``In these 15 essays Stimpson's passionate, scholarly convictions give resonance to feminist themes that have become worn,'' commented PW. She defines one central task of feminism to be the exposing of misrepresentations of women in mass media, everyday speech and religion. (Nov.)
This collection of essays on such seemingly diverse subjects as civil rights, feminist theory and criticism, and the signification of Nancy Reagan's hat, retrospectively documents the career of an exceptional and innovative feminist scholar. One of the women responsible for the success and respect that women's studies has achieved within academia, Stimpson provides a useful historical resource for exploring the social context in which the field has developed and the strategies necessary, within and without educational frameworks, to insure its future. Her wit and lucidity combine to make these critical essays both delightful and instructive.Mollie Brodsky, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.