Age matters : realigning feminist thinking by Toni M. Calasanti

By Toni M. Calasanti

This quantity of unique chapters is designed to carry cognizance to a ignored region of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of many years of feminist stories we're now good proficient of the complicated ways in which gender shapes the lives of girls and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered energy family interface with race and ethnicity, type and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of previous age and age family to gender represents the subsequent frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, top nationwide and foreign feminist students of getting older take first steps during this path, illuminating how age family engage with different social inequalities, relatively gender. In doing so, the authors problem and rework feminist scholarship and plenty of taken with no consideration options in gender studies.

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And so I must conclude that The Feminine Mystique did change my life, whether I realized it or not. S. Supreme Court issued the Roe v. S. Supreme Court issued the Taylor v. Louisiana decision, making it illegal to prohibit women from sitting on juries; and in the same year as that ruling, all four branches of the military accepted women into their ranks. We debated some of these issues, especially the need for women’s sports, abortion rights, and women in the military, in my social studies classes.

Yet, as a gerontologist, I find that Friedan’s final words, to some degree, ring hollow. This effect is due largely to Friedan’s unwillingness to explore, with the same open-minded curiosity, the darker side of aging, including disability, chronic illness, senility, social isolation, and poverty, and to her inability to recognize the potential for growth within the experiences of loss and disability. indb 39 6/13/06 9:20:25 AM 40 • Age Matters: Realigning Feminist Thinking older than sixty who are not living in nursing homes.

Friedan largely credits her college education for the courage to research and write The Feminine Mystique, although she never acquired an advanced degree. It is apparent, too, in The Fountain of Age and her autobiography, that Friedan’s training in psychology had a lifelong influence. Among Friedan’s first mentors was the Gestalt psychologist Kurt Koffka, who taught her to climb “mental mountains” and who impressed upon her the concept of part-to-whole.  41). Friedan later applied this principle in The Feminine Mystique, arguing that, while women largely derive the meaning of their lives from culture, individual women can change their perceptions and, collectively, change the culture.

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