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This best-selling anthology is a unique introduction to feminism and women’s studies. It presents a multidisciplinary collection of academic essays and analyses, personal narratives, and fiction and poetry about women’s lives. The selections illustrate the variety of women’s experiences, primarily in the United States, considering both commonalities and differences among women and appreciating women’s diverse approaches to living and fostering change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073127644
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 11/2/2006
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Amy Kesselman iwas an active member of a Chicago Women’s Liberation in the late 1960’s. She is currently Professor of Women’s Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz where she has taught women’s studies and women’s history since 1981. She received a Master’s degree in history from Portland State University and began teaching women’s studies at Mount Hood Community College, in Gresham , Oregon.. She is the author of Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver during World War II and Reconversion (SUNY Press, 1990) and Women: Images and Realities : A Multicultural Anthology ( Mayfield, 1995 and 1998; Mc Graw Hill 2002) as well as several articles on the history of U.S. feminism. She is currently working on a book on women’s liberation in New Haven, Connecticut.

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Table of Contents

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1. Talking Back, BELL HOOKS

2. Sins of Silence, MAI KAO THAO

3. Claiming an Education, ADRIENNE RICH

4. The Politics of Black Women’s Studies, AKASHA (GLORIA T.) HULL AND BARBARA SMITH

5. Men and Women’s Studies: Premises, Perils, and Promise, MICHAEL KIMMEL

6. Have You Ever Heard of Asian-American Feminists?, STACEY G.H. YAP

7. Voices of Women's Studies Students: Women’s Studies as a Growth Process, DANISTA HUNTE; Finding My Latina Identity Through Women’s Studies, LUANA FERREIRA;What Women’s Studies Has Meant To Me, LUCITA WOODIS;Why Women’s Studies?, DEBORAH HALSTEAD LENNON;Women’s Studies: A Man’s Perspective, EVAN WEISSMAN

*8. Women's Studies as Women's History, MARILYN J. BOXER


Dominant Ideas About Women

9. The Problem That Has No Name, BETTY FRIEDAN

10. A Work of Artifice, MARGE PIERCY

11. Purification, GRACEPOORE

12. To Be Real, DANZY SENNA

13. Blazes of Truth, SUSAN SCHNUR

14. In Search of Liberation, DEBRA KENT

15. Brideland, NAOMI WOLF

16. On Being a "Good Girl": Implications for Latinas in the United States, ELISA DAVILA

*17. Girls: We are the Ones Who Can Make a Change, ANA GROSSMAN and EMMA PETERS-AXTELL

18. Not a Pretty Girl, ANI DIFRANCO

Learning Gender


20. Klaus Barbie and Other Dolls I’d Like to See, SUSAN JANE GIILMAN

*21. An Educator's Primer on the Gender War, DAVID SADKER

22. The Sexual Politics of Interpersonal Behavior, NANCY HENLEY AND JO FREEMAN

23. Teen Mags: How to Get a Guy, Drop 20 Pounds, and Lose Your Self-Esteem, ANASTASIA HIGGINBOTHAM

*24. The Unreal World, JENNIFER L. POZNER

*25. No Respect: Gender Politics and Hip-Hop, JOHNNETTA COLE and BEVERLY GUY-SHEFTALL

26. Mutineers in Mainstream Music: Heralds of a New Feminist Wave? NAOMI WEISSTEIN

27. Video, INDIA.ARIE

28. X: A Fabulous Child’s Story, LOIS GOULD


Female Beauty

29. The Beauty Myth, NAOMI WOLF

30. When I Was Growing Up, NELLIE WONG

31. To Other Women Who Were Ugly Once, INES HERNANDEZ-AVILA

32. Nose Is A Country... I Am the Second Generation, AISHE BERGER

33. The Body Politic, ABRA FORTUNE CHERNIK

34. Breaking the Model, GRACIELA (CHELY) RODRIQUEZ

35. The Fat Girl Rules the World, JULY SIEBECKER

36. Homage to My Hair, LUCILLE CLIFTON

37. Homage to My Hips, LUCILLE CLIFTON

Sexuality and Relationships

38. Lusting for Freedom, REBECCA WALKER

39. “We Don’t Sleep Around Like White Girls Do": Family, Culture and Gender in Filipina-American Lives,” YEN LE ESPIRITU

