By Bonnie Morris, Phillip Evans
Historical past books have both blurred, glossed, or passed over many occasions and folks all through heritage related to ladies and their roles in furthering the development of the world's cultures. what's women's heritage? Is it the background of intercourse or gender? Is it scholarly heritage, or a feminist perspective? Is it the tale of queens? Witches? Housewives? Rosie the Riveter? Why might one have to research the realm from any such standpoint? If ladies give a contribution lots, why didn't we find out about them in our early institution years? Women's heritage For newcomers will demystify those very questions and set the list immediately.
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No doubt there are also thousands of women who have quietly concluded that if this ideal is feminism, then feminism has nothing to do with them. i i In short, feminists are at a theoretical impasse. If a feminist politics that advocates restrictions on male sexuality leads inexorably to the Toward a feminist Sexual Revolution 31 sexual repression of women and the strengthening of anti-feminist forces, such a politics is obviously untenable. But how can women support sexual freedom for both sexes without legitimizing the most oppressive aspects of male sexual behavior?
But that argument loses its force if sexual repression is itself deeply inimical to human well-being and even survival; if indeed repression fosters, rather than curbs, sexual and social irresponsibility and violence. The radical Freudian analysis of sex is embedded in its psychosocial analysis of the family—specifically, of how children are inducted into the established social order, a crucial issue for feminists. In contemporary feminist discourse, however, these are two quite separate discussions.
I don't think they can. Adults can too easily manipulate children's needs for affection, protection, and approval; children are too inexperienced to understand all the implications of what they're agreeing to (or even, in some cases, initiating). And it seems to me that what attracts adults to children is precisely their "innocence"—which is to say their relative powerlessness. There is the question, though, of where to draw lines. At what age does a child become a young person, and when does protecting children from exploitation become a denial of young people's sexual autonomy?