• Social Science

Daring to be Bad

Radical Feminism in America, 1967-1975
Author: Alice Echols
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816617876
Category: Social Science
Page: 416
View: 8097
"A fine introduction to the bold, contentious, complicated women who categorically refused to be good little girls, and thereby changed the way our culture defines male-female relations".--Voice Literary Supplement.

    • Social Science

The New Feminist Movement


Author: Marion Lockwood Carden
Publisher: Russell Sage Foundation
ISBN: 1610441060
Category: Social Science
Page: 252
View: 7692
The feminist movement has become an established force on the American political and social scene. Both the small consciousness-raising group and the large, formal organization command the attention of our legislative bodies, media, and general public. Maren Lockwood Carden's new book is the first to look beyond feminist ideas and rhetoric to give a detailed study of the movement—its structure, membership, and history of the organizations that form a major part of present-day feminism. Fair, objective, and comprehensive, her study is based on participant observation and in-depth interviews with rank and file members and local and national leaders in seven representative cities during 1969-1971. In Dr. Carden's analysis, the movement has two divisions. First, the hundreds of small, informal "Women's Liberation" consciousness-raising and action groups. Second, the large, formally structured "Women's Rights" organizations like the National Organization for Women (NOW) and the Women's Equity Action League. For both types of organizations, Dr. Carden covers members' reasons for participation; organizational structure; strategies and actions; and the relationship between ideology and structure, including the attempts by many groups to work as "participatory democracies." She also discusses the development of the movement from the mid-sixties to the present, and evaluates the long-term prospects for achieving the objectives of the various new feminist groups. Anyone interested in organizations, personality and society, and social change will welcome this detailed description and history of a complex and rapidly changing social movement. Highly readable and free of technical jargon, The New Feminist Movement tells us what's been happening to women in the last decade, what they want now, and where they may be headed in the future.

    • Social Science

Personal Politics

The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left
Author: Sara Evans
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307773604
Category: Social Science
Page: 288
View: 3626
The women most crucial to the feminist movement that emerged in the 1960's arrived at their commitment and consciousness in response to the unexpected and often shattering experience of having their work minimized, even disregarded, by the men they considered to be their colleagues and fellow crusaders in the civil rights and radical New Left movements. On the basis of years of research, interviews with dozens of the central figures, and her own personal experience, Evans explores how the political stance of these women was catalyzed and shaped by their sharp disillusionment at a time when their skills as political activists were newly and highly developed, enabling them to join forces to support their own cause. From the Trade Paperback edition.

    • History

Radical Sisters

Second-wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington
Author: Anne M. Valk
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 0252032985
Category: History
Page: 253
View: 975
How racial and class differences influenced the modern women's movement

    • Language Arts & Disciplines

Radical Feminism, Writing, and Critical Agency

From Manifesto to Modem
Author: Jacqueline Rhodes
Publisher: SUNY Press
ISBN: 0791484106
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 140
View: 4032
Links radical feminist writings of the 1960s and 1970s to contemporary online women's networks.

    • History

Shaky Ground

The '60s and Its Aftershocks
Author: Alice Echols
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231106702
Category: History
Page: 303
View: 6614
Of late, religion seems to be everywhere, suffusing U.S. politics and popular culture and acting as both a unifying and a divisive force. This collection of manifestos, Supreme Court decisions, congressional testimonies, speeches, articles, book excerpts, pastoral letters, interviews, song lyrics, memoirs, and poems reflects the vitality, diversity, and changing nature of religious belief and practice in American public and private life over the last half century. Encompassing a range of perspectives, this book illustrates the ways in which individuals from all along the religious and political spectrum have engaged religion and viewed it as a crucial aspect of society. The anthology begins with documents that reflect the close relationship of religion, especially mainline Protestantism, to essential ideas undergirding Cold War America. Covering both the center and the margins of American religious life, this volume devotes extended attention to how issues of politics, race, gender, and sexuality have influenced the religious mainstream. A series of documents reflects the role of religion and theology in the civil rights, feminist, and gay rights movements as well as in conservative responses. Issues regarding religion and contemporary American culture are explored in documents about the rise of the evangelical movement and the religious right; the impact of "new" (post-1965) immigrant communities on the religious landscape; the popularity of alternative, New Age, and non-Western beliefs; and the relationship between religion and popular culture. The editors conclude with selections exploring major themes of American religious life at the millennium, including both conservative and New Age millennialism, as well as excerpts that speculate on the future of religion in the United States. The documents are grouped by theme into nine chapters and arranged chronologically therein. Each chapter features an extensive introduction providing context for and analysis of the critical issues raised by the primary sources.

