By Toni M. Calasanti
This quantity of unique chapters is designed to deliver realization to a ignored quarter of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of a long time of feminist reports we're now good knowledgeable of the advanced ways in which gender shapes the lives of girls and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered energy kin interface with race and ethnicity, type and sexual orientation. severe theorizing of previous age and age family 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 kinfolk engage with different social inequalities, really gender. In doing so, the authors problem and rework feminist scholarship and lots of taken with no consideration techniques in gender studies.
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It rounds out the odyssey of the woman whose personal crises have fueled public revolutions” (qtd. in Hennessee 1999: 273–74). Despite the massive press coverage, public interest in The Fountain of Age was short-lived, and the book has had little social impact. Friedan’s biographers reflect this lack of interest, devoting only a few pages to The Fountain of Age. Hennessee, for example, reserves seven pages of her 288-page book to Friedan’s age research. In her autobiography, Friedan expresses surprise that The Fountain of Age is still in print.
Biographer Judith Hennessee (1999) challenges this selfrepresentation, claiming that Friedan could “give as good as she got” when it came to Carl, thereby making it difficult for her to assume, either privately or publicly, the role of victim. ” (Friedan 2000: 224). In sum, by anyone’s account, even Friedan’s, The Feminine Mystique is a flawed book. But it was a product of its time, and its historical influence is inarguable, as is the influence of Friedan. What seems most significant now is Friedan’s vision of the potential in women’s lives over time—from generation to generation and within a single generation.
Significantly, Friedan mentions none of the feminist critiques or gender-sensitive analyses of aging that were circulating in academe during the 1980s and early 1990s (Macdonald and Rich 1983; Riley 1985; Rossi 1985; Reinharz 1986; Minkler and Estes 1991; Older Women’s League 1986, 1987, 1990) nor does she reference the work of other popular feminists writing about age, such as Susan Sontag or Germaine Greer. Such omission gives credence to a criticism that has trailed Friedan throughout her long career: she writes, primarily, for self-promotion, and she is no friend to other feminists.
Age matters : realigning feminist thinking by Toni M. Calasanti