Women's Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings: Classic and Contemporary Readings / Edition 4

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Women’s Voices is an introductory women's studies reader crafted to include a balance of recent contemporary readings with historical and classic pieces. This student-friendly text provides short, accessible readings reflecting the diversity of women’s experiences. Chapter introductions provide background information on each chapter's topic, including explanations of key concepts and ideas and references to the subsequent reading selections. This new edition includes revised chapter framework essays that reflect the most up-to-date research and theory in the field.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073512280
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 9/5/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents


1 Women’s Studies: Perspectives and Practices

What Is Women’s Studies?

How Did Women’s Studies Come About?

What Were the Origins of Women’s Rights Activism in the United States?

What Is the Status of Women’s Studies on College Campuses Today?

What Does Women’s Studies Have to Do with Feminism?

What Are the Myths Associated with Feminism?

1 ADRIENNE RICH | Claiming an Education


3 DEBORAH SIEGEL | The Movement That Has No Name

4 BELL HOOKS | Feminist Politics: Where We Stand

5 REBECCA WALKER | We Are Using This Power to Resist

6 ESTELLE B. FREEDMAN | The Global Stage and the Politics of Location

7 DEBORAH L. RHODE | Denials of Inequality

8 ANNA QUINDLEN | Still Needing the F Word

2 Systems of Privilege and Inequality in Women’s Lives

Difference, Hierarchy, and Systems of Privilege and Inequality


Ideology and Language

9 PATRICIA HILL COLLINS | Toward a New Vision: Race, Class, and Gender as Categories of Analysis and Connection

10 MARILYN FRYE | Oppression

11 LOIS KEITH | Tomorrow I’m Going to Rewrite the English Language

12 SUZANNE PHARR | Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism

13 PEGGY MCINTOSH | White Privilege and Male Privilege

14 GLORIA YAMATO | Something About the Subject Makes It Hard to Name

15 DONNA LANGSTON | Tired of Playing Monopoly?

16 BABA COPPER | Voices: On Becoming Old Women

17 SUSAN WENDELL | The Social Construction of Disability

18 JUNE JORDAN | Report from the Bahamas

3 Learning Gender in a Diverse Society

Biology and Culture



Gender Ranking

19 ANNE FAUSTO-STERLING | Two Sexes Are Not Enough

20 JUDITH LORBER | The Social Construction of Gender

21 PAMELA J. BETTIS AND NATALIE GUICE ADAMS | Short Skirts and Breast Juts: Cheerleading, Eroticism and Schools

22 NELLIE WONG | When I Was Growing Up

23 JUDY WAJCMAN | Virtual Gender

24 DEBRA ROSENBERG | (Rethinking) Gender

25 R. W. CONNELL | Masculinities and Globalization

4 Sex, Power, and Intimacy

The Social Construction of Sexuality

The Politics of Sexuality



27 BELL HOOKS | Romance: Sweet Love

28 JENNIFER BAUMGARDNER | What Is Bisexuality?

29 ELLEN BASS | Gate C22


31 EMILY OXFORD | Prue Shows Her Knickers

32 PAULA GUNN ALLEN | Some Like Indians Endure

33 PINAR ILKKARACAN | Women, Sexuality, and Social

Change in the Middle East

5 Inscribing Gender on the Body

Bodies, Nature, and Women

The “Beauty” Ideal

Eating Disorders

Resisting the “Beauty” Ideals

34 AMY BLOOM | Hermaphrodites with Attitude

35 JOAN JACOBS BRUMBERG | Breast Buds and the “Training” Bra

36 GLORIA STEINEM | If Men Could Menstruate

37 LISA R. RUBIN,MAKO L. FITTS, AND ANNE BECKER | Body Ethics and Aesthetics Among African American and Latina Women

38 ROSE WEITZ | What We Do for Love

39 LISA MIYA-JERVIS | Hold That Nose

40 COURTNEY E. MARTIN | Love Your Fat Self

41 MAYA ANGELOU | Phenomenal Woman

42 JONATHAN WATTS | China’s Cosmetic Surgery Craze

43 SIMONE WEIL DAVIS | Designer Vaginas

6 Health and Reproductive Rights

Health and Wellness

Reproductive Choice

44 DAVID SATCHER,MD | American Women and Health Disparities

45 VIVIAN DICKINSON,MD | The Tolling of the Bell: Women’s Health, Women’s Rights

46 LINDA GORDON | Is Nothing Simple About Reproduction Control?

47 SELDON MCCURRIE | Eyes on the Prize

48 AGNES R. HOWARD AND NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | Cursed by God? Two Essays on a Theme

49 MARGARET SANGER | My Fight for Birth Control

50 JAEL SILLMAN,MARLENE GERBER FRIED,LORETTA ROSS, AND ELENA R. GUTIÉRREZ | Women of Color and Their Struggle for Reproductive Justice

