By Toni M. Calasanti
This quantity of unique chapters is designed to deliver cognizance to a overlooked quarter of feminist scholarship - getting older. After numerous a long time of feminist experiences we're now good educated of the complicated ways in which gender shapes the lives of girls and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered strength family interface with race and ethnicity, category and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of previous age and age relatives to gender represents the subsequent frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, major nationwide and overseas feminist students of getting older take first steps during this path, illuminating how age family members engage with different social inequalities, rather gender. In doing so, the authors problem and rework feminist scholarship and plenty of taken without any consideration recommendations in gender studies.
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In a sense that goes beyond any one woman’s life, I think this is the crisis of women growing up—a turning point from an immaturity that has been called femininity to full human identity. (Friedan 1963: 72) Friedan recognizes that a woman could feel the stirrings of an identity crisis in midlife and choose, again, not to heed the call. She describes two types of evasion common to women and culturally promoted by the feminine mystique: noncommitment, particularly to larger social issues outside one’s self and the family sphere, and vicarious living, which entails a systematic denial and repression of one’s own personality in conjunction with a “destructive symbiosis” whereby women live out their own ambitions through husbands and children.
When they spent time away from husbands and children to pursue their own interests, they felt guilty; when they stayed home, they felt restless, bored, empty, and incomplete. Some had extramarital affairs. 26). Friedan believed that what was fatiguing women wasn’t the daily demands of housewifery but the energy they lost to stifling personal ambition and thwarting the psychic need for larger purpose and meaning in life. Friedan concludes, “It is easy to see the concrete details that trap the suburban housewife, the continual demands on her time.
Adorno’s The Authoritarian Personality had a great influence on her understanding of the personality types most likely to turn revolutions into dogma and to stifle the democratic spirit necessary for human evolution. From Hannah Arendt’s essay “On Revolution,” she learned that revolution is best thought of as a process, not an event, which requires continuous questioning and transforming. “Above all,” Friedan concludes in Life So Far, “I began to feel an aversion to any and all political dogma that didn’t seem to come from real life.
Age matters : realigning feminist thinking by Toni M. Calasanti