By Sarah Gamble

Approachable for basic readers in addition to for college kids in women's reports comparable classes in any respect degrees, this worthy advisor follows the original spouse structure in combining over a dozen in-depth historical past chapters with greater than four hundred A-Z dictionary entries. The heritage chapters are written by way of significant figures within the box of feminist experiences, and comprise thorough assurance of the heritage of feminism, in addition to large discussions of themes equivalent to Postfeminism, males in Feminism, Feminism and New applied sciences and Feminism and Philosophy. The dictionary entries conceal the key members and matters necessary to an knowing either one of feminism's roots and of the developments which are shaping its destiny. Readers will locate entries on humans similar to Aphra Behn, Simone de Beauvoir, Princess Diana, Courtney Love and Robert Bly, and on topics similar to Afro-American feminism, plastic surgery, the 'new man', prostitution, reproductive applied sciences and 'slasher' motion pictures.

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He concentrates on the way society has traditionally oppressed women and treated them as slaves: an analogy he makes at intervals throughout the book. For this he blames the ‘legal subordination of one sex to the other’, which he sees as being wrong in itself and ‘one of the chief hindrances to human improvement’. The legal subordination, he argues, is based on nothing more than the fact that men are physically stronger, which Mill proves to be an absurd reason for wanting to give one group of people power over another.

In Britain, however, the major theoretical developments lay in neither of these two directions, but within two further strands of feminist thinking which emerged during the early 1970s: socialist feminism and psychoanalytic feminism. BRITAIN In 1966 Juliet Mitchell’s essay ‘Women: the Longest Revolution’ appeared in New Left Review. Pre-dating by some two years both Mitchell’s own feminist activism and the founding of Britain’s first women’s liberation groups, the essay was a response to the publication in 1961 of The Long Revolution by Marxist critic Raymond Williams.

Germaine Greer, The Female Eunuch (1971)) For Betty Friedan, writing The Feminine Mystique in 1963, feminism was dead. For those who followed her analysis of the ‘problem that has no name’ by taking up the challenge of naming and defining women’s oppression, the relationship of this emerging ‘new feminism of women’s liberation’ to the ‘old feminism of equal rights’ was more complex. Most initially preferred to draw a line between the two, arguing like Sheila Rowbotham that whilst ‘women’s liberation does have strands of the older equal-rights feminism,…it is something more’: it is the product of a changed social and political context and possesses a sharper and far more radical feminist consciousness (Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World (1973)).

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