    • History

Feminism and Suffrage

The Emergence of an Independent Women's Movement in America, 1848-1869
Author: Ellen Carol DuBois
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 9780801486418
Category: History
Page: 220
View: 6765
In the two decades since Feminism and Suffrage was first published, the increased presence of women in politics and the gender gap in voting patterns have focused renewed attention on an issue generally perceived as nineteenth-century. For this new edition, Ellen Carol DuBois addresses the changing context for the history of woman suffrage at the millennium.

    • Social Science

Moving the Mountain

The Women's Movement in America Since 1960
Author: Flora Davis
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252067822
Category: Social Science
Page: 628
View: 1548
Presents the story of the struggles and triumphs of thousands of activists who achieved 'half a revolution' between 1960 and 1990. This book presents a grass-roots view of the small steps and giant leaps that have changed laws and institutions as well as the prejudices and unspoken rules governing a woman's place in American society.

    • History

Suffragists in an Imperial Age

U.S. Expansion and the Woman Question, 1870-1929
Author: Allison L. Sneider
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195321162
Category: History
Page: 209
View: 7601
Suffragists in an Imperial Age demonstrates how seemingly disparate conversations about the physical boundaries of national territory and the genered boundaries of political space overlapped and inflected each other during post-Civil War efforts to rebuild the nation in new terms. This book argues that US expansion was crucial to the development of the post-bellum US woman suffrage movement and shows how federal discussions of citizenship and voting rights in the context of creating territorial governments in the continental West and, after the Spanish-American War, in the Caribbean and the Pacific, created space on the Congressional calendar for suffragists to instigate debate on the woman question. In the negotiation of global power relations across the twentieth century and into the present, political rights for women continues to function as a marker of success for experiments in expanding democracy, as well as a bargaining chip for reasserting some degree of political independence for men. This book shows how by 1929, suffragists were on the verge of making women's voting rights an integral part of US colonial policy, and adding votes for women to the list of markers symbolizing the achievement of "civilization" in US colonies.

    • Social Science

Desiring Revolution

Second-Wave Feminism and the Rewriting of Twentieth-Century American Sexual Thought
Author: Jane Gerhard
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231528795
Category: Social Science
Page: 192
View: 3578
There was a moment in the 1970s when sex was what mattered most to feminists. White middle-class women viewed sex as central to both their oppression and their liberation. Young women started to speak and write about the clitoris, orgasm, and masturbation, and publishers and the news media jumped at the opportunity to disseminate their views. In Desiring Revolution, Gerhard asks why issues of sex and female pleasure came to matter so much to these "second-wave feminists." In answering this question Gerhard reveals the diverse views of sexuality within feminism and shows how the radical ideas put forward by this generation of American women was a response to attempts to define and contain female sexuality going back to the beginning of the century. Gerhard begins by showing how the "marriage experts" of the first half of the twentieth century led people to believe that female sexuality was bound up in bearing children. Ideas about normal, white, female heterosexuality began to change, however, in the 1950s and 1960s with the widely reported, and somewhat shocking, studies of Kinsey and Masters and Johnson, whose research spoke frankly about female sexual anatomy, practices, and pleasures. Gerhard then focuses on the sexual revolution between 1968 and 1975. Examining the work of Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer, Erica Jong, and Kate Millet, among many others, she reveals how little the diverse representatives of this movement shared other than the desire that women gain control of their own sexual destinies. Finally, Gerhard examines the divisions that opened up between anti-pornography (or "anti-sex") feminists and anti-censorship (or "pro-sex") radicals. At once erudite and refreshingly accessible, Desiring Revolution provides the first full account of the unfolding of the feminist sexual revolution.

    • Fiction

Passionate Politics

Feminist Theory in Action
Author: Charlotte Bunch
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312302290
Category: Fiction
Page: 372
View: 2375
Essays discuss feminism, reform, lesbianism, education, the media, and the status of women around the world.

    • Social Science

Finding the Movement

Sexuality, Contested Space, and Feminist Activism
Author: A. Finn Enke
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822390388
Category: Social Science
Page: 386
View: 6148
In Finding the Movement, Anne Enke reveals that diverse women’s engagement with public spaces gave rise to and profoundly shaped second-wave feminism. Focusing on women’s activism in Detroit, Chicago, and Minneapolis-St. Paul during the 1960s and 1970s, Enke describes how women across race and class created a massive groundswell of feminist activism by directly intervening in the urban landscape. They secured illicit meeting spaces and gained access to public athletic fields. They fought to open bars to women and abolish gendered dress codes and prohibitions against lesbian congregation. They created alternative spaces, such as coffeehouses, where women could socialize and organize. They opened women-oriented bookstores, restaurants, cafes, and clubs, and they took it upon themselves to establish women’s shelters, health clinics, and credit unions in order to support women’s bodily autonomy. By considering the development of feminism through an analysis of public space, Enke expands and revises the historiography of second-wave feminism. She suggests that the movement was so widespread because it was built by people who did not identify themselves as feminists as well as by those who did. Her focus on claims to public space helps to explain why sexuality, lesbianism, and gender expression were so central to feminist activism. Her spatial analysis also sheds light on hierarchies within the movement. As women turned commercial, civic, and institutional spaces into sites of activism, they produced, as well as resisted, exclusionary dynamics.

