"FEMINISM IN OUR TIME: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present" by Miriam -- Ed. Schneir

"FEMINISM IN OUR TIME: The Essential Writings, World War II to the Present"

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This collection is all over the place--as any honest anthology claiming to represent feminism must be. Beginning with Simone de Beauvoir and ending with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, editor Schneir (editor of Feminism, 1971) offers a broad survey of ""second-wave feminism."" The book is divided into chronologically arranged category headings, including Reawakening; Sisterhood; ""We Cannot Rely on Existing Ideologies""; Our Bodies; and Themes of the Eighties and Nineties. Entries range from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which mandated equal employment opportunity for women) to Andrea Dworkin's indictment of pornography. Shulamith Firestone resents the tyranny of biology, while Anne Sexton celebrates her uterus; Mary Daly reaches for a feminist theology, while Eleanor Holmes Norton labors to create a practical feminist politics. The entries, while brief, convey a sense of feminism's true diversity--so diverse, in fact, that it's possible to believe that feminism isn't an ""ism"" at all.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1994
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Vintage/Random House