This book is a historical catalyst point. And what shocked me was more related to the fact that the whole book was even handed, statistical, and a generally good discussion of a society that disallowed women from being socially acceptable and participating fully in society.
What shocked me more was that her critique was not just about how this system hurt women, but how it hurt men as well.
While there is some unfortunate things in the book (the discussion of homosexuality is particularly disheartening), they reflect the time the book was written.
Overall, I’d recommend that anyone who has any interest in feminism, either from a pro or a con perspective at least bother to read this book. It’s interesting, as a historical document, and as a generalized critique of society.
I do have more to say about it, but I’m at work, and therefore, should perhaps hold off until I stop being paid to be on the computer.