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

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Overview


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.
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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813381633
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Double Standard of Aging 19
2 Portnoy's Mother's Complaints 25
3 The Plight of Older Black Women 37
4 The Feminization of Poverty Among the Elderly 43
5 Older Women in the City 57
6 Friends or Foes: Gerontological and Feminist Theory 73
7 Heresy in the Female Body: The Rhetorics of Menopause 95
8 Gender, Race, and Class: Beyond the Feminization of Poverty in Later Life 113
9 The View from Over the Hill 121
10 Adult Daughters and Care for the Elderly 135
11 What Setting Limits May Mean: A Feminist Critique of Daniel Callahan's Setting Limits 151
12 Sunset Boulevard: Fading Stars 163
13 Remembering Our Foremothers: Older Black Women, Politics of Age, Politics of Survival as Embodied in the Novels of Toni Morrison 177
14 Visible Difference: Women Artists and Aging 197
15 Time Will Tell 221
16 Toward Another Dimension... 229
17 Indian Summer 233
18 In the Heat of Shadow 239
19 Mirror of Strength: Portrait of Two Chilean Arpilleristas 243
20 The Space Crone 249
21 Serenity and Power 253
List of Credits 275
About the Book and Editor 277
About the Contributors 279
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