Category: Feminism

By Virginia Woolf

“Radiant as [To the Lighthouse] is in its good looks, there may by no means be a mistake approximately it: here's a novel to the final measure critical and uncompromising. i feel that past being concerning the very nature of fact, it's itself a imaginative and prescient of reality.”—Eudora Welty, from the Introduction

 

The serene and maternal Mrs. Ramsay, the tragic but absurd Mr. Ramsay, and their kids and diverse site visitors are on vacation at the Isle of Skye. From the likely trivial postponement of a trip to a close-by lighthouse, Woolf constructs a impressive, relocating exam of the complicated tensions and allegiances of kinfolk lifestyles and the clash among males and women.

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By Asha Nadkarni

Asha Nadkarni contends that each time feminists lay declare to citizenship according to women’s organic skill to “reproduce the state” they're partaking in a eugenic project—sanctioning replica by way of a few and prohibiting it through others. making use of a variety of assets from the USA and India, Nadkarni exhibits how the exclusionary impulse of eugenics is embedded in the phrases of nationalist feminism.

Nadkarni unearths connections among U.S. and Indian nationalist feminisms from the past due 19th century during the Seventies, demonstrating that either demand feminist citizenship founded at the reproductive physique because the starting place of the state. She juxtaposes U.S. and Indian feminists (and antifeminists) in provocative and efficient methods: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s utopian novels regard eugenic replica as a necessary type of nationwide construction; Sarojini Naidu’s political speeches and poetry posit liberated Indian girls as lively brokers of a nationalist and feminist modernity predating that of the West; and Katherine Mayo’s 1927 mom India warns white U.S. ladies that Indian copy is a “world menace.” moreover, Nadkarni lines the refashioning of the icon Mother India, first in Mehboob Khan’s 1957 movie Mother India and Kamala Markandaya’s 1954 novel Nectar in a Sieve, and later in Indira Gandhi’s self-fashioning as mom India in the course of the Emergency from 1975 to 1977.

By uncovering an understudied historical past of feminist interactivity among the us and India, Eugenic Feminism brings new intensity either to our figuring out of the advanced courting among the 2 countries and to modern feminism.

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By Sheri S. Tepper

A wave of fundamentalism is sweeping around the globe because the millennium methods, and a power-hungry  presidential candidate sees his price ticket to luck in making an instance out of a teenage woman who deserted her child in a Dumpster. Taking the girl's case is Carolyn Crespin, a former legal professional, who left her activity for a quiet kin lifestyles. Now she needs to name upon 5 neighbors from university, who took a vow to regularly stand jointly. yet their good fortune may possibly rely on the help of Sophy, the enigmatic 6th buddy, whom all of them believed useless.

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By Ann V. Murphy

Examines how violence has been conceptually and rhetorically positioned to exploit in continental social idea. photos of violence get pleasure from a specific privilege in modern continental philosophy, one appear within the ubiquity of violent metaphors and the prominence of one of those rhetorical funding in violence as a motif. Such pictures have additionally proficient, restricted, and influenced contemporary continental feminist thought. In Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary, Ann V. Murphy takes word of wide-ranging references to the topics of violence and vulnerability in modern idea. She considers the moral and political implications of this language of violence with the purpose of unveiling alternative routes during which identification and the social bond can be imagined, and encourages a few serious distance from the pictures of violence that pervade philosophical critique. “Violence and the Philosophical Imaginary makes a distinct and noteworthy contribution to modern discussions of violence. what's targeted concerning the technique of the publication is that, from a place squarely at the aspect of nonviolence, Ann Murphy embarks on a severe research of reviews of violence. this is often as courageous because it is necessary.” — Rosalyn Diprose, writer of Corporeal Generosity: On Giving with Nietzsche, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas Ann V. Murphy is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Fordham collage.

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By Inga Muscio

An old identify of appreciate for girls, the observe “cunt” some time past veered off this noble direction. Inga Muscio strains the line from honor to expletive, giving girls the inducement and instruments to say “cunt” as a good and robust strength of their lives. during this totally revised variation, she explores, with candidness and humor, such conventional feminist concerns as contraception, sexuality, jealousy among ladies, and prostitution with a clean angle for a brand new new release of ladies. Sending out a choice for each girl to be the Cuntlovin’ Ruler of Her Sexual Universe, Muscio stands conference on its head by means of embracing all issues cunt-related. This variation is totally revised with up-to-date assets, a brand new foreword from sexual pioneer Betty Dodson, and a brand new afterword by way of the writer. “Bright, sharp, empowering, long-lasting, valuable, sexy....”—San Francisco Chronicle “... Cunt presents fertile flooring for mental growth.”—San Francisco Bay mum or dad “Cunt does for feminism what smoothies did for high-fiber diets—it reinvents the oft-indigestible into whatever candy and delicious.”—Bust Magazine