40. Esta Risa No Es De Loca, CARIDAD SOUSA

41. Pleasures, DIANE HUGS

42. Loving Another Woman, ANNE KOEDT

*43. In Search of the Elusive Orgasm, LORI L. THARPS

44. Bisexuality, Feminism, Men and Me, ROBYN OCHS


Women and Work

**45. An Overview of Women and Work, ELLEN BRAVO, GLORIA SANTA ANA AND LINDA MERIC

46. Questions and Answers about Pay Equity, NATIONAL COMMITTEE FOR PAY EQUITY

47. The Politics of Housework, PAT MAINARDI OF REDSTOCKINGS

48. The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued, ANN CRITTENDEN

**49. Friendly for Whose Family? BETTY HOLCOMB

**50. 9to5: Organizing Low-Wage Women, ELLEN BRAVO, GLORIA SANTA ANA AND LINDA MERIC

*51. Sexual Harassment, ELLEN BRAVO

*52. Sexual Harassment and the Law, ARLENE FOY REYNOLDS

53. In Case of Sexual Harassment: A Guide for Women Students, BERNICE SANDLER

*54. Each Day I Go Home with a New Wound in My Heart, MIRIAM CHING YOON LOUIE


Women, the Law and Social Policy

56. Women and the Law, KRISTIN MICCIO

*57. Unequal: A Global Perpsective on Women Under the Law, JESSICA NEUWIRTH

58. How to Bring Children Up Without Putting Women Down, ANN CRITTENDON

59. Exploding the Stereotypes: Welfare, RITA HENLEY JENSEN

**60. New Welfare Regime, Same Single-Mother Poverty Problems, RANDY ALBELDA

*61. If I Survivie, It Will Be Despite Welfare Reform, TONYA MITCHELL
*62. Women in Sport: A Journey Toward Equality, PAT GRIFFIN

Women and the Family

**63. Family and Women's Lives, SUSAN LEHRER

64. Seventeen Syllables, HISAYE YAMAMOTO

65. A Long Story, BETH BRANT

66. Elena, PAT MORA

67. "Don't You Talk About My Mama!", JUNE JORDAN

68. Working at Single Bliss, MARY HELEN WASHINGTON

69. A Marriage Agreement, ALIX KATES SCHULMAN


Women and Religion

71. My Church Threw Me Out, MARY ANN SORRENTINO

72. Reactions to a Woman Rabbi, LAURA GELLER

73. Christian Fundamentalism: Patriarchy, Sexuality and Human Rights, SUSAN D. ROSE

*74. The Black Church: What's the Word? JOHNNETTA COLE AND BEVERLY GUY SHEFTALL
*75. Rethinking Women's Issues in Muslim Communities, KECIA ALI

*76. Revelations, LINDA VILLAROSA

*77. In Her Own Image, ROSE SOLARI


The Health Care System

*78. The Politics of Women's Health, in the United States, BOSTON WOMEN'S HEALTH BOOK COLLECTIVE
*79. Uninsured, Exposed and at Risk-But Not Powerless, LOURDES A. RIVERA

80. Mandatory Doctor's Visit, DIANA HUGS

*81. The Feminization of AIDS, MARIELENA ZUNIGA

*82. Necessity was the Midwife of Our Politics, DEBORAH GRAYSON

*83. Native American Women's Health Resource Education Center, JAEL SILLIMAN, MARLENE FRIED, LORETTA ROSS, AND ELENA GUITTIEREZ
*84. Breast Cancer Activism: Moving Beyond the Mammography Debate, SABRINA MCCORMICK

Reproductive Freedom

85. Abortion: Is a Woman a Person?, ELLEN WILLIS

86. Lost Woman Song, ANI DIFRANCO

87. Talking with the Enemy, ANNE FOWLER ET AL.

**88. Parental Consent Laws: Are They a "Reasonable Compromise"? MIKE MALES

89. Testimony of William Bell (on Raised Bill #5447), CONNECTICUT STATE LEGISLATURE

90. Using Pregnancy to Control Women, RUTH HUBBARD

91. Killing the Black Body, DOROTHY ROBERTS

*92. Abortion in the U.S.: Barriers to Access, MARLENE GERBER FRIED


"Take a Closer Look": Racism in Women's Lives

93. Defining Racism: "Can We Talk?" BEVERLY DANIEL TATUM

94. Codes of Conduct, ADRIENNE SU


96. I Am Not Your Princess, CHRYSTOS

97. Take a Closer Look, CARRIE CASTRO

98. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, PEGGY MCINTOSH

99. An Autobiography (excerpt), ANGELA DAVIS

The Legacy of Class

100. Tired of Playing Monopoly? DONNA LANGSTON

101. Sisters, BARBARA NEELY

102. Jewish and Working Class, BERNICE MENNIS

103. Poverty, Hopelessness, and Hope, KENDALL A. JOHNSON

104. Grace Paley Reading, TOI DERRICOTTE

"Are You Some Kind of Dyke?": The Perils of Heterosexism

105. "Homophobia and Sexism," SUZANNE PHARR


107. Chicana Lesbians: Fear and Loathing in the Chicano Community, CARLA TRUJILLO

108. Livin' in a Gay Family, MEGAN MCGUIRE

109. I Lost It in the Movies, JEWELLE GOMEZ

*110. Courage from Necessity, MR. BARB GREVE

Older, Wiser, and Marginalized: Ageism in Women's Lives

**111. Older Women: The Realities, OLDER WOMEN'S LEAGUE

112. Women in the Tower, CYNTHIA RICH

113. The Day Nani Fell and I Wasn't There to Catch Her, ANNA MARIE QUEVEDO

*114. Over The Hill and Out of Sight, JANICE KEAFFABER

Understanding and Valuing Difference

*115. Rights, Realities and Issues of Women with Disabilities, LAURA HERSHEY

116. Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference, AUDRE LORDE

117. Fence Sitters, Switch Hitters, and Bi-Bi Girls: An Exploration of Hapa and Bisexual Identities, BEVERLY YUEN THOMPSON