51 ELEANOR COONEY | The Way It Was

7 Family Systems, Family Lives

Definitions of Family

Institutional Connections

Power and Family Relationships


52 EMMA GOLDMAN | Marriage and Love

53 MIRANDA KENNEDY | Cheaper than a Cow

54 LISA MIYA-JERVIS | Who Wants to Marry a Feminist?

55 HEIDI BRUGGINK | Don't Give Up Your Day Job: Leslie Bennetts on The Feminine Mistake

56 CHARLENE GOMES | Partners as Parents: Challenges Faced by Gays Denied Marriage

57 AUDRE LORDE | Man Child: A Black Lesbian Feminist’s Response

58 BI SHUMIN (TRANS.SHI JUNBAO) | Broken Transformers

8 Women’s Work Inside and

Outside the Home

Unpaid Labor in the Home

Paid Labor

59 PAT MAINARDI | The Politics of Housework


61 BARBARA EHRENREICH | Maid to Order: The Politics of Other Women’s Work

62 EVELYN HU-DEHART | Surviving Globalization: Immigrant Women Worker in Late Capitalist America

63 MARTHA BURK | Power Plays: Six Ways the Male Corporate Elite Keeps Women Out

64 CARRIE N. BAKER | The Women’s Movement Against Sexual Harassment

65 KIMBERLY KLINGER | Prostitution, Humanism, and a Woman’s Choice

Discussion Questions for Chapter 8

Suggestions for Further Reading

9 Women Confronting and Creating Culture

The Internet


LEARNING ACTIVITY | Top Blogs on Feminism and Women’s Rights

The Movies

Contemporary Music and Music Videos


Print Media

Literature and the Arts

66 VIRGINIA WOOLF | Thinking About Shakespeare’s Sister

67 AUDRE LORDE | Poetry Is Not a Luxury

68 GLORIA ANZALDÚA | The Path of the Red and Black Ink

69 ARIEL LEVY | Female Chauvinist Pigs

70 KRISTI TURNQUIST | A Woman’s Role Is . . . on Television

71 JENNIFER L. POZNER AND JESSICA SEIGEL | Desperately Debating Housewives

72 AYA DE LEON | If Women Ran Hip-Hop

73 RONNI ARMSTEAD | "Growing the Size of the Black Woman": Feminist Activism in Havana Hip Hop

74 JENNIFER BLEYER | Cut-and-Paste Revolution: Notes from the Girl Zine Explosion

75 JESSICA VALENTI | Pop Culture Gone Wild

10 Resisting Violence Against Women


Battering and Physical Abuse



76 ANDREA SMITH | Beyond the Politics of Inclusion: Violence Against Women of Color and Human Rights

77 ALICE LEUCHTAG | Human Rights: Sex Trafficking and Prostitution


79 DEBRA ANNE DAVIS | Betrayed by the Angel: What Happens When Violence Knocks and Politeness Answers?

80 JOETTA CARR | Campus Sexual Violence

81 GRACE CAROLINE BRIDGES | Lisa’s Ritual, Age 10

82 JOHN STOLTENBERG | Pornography and Freedom

83 HELEN CLARKSON | War Crimes

84 JANE FONDA | Reclaiming Our Mojo

11 State, Law, and Social Policy

Government and Representation

Women and the Law

Public Policy

The Criminal Justice System

The Military

85 SUSAN B. ANTHONY | Constitutional Argument

86 CATHARINE A. MACKINNON | Law in the Everyday Life of Women

87 ELLEN BRAVO | What This Nation Really Thinks of Motherhood: Welfare Reform

88 ROBIN TEMPLETON | She Who Believes in Freedom: Young Women Defy the Prison Industrial Complex

89 BAY FANG | The Talibanization of Iraq

90 CYNTHIA ENLOE | Demilitarizing Society in a Globalized World

12 Religion and Spirituality in Women’s Lives

Religion as Oppressive to Women

Religion as Empowering to Women

Women and God-Language

Reinterpreting and Reconstructing Traditions

Creating New Spiritual Traditions

91 ELIZABETH CADY STANTON | Introduction to The Woman’s Bible

92 KAYLIN HAUGHT | God Says Yes to Me

93 KAREN MCCARTHY BROWN | Fundamentalism and the Control of Women

94 PAULA GUNN ALLEN | Grandmother of the Sun: The Power of Woman in Native America

95 ASRA Q. NOMANI | The Islamic Bill of Rights for Women in Mosques

96 JUDITH PLASKOW | Standing Again at Sinai

97 ALICIA OSTRIKER | Everywoman Her Own Theology

98 STARHAWK | Witchcraft and Women’s Culture

99 PYTHIA PEAY | Religion and Feminism’s Fourth Wave

13 Activism, Change, and Feminist Futures

The Promise of Feminist Education


Future Visions

100 LISA MARIE HOGELAND | Fear of Feminism: Why Young Women Get the Willies

101 PHYLLIS ROSSER | Too Many Women in College?

102 MICHAEL KIMMEL | Real Men Join the Movement

103 DAZÓN DIXON DIALLO | Reflections of a Human Rights Educator

104 ALICE H. EAGLY AND LINDA L. CARLI | Women and Leadership

105 RUTH ROSEN | Epilogue: Beyond Backlash

106 JENNY JOSEPH | Warning
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