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Feminism in Our Time: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present

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From Simone de Beauvoir to Susan Faludi, from the ERA to Anita Hill -- a historically informed sourcebook that defines the intellectual and political underpinnings of contemporary feminism.

In this important volume, the respected feminist historian Miriam Schneir completes the work she began in her bestselling Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, presenting contemporary writings that define the women's movement today add reveal how ...

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Overview

From Simone de Beauvoir to Susan Faludi, from the ERA to Anita Hill -- a historically informed sourcebook that defines the intellectual and political underpinnings of contemporary feminism.

In this important volume, the respected feminist historian Miriam Schneir completes the work she began in her bestselling Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, presenting contemporary writings that define the women's movement today add reveal how radically transformative a force it is throughout the world.

Ranging from intensely personal statements to ringing manifestos, from diagnosis to outright rebellion, and incorporating both public records and works addressing such specific issues as religion, rape, women's health, pornography, and the concerns of lesbians and women of color, Feminism in Our Time is the most thorough record to date of women's ongoing struggle to control their own destinies and provide alternative visions of the just society and a true human equality.

Beginning with the trailblazing works of Simone de Beauvoir, Doris Lessing, and Betty Friedan, this profound volume charts the development of the women's movement to the present day, with statements by Anita Hill and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Includes samples from classic works by Kate Millett, Adrienne Rich, Susan Faludi, and many others.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A sampler of feminist writings that focuses on the 1960s and '70s, this volume begins with a selection from Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) and then jumps rather abruptly to 1962 and Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook . Incorporating a diverse range of contributors, from poets (Anne Sexton) to polemicists (Shulamith Firestone), Schneir's selection is lively, inspiring and inclusive--there are excerpts from legal documents , such as the ERA and Justice Blackmun's majority opinion in Roe v. . Wade , and from political statements from activist groups. Schneir's introductions, providing historical context and relevant biographical data, take pains to be diplomatic but also acknowledge disputes. Of antipornography crusader and censorship advocate Andrea Dworkin she writes, ``Her blunt, hard-hitting prose is anything but temperate or judicious.'' There is no sex-positive voice like Susie Bright or Betty Dodson to counterbalance Dworkin, but in anthologizing a heterogeneous movement, omissions are perhaps inevitable. Schneir has assembled not just a political sampler but an anthology of some of this country's best essayists. Her sequel to Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings will undoubtedly find a home on women's studies syllabuses, but it deserves a much broader readership. (July)
Library Journal
This anthology, which updates Schneir's previous collection, Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings (Random House, 1972), begins with an excerpt from Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and ends with a section on ``Themes of the Eighties and Nineties.'' Including essays, excerpts from classic works (e.g., The Feminist Mystique, Sexual Politics), statements from organizations, poems, and fiction, Schneir's selections cover a wide variety of topics such as organization of the feminist movement, feminist theory, health, and discrimination against women. All major feminist authors are included, with African Americans and the lesbian perspective well represented, and Schneir provides introductory notes for each. Although many of these selections appear in numerous publications, the convenience of having them in one volume makes this a useful text for women's studies courses and a valuable purchase for nearly all libraries.-Kathryn Moore Crowe, Jackson Lib., Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679745082
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/28/1994
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 480,396
  • Product dimensions: 5.15 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
The Second Sex 3
The Golden Notebook 21
Purdah 33
American Women 38
The Feminine Mystique 48
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VII 71
Jane Crow and the Law: Sex Discrimination and Title VII 76
A Kind of Memo . . . to a Number of Other Women in the Peace and Freedom Movements 89
The National Organization for Women Statement of Purpose 95
An SDS Statement on the Liberation of Women 103
Toward a Female Liberation Movement 108
Redstockings Manifesto 125
Bread and Roses 130
Goodbye to All That 148
The Woman-Identified Woman 160
Who Said It Was Simple 168
National Black Feminist Organization Statement of Purpose 171
The Combahee River Collective Statement 175
The Demise of the Dancing Dog 191
Women: The Longest Revolution 201
Kinder, Kuche, Kirche as Scientific Law: Psychology Constructs the Female 213
Sexual Politics 229
The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution 245
The Poem as Mask 257
After the Death of God the Father: Women's Liberation and the Transformation of Christian Consciousness 260
Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape 272
The Mermaid and the Minotaur: Sexual Arrangements and Human Malaise 283
Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman 295
Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence 310
In Celebration of My Uterus 329
The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm 333
The Female Eunuch 343
Our Bodies, Ourselves 351
Equal Rights Amendment 369
New York City Commission on Human Rights Hearings on Women's Rights
A Strategy for Change 372
Women's Rights and the Revolution of Rising Expectations 380
Patterns of Discrimination and Discouragement in Higher Education 382
Women in Household Employment 387
Discrimination in High School Sports 390
Women in Elective Office 393
Opinion of the Court 399
The Way We Were - And Will Be 408
Pornography: Men Possessing Women 419
In a Different Voice 428
The Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future 439
Backlash 454
Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee 469
African American Women in Defense of Ourselves 478
On Being Nominated to the Supreme Court 481
Sources of Selections 485
Acknowledgments 489
Index 493
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