The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism

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  • ISBN-13: 9781555531553
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Northeastern Series on Feminist Theory
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface to the 1993 Edition
Pt. I Introduction 1
1 Placing Liberal Feminism in the Dialectic 3
2 Patriarchy, Motherhood, and Public Life 14
Patriarchal Motherhood as Childbearer and Rearer 14
The Historical Continuity of Patriarchy 18
Patriarchy and Public-Private Life 22
Pt. II The Historical Origins of Liberal Feminism 31
3 John Locke: Patriarchal Antipatriarchalism 33
Rationality and Women 35
The Liberal Attack on Divine-Right Patriarchy: Paternal vs. Political Power 37
The Feminist Critique of Divine-Right Rule: Paternal vs. Parental Power 40
Property and Rationality 44
Liberal Individualism and the Family 47
4 J. J. Rousseau and Patriarchal Ideology: Liberal Individualism and Motherhood 55
The Problem of Sexual and Economic Class 57
The Family and the State 58
Rousseau's Ambivalence Toward Women 60
The Potential Power of Women 62
The Virtuous Woman 64
A Patriarchal View of Motherhood 67
The Embrace of Liberal Values 68
The Critique of the Bourgeois Market 70
Political Freedom 74
Freedom, Independence, and the Contradictions of Patriarchy 76
5 Mary Wollstonecraft: The Feminist Embrace and Criticism of Liberalism 89
The Liberal Assault Against Aristocratic and Male Right 90
Woman, Rationality, and Bourgeois Society 93
Woman, Work, and Economic Class in Eighteenth-Century England 96
The Middle-Class Woman as Mother 99
Liberalism vs. Radical Feminism 102
6 J. S. Mill and Harriet Taylor: Liberal Individualism, Socialism, and Feminism 113
The Problem of Individuality and Liberal Individualism 114
The Problem of Liberal Individualism 116
Liberal Individualism and the Working Class 119
On Socialism 122
Liberal Individualism and Women 127
Woman's Work at Home and in the Marketplace in the Victorian Age 129
The Patriarchal Bias of Liberal Feminism 132
7 Elizabeth Cady Stanton: Radical Feminist Analysis and Liberal Feminist Strategy 145
The New Femininity vs. Liberal Ideology 146
Women's Rights Against "The Aristocracy of Sex" 149
Liberal Individualism and Feminism 152
Stanton as a Radical Feminist 155
The Enfranchisement of Women as Liberal Feminist Strategy 162
Pt. III The Contemporary Practice of Liberal Feminism 175
8 Friedan's Liberal "Feminist Mystique" and the Changing Policies of NOW 177
Feminist Politics and a Liberal Theory of Power 179
The Liberal Feminist Mystique 184
A Conception of Individuality vs. Liberal Individualism for Feminism 190
The Practice of Liberal Feminism and the Politics of NOW 192
9 The Contradiction Between Liberal Individualism and the Patriarchal Family: The "Working Mother's" Double-Day and Her Sexual Ghetto in the Labor Force 201
The Contradictory Needs of Patriarchy and Capitalism 204
The "Working Mother" and the Sexual Ghetto in the Labor Force 206
The "Working Mother" and Feminism 212
10 The Capitalist Patriarchal State and the Politics of Liberal Feminism 220
The State, Patriarchy, and Capitalism 222
Toward a Feminist Theory of the State 225
Contemporary Liberal Feminism 229
THE ERA as a Necessary but Not Sufficient Strategy for Feminists 232
Reproductive Rights: Pregnancy Disability and the Politics of Abortion 236
Current Political Struggles: New Right vs. Feminists 241
Liberal Feminism and the State: The Houston Women's Conference and Abzug's Dismissal 244
Intrastate Conflict: Carter and Abzug 246
Postscript 254
Index 257
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