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By Toni M. Calasanti

ISBN-10: 0415952239

ISBN-13: 9780415952231

ISBN-10: 0415952247

ISBN-13: 9780415952248

This quantity of unique chapters is designed to deliver awareness to a overlooked region of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of many years of feminist reports we're now good educated of the complicated ways in which gender shapes the lives of girls and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered strength family members interface with race and ethnicity, category and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of previous age and age kin to gender represents the following frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, prime nationwide and overseas feminist students of getting older take first steps during this path, illuminating how age family members engage with different social inequalities, relatively gender. In doing so, the authors problem and remodel feminist scholarship and lots of taken without any consideration options in gender studies.

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At several points in the book, she characterizes “the problem that has no name” as an issue of social welfare. For Friedan, personal issues are always based in larger social and political systems (such as sexism and patriarchy) and, in turn, have social and political consequences (such as the arrested development of women and their offspring). ” It is important that today’s feminists understand where this philosophy came from, what it meant to Friedan in 1963, and what it meant to her in old age.

Friedan’s life, in connecting the 1960’s and the Old Left, [gives] second-wave feminism a richer heritage, one of which both Friedan and American feminists should be proud” (p. 13). The revelations of Friedan’s Communist affiliations also problematize radical feminists’ out-of-hand dismissals of Friedan on the basis of political conservatism. But if not by marriage and motherhood, how did Betty Friedan become politicized? indb 28 6/13/06 9:20:22 AM The Personal as Political • 29 your mother or father; and what you did or would do with your life would, could, must make a difference” (Friedan 2000: 55).

The Feminine Mystique, which Friedan began researching at the age of thirty-seven, considers women’s development up to the age of forty, focusing primarily on women in their twenties and thirties. indb 25 6/13/06 9:20:22 AM 26 • Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking being a suburban housewife and mother whose intelligence and ambitions were not satisfied by the conventional path. Friedan uses media analysis, surveys, and interviews to argue that when women believe fulfillment comes only through romance and motherhood, they are compelled to fall in love with men and babies again and again, in fantasy and imagination, if not always physically, and to deny, subconsciously if not consciously, the possibility of creativity and productivity beyond childbearing.

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