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An Unconventional Family / Edition 1
     

An Unconventional Family / Edition 1

by Sandra Lipsitz Bem
 

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ISBN-10: 0300090927

ISBN-13: 9780300090925

Pub. Date: 08/28/2001

Publisher: Yale University Press

In 1965, when psychologists Sandra and Daryl Bem met and married, they were determined to function as truly egalitarian partners and also to raise their children in accordance with gender-liberated, anti-homophobic, and sex-positive feminist ideals. During the next ten years, they exuberantly shared the details of their daily lives in both public lectures and the

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In 1965, when psychologists Sandra and Daryl Bem met and married, they were determined to function as truly egalitarian partners and also to raise their children in accordance with gender-liberated, anti-homophobic, and sex-positive feminist ideals. During the next ten years, they exuberantly shared the details of their daily lives in both public lectures and the mass media in order to provide at least one concrete example of an alternative to the traditional heterosexual family. In the 1990s, Sandra Bem also published an award-winning book, The Lenses of Gender, which spelled out the feminist theory behind their feminist practices.
This second book by Sandra Bem, an autobiographical account of the Bems nearly thirty-year marriage, is both a personal history of the Bems past and a social history of a key period in feminisms past. It is also a look into feminisms future, because the Bems children, Emily and Jeremy, now in their early twenties, speak at length in the book as well.

Bem analyzes what aspects of family background and psychological makeup led her and Daryl to bond so immediately and to become gender pioneers. She describes the egalitarianism and feminist child-rearing that they invented for their private needs and tells how these family agendas were transformed into public feminist discourse. Finally she reassesses this early feminist union now that the marriage has come to an end and the children are young adults, evaluating (with the help of lengthy interviews with Emily and Jeremy and a brief epilogue by Daryl) what the Bems experiences—both positive and negative—have to say about the viability and necessity of nontraditional gender arrangements in society today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300090925
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Prologue ix
PART 1 Coming Together 1(48)
Courtship
3(16)
Why Daryl?
19(30)
PART 2 Writing Our Own Script 49(116)
Community of Family
51(18)
Egalitarian Partnering
69(33)
Feminist Child-Rearing
102(35)
My Unorthodox Career
137(28)
PART 3 Evaluating Our Experiment 165(41)
Egalitarian Partnering Revisited
167(11)
Feminist Child-Rearing Revisited
178(28)
Epilogue 206

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