Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings by Miriam Schneir

By Miriam Schneir

Listed here are the fundamental historic writings of feminism. a lot of those works, lengthy out of print or forgotten in what Miriam Schneir describes as a male-dominated literary culture, are eventually introduced out of obscurity and into the sunshine of latest research and feedback. incorporated are greater than 40 decisions, coveting one hundred fifty years of writings on women's fight for freedom -- from the yankee Revolution to the 1st a long time of the 20 th century.

This up-to-date, wide-ranging assortment encompasses the the most important problems with women's oppression. a stunning measure of continuity among the tips of the previous and the hot feminism is clear all through. In her choice, Miriam Schneir has by way of handed writings that deal completely with the outmoded subject of suffrage as a way to concentration realization at the nonetheless unsolved feminist difficulties: marriage as an device of oppression; woman's wish to regulate her personal physique; the industrial independence of ladies; the quest for selfhood.

This richly varied assortment comprises excerpts from books, essays, speeches, records, letters, in addition to poetry, drama, and fiction. broad commentaries through the editor aid the reader see the historic context of every choice.

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The contemporary woman displays health by taking a stance of resistance to prevailing fashion ideals; she "takes control" of her wardrobe and her self­presentation.  They're not real. " In addition, in her general categorization of the women of fashion—"they're always," "they never"—Marsha suggests a low tolerance for deviation from narrowly defined criteria for female attractiveness in the world of fashion.

Barbara's discussion of the ideal body, for example, is connected to a release from rigid standards; yet, her language choices and her "list" of requisites for attractiveness imply that women's "health" involves numerous restrictions.  You have to look healthy, and in looking healthy you can't be pale, you can't look tired, you can't look fat, you can't look flabby.  Simultaneously, she, like many women, defines health by identifying aesthetic concerns.  To illustrate, Ellen observes a connection between physical attractiveness and power within hierarchically organized institutions and practices.

12).  64).  Implicating women's reproductive functions as evidence for female pathology points to cultural and medical visions of feminine sexuality as diseased or disease­producing.  3 If she is given a label of disease, however, medical intervention underscores the legitimacy of women's natural propensity for disease.  But just like the habitual criminal, the overeater doesn't really understand his motives.  It should come as no surprise, then, given the history of women and disease, that such women are seen as offensive because they occupy a space reserved for men.

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