Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions

Gloria Steinem's Classic Essay Collection

Feminine Activist Gloria Steinem at Book Promotional Event
Gloria Steinem at Book Promotional Event. Bettmann Archive / Getty Images

Gloria Steinem's Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, published in 1983, is a collection of writings on women's issues and feminist experiences. The book has become a staple of women's studies classes, and it gives a good overview of women's activism and feminist theory in short, easy-to-read pieces.

Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions includes many of Gloria Steinem's most famous essays, such as:

  • I Was a Playboy Bunny
    When Gloria Steinem went undercover to work as a Playboy bunny, she exposed the decidedly non-glamorous lifestyle and brutal working conditions the women had to endure in that male fantasy world.
  • Ruth's Song (Because She Could Not Sing It)
    Gloria Steinem's moving tribute to her mother appeared in Ms. magazine and touched many mothers and daughters. It delved into the issue of mental illness and the heartbreak of a woman being unable to reach her full potential.
  • The Importance of Work
    Years into the women's liberation movement, feminists still had to explain that women's work was not optional or frivolous, despite what society's double standards said about it.
  • Men and Women Talking
    A look at gender, consciousness-raising groups and communication styles.
  • Erotica vs. Pornography
    Gloria Steinem points out the crucial difference between erotica and the imbalance of power in male-dominated, anti-woman images.
  • The International Crime of Genital Mutilation
    Robin Morgan co-authored this piece about the tragedy of female genital mutilation.
  • If Hitler Were Alive, Whose Side Would He Be On?
    Gloria Steinem wrote this piece to expose the flaws in the anti-abortion movement's equation of fetuses with Jews and supporters of legal abortion with Nazis.
  • If Men Could Menstruate
    Another feminist classic from Ms., this essay is both humorous and thought-provoking.