By Toni M. Calasanti
This quantity of unique chapters is designed to carry realization to a overlooked sector of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of many years of feminist reviews we're now good trained of the advanced ways in which gender shapes the lives of ladies and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered energy kin interface with race and ethnicity, classification and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of previous age and age kin to gender represents the subsequent frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, major nationwide and overseas feminist students of getting older take first steps during this path, illuminating how age family members have interaction with different social inequalities, rather gender. In doing so, the authors problem and remodel feminist scholarship and plenty of taken without any consideration strategies in gender studies.
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All personal yearning and striving were to occur before marriage. Afterward, a woman’s ambitions were to be sublimated to those of her husband and children. ) As for the development of women’s individual identities, the feminine mystique left them to face, without role models or cultural resources, a “terrifying blank which [made] them unable to see themselves after twenty-one” (Friedan 1963: 64). This terror—the agony of growing up and exercising the freedom of choice necessary to build an independent identity—was avoidable by following the conventional path of “feminine adjustment,” which seduced women away from autonomy.
Friedan’s life, in connecting the 1960’s and the Old Left, [gives] second-wave feminism a richer heritage, one of which both Friedan and American feminists should be proud” (p. 13). The revelations of Friedan’s Communist affiliations also problematize radical feminists’ out-of-hand dismissals of Friedan on the basis of political conservatism. But if not by marriage and motherhood, how did Betty Friedan become politicized? indb 28 6/13/06 9:20:22 AM The Personal as Political • 29 your mother or father; and what you did or would do with your life would, could, must make a difference” (Friedan 2000: 55).
I was a sophomore in college, preparing to be a journalist, like Friedan, and currently enrolled in a sociology class on changing sex roles in America. ”) I skimmed a few pages and put The Feminine Mystique on my bookshelf. It was not required reading for the sociology course or for any course I completed subsequently nor did it factor into my graduate studies or in any research I conducted thereafter. ” Or did it? indb 21 6/13/06 9:20:21 AM 22 • Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking adolescence and early adulthood.