Banned from Amazon!
Here's what Amazon said:
"Your review of "The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?" was removed because your comments in large part focused on authors and their intentions, rather than reviewing the item itself.
Our guidelines do not allow discussions that criticize authors or their intentions. We encourage all voices to respond openly in our store, both positive and negative. However, we do exert some editorial control over our customer reviews.
As such, your review cannot be posted on Amazon.com in its current format. What I can suggest is that you resubmit your review, restricting your comments to critically analyzing the content of the item."
Ooooookay, to be honest I really didn't know what to make of that. The author's intentions are clear in the work and I was responding to that. Her book has a strong point of view, and I was critiquing the extent to which she successfully made her point, or not.
Ironically, I think that Bennetts herself might have appreciated my critique. On the Huffington Post she was disappointed by women who slagged her book without reading it. Bennett said, "If you want to disagree with my conclusions, you need to address the facts on which they're based rather than acting as if these were simply matters of opinion. They're not." I read and analyzed her book very closely, and one of my criticisms is that in her chapter called "Backward Progress" she gives too much weight and credence to women who agree with her point, and not enough weight to Gen X women who are working to reinvent motherhood, work, feminism, and activism, (cf The Motherhood Manifesto, which Benntts mentions only briefly.) I hate to conjure up Linda Hirshman, but that was the best example of someone whom Bennetts' quoted to support her perspective without acknowledging the legitimate controversy that Hirshman evokes.
I submitted a revised, denuded review to Amazon trying to get through their process. I am not happy with it. I felt inhibited in what I could write, not sure which censor button I was trying to avoid pushing. Too bad, because this book calls for frank discussion. Joan Walsh' review on Salon.com was very good (and I have to say, quite similar to the one I wrote that Amazon rejected! I am glad that my thoughts were spelled out completely on my previous blog posts).
I would like to invite Leslie Bennetts to be a guest on my podcast, because I'd love to see how a person-to-person interview could balance her published manifesto.