    • Philosophy

Arts of the Political

New Openings for the Left
Author: Ash Amin,Nigel Thrift
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 0822354012
Category: Philosophy
Page: 239
View: 1857
Seeking to reinvigorate the political Left, Ash Amin and Nigel Thrift advocate an experimental "world-making" politics that is able to adapt to changing circumstances, shifting categories, and emergent problems.

    • History

Sex Wars

Sexual Dissent and Political Culture (10th Anniversary Edition)
Author: Lisa Duggan,Nan D. Hunter
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317721373
Category: History
Page: 360
View: 5014
This book is a collection of essays written during the 1980s and 1990s, generated as parts of other, larger activist efforts going on at the time. Read together, the essays trace the progress of the conversations between different activist groups, and between the authors of the pieces, Lisa Duggan and Nan Hunter, creating a bridge between feminists, gay activists, those in politics, and those in the law. Since the 1995 publication of Sex Wars, the political landscape has altered significantly. Yet the issues (and essays) are still relevant today. The anniversary edition contains a new chapter dealing with the changes in the law since the book's publication (Lawrence v. Texas, for example).

    • Fiction

The Shutter of Snow


Author: Emily Holmes Coleman
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
ISBN: 9781564781475
Category: Fiction
Page: 125
View: 2233
In a prose form as startling as its content, The Shutter of Snow portrays the post-partum psychosis of Marthe Gail, who after giving birth to her son, is committed to an insane asylum. Believing herself to be God, she maneuvers through an institutional world that is both sad and terrifying, echoing the worlds of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Snake Pit. Based upon the author's own experience after the birth of her son in 1924, The Shutter of Snow retains all the energy it had when first published in 1930.

    • History

The Sixties and the End of Modern America


Author: David Steigerwald
Publisher: Forge Books
ISBN: 9780312090074
Category: History
Page: 328
View: 1778
This is an historical narrative that describes and analyzes the changes and excitement of the 60s. The author sees the period as one that proved Americans can do better than they have done in the me-decade of the 80s. He proposes that it was a time that rejected complacency in order to recover a zeal for the pursuit of excellence, for the nation to re-awaken to a sense of national mission and ideals; and a time when artists, intellectuals and the young offered alternatives to what the nation had become. The book focuses on what this period meant in US history, and addresses current issues, bringing an historical perspective to bear on issues of race, ethnicity and gender, among others.

    • History

Public Women, Public Words

A Documentary History of American Feminism
Author: Dawn Keetley,John Pettegrew
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 1461641535
Category: History
Page: 566
View: 9526
This final volume in the Public Women, Public Words series focuses on what has come to be called the second wave of American feminism. It traces the resurgence of feminism in the late 1960s—from Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women to the anarchist and lesbian identity dimensions of radical feminism. Including topics such as sexual autonomy, abortion, the Equal Rights Amendment, and the black-feminist resistance to the white-dominated second wave, this volume reflects the unprecedented range of women's issues taken up by feminists during the 1970s and beyond. Volume III also charts the great diffusion of feminism with separate sections on multicultural feminism and the feminist presence in media and pop culture. Finally, through the recent writings of feminist intellectuals, it looks toward a third feminist wave for the new millennium. Public Women, Public Words: A Documentary History of American Feminism provides a comprehensive view of the many strands of feminist thought and actions and is essential for every women's studies and feminism collection.

    • Social Science

Feeling Women’s Liberation


Author: Victoria Hesford
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 082239751X
Category: Social Science
Page: 349
View: 473
The term women's liberation remains charged and divisive decades after it first entered political and cultural discourse around 1970. In Feeling Women's Liberation, Victoria Hesford mines the archive of that highly contested era to reassess how it has been represented and remembered. Hesford refocuses debates about the movement’s history and influence. Rather than interpreting women's liberation in terms of success or failure, she approaches the movement as a range of rhetorical strategies that were used to persuade and enact a new political constituency and, ultimately, to bring a new world into being. Hesford focuses on rhetoric, tracking the production and deployment of particular phrases and figures in both the mainstream press and movement writings, including the work of Kate Millett. She charts the emergence of the feminist-as-lesbian as a persistent "image-memory" of women's liberation, and she demonstrates how the trope has obscured the complexity of the women's movement and its lasting impact on feminism.

    • History

American Anti-Nuclear Activism, 1975-1990

The Challenge of Peace
Author: K. Harvey
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137432845
Category: History
Page: 234
View: 4695
Looking at national peace organizations alongside lesser-known protest collectives, this book argues that anti-nuclear activists encountered familiar challenges common to other social movements of the late twentieth century.