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The Other Within Us: Feminist Explorations of Women and Aging
     

The Other Within Us: Feminist Explorations of Women and Aging

by Marilyn Pearsall
 
Feminist women bequeath to us a powerful critique of our society's obsession with beauty and impossible body ideals.Ultimately, the goal of the book is to inspire the aging woman to more easily embrace the 'older other' within her.

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Feminist women bequeath to us a powerful critique of our society's obsession with beauty and impossible body ideals.Ultimately, the goal of the book is to inspire the aging woman to more easily embrace the 'older other' within her.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Pearsall (Women and Values: Readings in Recent Feminist Philosophy) has edited this collection of scholarly pieces about female aging because of her conviction that contemporary feminist theorists have neglected this issue. Several carefully researched essays address aging within a sociological context, such as elderly women in urban areas (Elizabeth W. Markson, Bess B. Hess), older African American women (Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson) and the impact of race and class on aging (Paula L. Dressel). In a provocative piece concerning the prejudicial treatment older women in lesbian communities receive from such groups' younger members, the late Baba Copper critiques Susan Sontag's essay "The Double Standard of Aging" (reprinted here) as both hetero-sexist and ageist. Germaine Greer contributes her interesting though occasionally rambling thoughts on the liberating aspects of getting older, and Joanna Frueh discusses the problems of aging female artists. This collection will be of interest primarily to those working in women's studies or gerontology. (Apr.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813381626
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
02/13/1997
Pages:
288
Lexile:
1360L (what's this?)

Meet the Author


Marilyn Pearsall teaches philosophy and women's studies at the University of Puget Sound and is a research associate at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center.

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