By Sally Armstrong

This e-book is set the ultimate frontier for girls: having regulate over your individual physique, even if in zones of clash, in rural villages, on college campuses or on your personal kitchen. contemporary reviews through economists resembling Jeffrey Sachs and social scientists comparable to Isobel Coleman declare that ladies who achieve such control--who aren't oppressed--are the most important to fiscal justice and the tip to violence in constructing nations round the world.

Daughters of the Revolution will describe the perilous trip that introduced girls up to now. it is going to inform the dramatic and empowering tales of change-makers and consider the beautiful braveness, tenacity and wit they're utilizing to change the established order. it's the tale of a dawning of a brand new revolution, whose chapters are being written in mud-brick homes in Afghanistan and on Tehrir sq. in Cairo; within the forests of the Congo the place ladies nonetheless conceal from their attackers; and in a protect in northern Kenya the place one hundred sixty women among three and 17 are pursuing a old courtroom case opposed to a central authority who didn't guard them from rape.

Women revolutionaries in Toronto and Nairobi, in Kabul and Caracas, in ny urban and Lahore are making background. girls internationally are marching to protest honour killing, polygamy, stoning and a dozen different religiously or culturally sanctified acts of violence. Sally Armstrong will carry us those voices from the barricades, inspiring and courageous.

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For them feminism is, therefore, largely a cultural movement, a new ideology, or a new consciousness. But the socialist countries also consider women's emancipation as a cultural or ideological affair (see chapter 6). After the abolition of private property and the socialist transformation of production relations, it is assumed that all remaining problems in the man-woman relation are 'cultural lags', ideological survivals of the past 'feudal' or 'capitalist' society which can be overcome through legal reform, education, persuasion, cultural revolutions and, above all, constant exhortation and propaganda.

Anyone who wants to reach a realistic foundation for international feminist solidarity has to try to understand how these divisions along sex, race and class lines are combined. A mere appeal to more 'sisterhood' or international solidarity will not be sufficient. As regards the divisions on the ideological and political planes, there have been attempts to categorize and label the various tendencies in the new feminist movement. Thus, some tendencies are called 'radical feminism', others 'socialist feminism' or 'Marxist feminism', others 'liberal feminism'; sometimes, depending on the political affiliation of the speaker, a tendency may also be denounced as 'bourgeois feminism'.

What is needed is a new historical and theoretical analysis of the interrelation between women's exploitation and oppression, and that of other categories of people and of nature. Women following other tendencies, labelled 'radical' or 'liberal' feminism, have tried to fit their analysis into some other theoretical framework. Thus psychoanalysis has been the theoretical point of departure for many feminists in the USA, in France and West Germany (Millet, 1970; Mitchell, 1975; Irrigaray, 1974; Janssen-Jurreit, 1976).

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