Study Guide

The Red Tent Women and Femininity

By Anita Diamant

Women and Femininity

Okay, people, the book is called The Red Tent, and that refers to a place where women go to bleed together. If that doesn't shout out Women and Femininity to you, then we don't know what possibly could. This book is written by a woman, it's about women, and the female narrator is a woman. Plus, Dinah doesn't shy away from talking about feminine things, and she'll go into full detail, thank you very much.

Ladies, this one's for you. Gents, read on. Maybe you'll learn something.

Questions About Women and Femininity

  1. Does the red tent serve as a unifying force for the women? Or is this unification artificial?
  2. Are some women in this book stronger than others? If so, who is stronger? Why do you think so?
  3. What is the importance of being a midwife in this book? Does being a midwife give Dinah and Rachel stronger feminine qualities?

Chew on This

The experience of childbirth in this book is so gruesome and detailed that men are seen to be very weak compared to women, who have to go through this several times in their lives.

The women in this book have a sacred bond that connects them in ways that men do not have with each other.