The Other Within Us: Feminist Explorations of Women and Aging / Edition 1

The Other Within Us: Feminist Explorations of Women and Aging / Edition 1

by Marilyn Pearsall
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813381630

ISBN-13: 9780813381633

Pub. Date: 02/28/1997

Publisher: Westview Press


Feminist women bequeath to us a powerful critique of our society’s obsession with beauty and impossible body ideals. Having refused makeup, high heels, and short skirts in their youth, these women are now entering the most stigmatized stage in a woman’s life—old age. As she becomes the “older woman,” the feminist’s rejection of…  See more details below

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Feminist women bequeath to us a powerful critique of our society’s obsession with beauty and impossible body ideals. Having refused makeup, high heels, and short skirts in their youth, these women are now entering the most stigmatized stage in a woman’s life—old age. As she becomes the “older woman,” the feminist’s rejection of beauty standards and her ability to locate self-worth is being challenged.How will feminists respond to the issues raised in this phase of their lives? By confronting the issues unique to older women in our culture and society, these authors redress the neglect and isolation experienced within contemporary feminism and gerontology.Ultimately, the goal of the book is to inspire the aging woman to more easily embrace the “older other” within her.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813381633
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The Double Standard of Aging19
2Portnoy's Mother's Complaints25
3The Plight of Older Black Women37
4The Feminization of Poverty Among the Elderly43
5Older Women in the City57
6Friends or Foes: Gerontological and Feminist Theory73
7Heresy in the Female Body: The Rhetorics of Menopause95
8Gender, Race, and Class: Beyond the Feminization of Poverty in Later Life113
9The View from Over the Hill121
10Adult Daughters and Care for the Elderly135
11What Setting Limits May Mean: A Feminist Critique of Daniel Callahan's Setting Limits151
12Sunset Boulevard: Fading Stars163
13Remembering Our Foremothers: Older Black Women, Politics of Age, Politics of Survival as Embodied in the Novels of Toni Morrison177
14Visible Difference: Women Artists and Aging197
15Time Will Tell221
16Toward Another Dimension...229
17Indian Summer233
18In the Heat of Shadow239
19Mirror of Strength: Portrait of Two Chilean Arpilleristas243
20The Space Crone249
21Serenity and Power253
List of Credits275
About the Book and Editor277
About the Contributors279

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