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During this paintings, I advertise a discussion among Drama and function reports in regards to the functionality of gender in way of life and at the degree. whereas Judith Butler and others have argued that the performativity of gender needs to be tested outdoors of theatre, I argue that theatre promises us with a distinct lens during which to envision facets of gender that may be missed in way of life. The performs and function paintings i've got selected spotlight diverse modes of acting gender via representations of the feminine physique, which introduce the strain among the discursively produced physique and the lived, phenomenological physique onstage. by way of exploring this rigidity, I argue that the performativity of gender onstage arises from a mixture of phrases, the presentation of exact our bodies, and the audience's reaction to the degree motion. I compile iconic playwright Samuel Beckett with Cuban-American functionality artist Ana Mendieta and Irish playwright Marina Carr to be able to symbolize assorted modes of functionality. This examine may still end up beneficial for students in theatre, functionality reports, and gender reviews, who're drawn to analyzing gender in a theatrical context.

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By Sarah Franklin

New reproductive applied sciences, similar to in vitrio fertilization, were the topic of severe public dialogue and debate world wide. as well as tricky moral, ethical, own and political questions, new applied sciences of assisted belief additionally increase novel socio-cultural dilemmas. How are parenthood, kinship and procreation being redefined within the context of recent reproductive applied sciences? Has reproductive selection develop into a part of customer tradition? Embodied Progress deals a different standpoint on those and different cultural dimensions of assisted belief ideas. in response to ethnographic learn in Britain, this research foregrounds the reviews of ladies and who endure IVF, while additionally asking how such studies should be variously understood.

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By Andrea Dworkin

Andrea Dworkin, as soon as referred to as “Feminism’s Malcolm X,” has been worshipped, reviled, criticized, and analyzed-but by no means overlooked. the ability of her writing, the eagerness of her beliefs, and the ferocity of her mind have spurred the arguments and activism of 2 generations of feminists. Now the ebook that she’s most sensible identified for-in which she provoked the argument that finally break up aside the feminist movement-is being reissued for the younger ladies and males of the twenty-first century. Intercourse enraged as many readers because it encouraged while it was once first released in 1987. In it, Dworkin argues that during a male supremacist society, intercourse among women and men constitutes a important a part of women’s subordination to males. (This argument was once quickly-and falsely-simplified to “all intercourse is rape” within the public enviornment, including fireplace to Dworkin’s already radical persona.) In her advent to this twentieth-anniversary version of Intercourse, Ariel Levy, the writer of Female Chauvinist Pigs, discusses the conditions of Dworkin’s premature demise within the spring of 2005, and the large impression of her existence and paintings. Dworkin’s argument, she issues out, is the stickiest query of feminism: Can a lady struggle the ability while he stocks her bed?

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By Stephanie Coontz

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy along with her bestselling ebook, The female Mystique. ladies wrote to her by means of the masses to assert that the publication had remodeled, even kept, their lives. approximately part a century later, many girls nonetheless keep in mind the place they have been and what they have been doing once they first learn the publication. In A unusual Stirring, favorite historian of ladies and marriage Stephanie Coontz strips away the myths, studying what The female Mystique truly acknowledged, and which teams of girls have been affected. Coontz takes us again to the early Sixties – the age of Mad males – whilst the sexual revolution was once slightly nascent, center type better halves stayed at domestic, and husbands retained criminal keep an eye on over virtually each point of relatives lifestyles. in keeping with large learn within the magazines and pop culture of the Forties, Nineteen Fifties, and early Sixties, in addition to interviews with men and women who learn The female Mystique presently after its book, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how Friedan’s booklet emboldened a iteration of girls to gain that their boredom and dissatisfaction stemmed from political injustice instead of own weakness.

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By Susan Squire

A provocative survey of marriage and what it has intended for society, politics, faith, and the home.
For 10000 years, marriage―and the assumption of marriage―has been on the very starting place of human society. during this provocative and impressive e-book, Susan Squire unravels the turbulent background and plenty of implications of our most elementary establishment. beginning with the invention, lengthy earlier than recorded time, that intercourse results in paternity (and for that reason to couplehood), and best as much as the sunrise of the fashionable "love marriage," Squire delves into the numerous methods women and men have come jointly and what the country in their unions has intended for historical past, society, and politics – particularly the politics of the home.
This booklet is the fabricated from 13 years of excessive learn, yet much more than the highbrow scope, what units it aside is Squire's voice and contrarian boldness. realized, acerbic, opinionated, and humorous, she attracts on every little thing from Sumerian mythology to Renaissance theater to Victorian housewives' manuals (sometimes all whilst) to create a brilliant, kaleidoscopic view of the numerous issues marriage has been and intended. the result's a booklet to impress and fascinate readers of all ideological stripes: feminists, traditionalists, conservatives, and progressives alike.

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