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Book: The Playful Self

Why Women Need Play in Their Lives

Non fiction

Fourth Estate, £12.99
ISBN 1-85702-550-4

‘Play adorns life, amplifies it, and is to that extent a necessity both for the individual and for society.’

Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens

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All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy - but what about Jill? While women slowly achieve equal rights in the working world, women’s play continues to be seen as frivolous, self-indulgent and non-essential. With the triple load of paid employment, child-care and housework, women are increasingly losing touch with their playful selves and paying a heavy price as a result.

Offering a radical new perspective on contemporary feminism and the causes of sexual inequality, Rebecca Abrams argues in THE PLAYFUL SELF that play constitutes a crucial and consistently overlooked aspect of women’s lives, and that like the right to work, the right to play is not something we can afford to ignore.

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