118. Boundaries: Arab/American, LISA SUHAIR MAJAJ

*119. Why Race Matters to a White Dyke, NELL GEISER

120. Bringing the Global Home, CHARLOTTE BUNCH

121. Friday Night, LINDA HOGAN


Violence Against Women in Intimate Relationships

122. Battering: Who's Going to Stop It? ANN JONES



125. La Princesa, LATINA ANOMIMA

126. Holding Up More Than Half the Heavens, MARGARETTA WAN LIN AND CHENG IMM TAN

127. Bringing Women's Studies to a Battered Women's Shelter, COLLEEN FARRELL

Sexual Violence Against Women and Girls

128. Rape, The All American Crime, SUSAN GRIFFIN

129. Whose Body Is It Anyway? PAMELA FLETCHER

*130. High-School Gauntlet, RACHEL

131. With No Immediate Cause, NTOSAKE SHANGE

132. Naming and Studying Acquaintance Rape, PEGGY REEVES SANDAY

*133. Rape and Gender Violence: From Impunity to Accountability in International Law, RHONDA COPELON

*134. Stronger Than You Know, RACHEL MODELL

Incestuous Sexual Abuse

**135. Protecting Male Abusers and Punishing the Women Who Confront Them: The Current Status of Child-Sex Abuse in America, LANETTE FISHER-HERTZ

136. Making Sense of the Experience of Incest Survivors, PERI L. RAINBOW

137. Bubba Esther 1888, RUTH WHITMAN


Feminism as a Social Movement

**138. The First and Second Waves of Feminism in the U.S., AMY KESSELMAN

139. The Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention, 1848

*140. What Feminism Means to Me, GEORGE MIDDLETON

141. Consciousness Raising: A Radical Weapon, KATHIE SARACHILD

142. The Boston Women's Health Book Collective, SUSAN BROWNMILLER

*143. The Making of the Vanguard Center, BENITA ROTH

144. The Development of Chicana Feminist Discourse, ALMA GARCIA

145. Thoughts on Indian Feminism, KATE SHANLEY

146. Presenting the Blue Goddess: Toward a National Pan-Asian Feminist Agenda, SONIA SHAH

147. Blame It On Feminism, SUSAN FALUDI

*148. Whose Security? CHARLOTTE BUNCH

149. The Globetrotting Sneaker, CYNTHIA ENLOE

*150. Transnational Collaboration in Support of Sweatshop Workers: Union Organizing in El Salvador: In Solidarity with U.S. Students, SONIA BEARTRIZ LARA and United States Against Sweatshops, LIZA FEATHERSTONE AND UNITED STUDENTS AGAINST SWEATSHOPS

Women Organizing, Many Issues, Many Voices

*151. Struggles of Responsibility, WINONA LADUKE

152. style no. 1, SONIA SANCHEZ

153. Becoming the Third Wave, REBECCA WALKER

154. Black Feminism at Twenty-One: Reflections on the Evolution of a National Community, BARBARA RAMSBY


156. Construction Workers, Subway Creeps and Other Daily Hazards, MARTHA LANGELAN

*157. Domestic Workers Organize in the Global City, AI-JEN POO AND ERIC TANG

158. Just Sex: Students Rewrite the Rules on Sex, Violence and Equality, JODY GOLD AND SUSAN VILLARI

159. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Fture, JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER AND AMY RICHARDS

*160. Voices of Women’s Studies Graduates: Real Life: Women's Studies in Action, LORI GROSS; Becoming a Feminist Doctor, SHARON THOMPSON; *A Women's Studies Graduate Goes to Africa, CONSTANCE RIVERA

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    Spectacular Anthology About Women

    Women: Images and Realities is an incredible read. I would recommend this book to women and men who are interested in learning about issues women face daily. Inspirational, satisfying, intriguing, incredible, this is an fantastic and easy read. I highly recommend this book to students taking a Woman's Studies class. The compilation of stories integrated into this book are absolutely moving. Although this book lacks pictures, the stories paints visual pictures themselves. The introductions of each topic are useful for individuals who enjoy reading about what is expected. The index was also organized is an easy manner for individuals who are looking for a quick page number. With poems, stories, declarations, this book has it all! Definitely worth the read!

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