The Word of a Woman: Selected Prose, 1968-1991

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These two decades (almost a quarter-century, in fact) of essays are a personal window into the birth, truths, and changes of the Women's Movement, by one who co-founded this feminist wave and who has been there - nationally and internationally - for it all. From the first Miss America Pageant protest in 1968 to the "divorce" from the New Left, from the first fights for abortion rights to the burgeoning of a global feminist consciousness and actions, Robin Morgan raised, embraced, and recorded issues from ...
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Overview

These two decades (almost a quarter-century, in fact) of essays are a personal window into the birth, truths, and changes of the Women's Movement, by one who co-founded this feminist wave and who has been there - nationally and internationally - for it all. From the first Miss America Pageant protest in 1968 to the "divorce" from the New Left, from the first fights for abortion rights to the burgeoning of a global feminist consciousness and actions, Robin Morgan raised, embraced, and recorded issues from housewives' rage to racism, through women's love for women to global peace, neocolonialism, and the environment. Here is her voice in its full range: alternately journalistic, humorous, intensely personal, meditative, theoretical, and analytical, but always impassioned - with an obsession for human freedom and for the power of language.

These two decades' worth of essays open a window into the birth, truth, and changes of the women's movement covering such issues as housewives' rage, racism, women's love for women, global peace, the environment, and neocolonialism. Robin Morgan--feminist spokesperson and editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine--writes with an impassioned plea for human freedom.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With a minimum of manipulative rhetoric, well-known feminist Morgan ( The Demon Lover ) takes us on an exhilarating odyssey through the women's movement of the past quarter-century in this selection of essays, meditations, polemics and theoretical articles. Pieces on the first Miss America Pageant protest and on women's rage at male-chauvinist leftists seem a bit dated, but Morgan addresses contemporary issues such as the causal links between pornography and acts of violence against women. She also draws analogies between women and colonized peoples and sketches a ``feminist diplomacy'' to help women bridge barriers of race, class, age, ethnicity and sexual preference. Surveying the international crime of female genital mutilation, Morgan calls for the abolition of this practice. In trenchant travel pieces, Morgan, editor-in-chief of Ms. magazine, reports on feminist stirrings in the Philippines and on the plight of Palestinian women in Israel's Occupied Territories. Her pieces should instill hope, energy and commitment into feminism. (Nov.)
Ryn Etter
"Ms." editor Morgan's new collection of essays is strong, funny, angry, empowering. In a media-proclaimed "post-feminist" era with women's rights secured and the "revolution" over ("I must have been in the shower when it happened," Morgan dryly observes), it asserts that feminism is very much alive and the personal is still political. "Politics in the deepest sense is not restricted to deals made in the halls of the powerful or demonstrations marched in the streets of the powerless"; Morgan says "`Politics' is also what a solitary woman does at three a.m., sitting at the kitchen table with a mug of tea and a damp handkerchief, thinking about how to change her life." Described by her as "the signposts of one participatory observer," Morgan's pieces here cover more than 20 years of national and global politics marked by the 1968 Miss American Pageant protest, the Intifada, revolution in the Philippines, the massacre of women in Montreal, and struggles over abortion rights, racism, and genital mutilation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393034271
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 11
I From the 1960s and 1970s 19
Women vs. the Miss America Pageant (1968) 21
The Wretched of the Hearth (1969) 30
Goodbye to All That (1970) 49
A New Fable of the Burning Time (1974) 70
On Women as a Colonized People (1974) 74
Theory and Practice: Pornography and Rape (1974) 78
The International Crime of Genital Mutilation (1979) 90
II From the 1980s 103
Blood Types: An Anatomy of Kin (1981) 105
The New Physics of Meta-Politics (1982) 139
The World Without de Beauvoir (1986) 173
A Paler Shade of Racism (1987) 179
The Politics of Silence (1989) 185
III From the 1990s 197
A Massacre in Montreal (1990) 199
Women in the Intifada (1992) 206
Two Essays on Another Just War (1991) 232
400 Years in the Convent and 50 Years in Hollywood: The Philippines (1990) 244
Feminist Diplomacy (1991) 271
The Word of a Woman (1991) 275
Index 295
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