I wrote the following as a post to a private Female Workaholic Facebook group that I belong to and realized that I really shouldn't keep this or how I feel about it secret. It might not be something I feel comfortable enough to post as a quickie FB post, but it is worthy of expression once you get past the title of the book. Moreover, the importance of this book is not only in what the writer has to say but who the writer is: Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD. A women born in 1936 who has seen the world change, and had actively been a part of the change, one woman at a time as a psychiatrist. She was in college in the 60's, been apart of the culture and aware of the evolution of it at the same time.
I am grateful for taking the time to find this gem. And am looking forward to reading her other books on men & women.
I am not getting paid for clicks to the amazon store. I genuinely want to share this with all of you.
My Private Group Post:
I'm posting this because I believe some of you might be interested in it.
The book is called "Goddesses in Everywoman" .. a very misleading title as it sounds pretty damn hippy (take that as you will). But in fact, as I finish writing "The Action Heroine's Journey", an idea I had to pursue after reading Joseph Campbell's Hero With a Thousand faces, Christopher Vogler's "The Writer's Journey" & Maureen Murdock's "The Heroine's Journey", I stumbled upon this ... not recommended by anyone except Amazon. The writer is Psychiatrist & Jungian analyst: Jean Shinoda Bolen, MD. As someone who is kind of obsessed with Carl Jung & my idea that women have a different journey than a man's "Hero's Journey"... Everything I've been trying to say, trying to pull together in all of my hobbyist research, she says in this book. ... About the Dynamics of being a woman in a male-oriented society, how often I feel pigeonholed in being either too feminine one day or too masculine another day... having to encompass one archetype when in fact I go through multiple archetypes a day depending on the situation/hormones/season/time in my life.
I offer this book suggestion to you not as a feminist, but as a working woman who can admit to honestly struggling with my place in this world.
This is no Kumbaya, lets all hold hands and mold our Vagina's kind of book, it's an amazing comparison to the archetypes we as women connect with, as compared to the Goddesses of greek/roman myth. How the story of these goddesses (Athena, Demeter, Persephone, Hestia, Hera, Artemis, etc) can be translated into ordeals & reactions... to Jungian Psychology.
I'd be interested in discussing this book with any of you after you read it.
have a ______ day!