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By Toni M. Calasanti

This quantity of unique chapters is designed to deliver awareness to a missed quarter of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of many years of feminist reviews we're now good proficient of the complicated ways in which gender shapes the lives of ladies and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered strength family members interface with race and ethnicity, classification and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of previous age and age relatives to gender represents the following frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, prime nationwide and overseas feminist students of getting older take first steps during this path, illuminating how age family have interaction with different social inequalities, really gender. In doing so, the authors problem and rework feminist scholarship and lots of taken with no consideration thoughts in gender studies.

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Friedan describes how a pernicious “feminine mystique” had been woven into the social fabric by the media, education, Freudian psychology, and current theories of human development. ” At the root of women’s problems, according to the feminine mystique, was the envy of men, as opposed to the acceptance of “their own nature, which can find fulfillment only in sexual passivity, male domination and nurturing maternal love” (Friedan 1963: 37). Friedan goes on to describe the effects of this myth on women’s lives over time.

S. intervention in World War II prior to Pearl Harbor, along with other liberal causes. She attended a summer course at the Highlander Folk School, a famous activist camp. After college, Friedan worked as a reporter for the Federated Press, a leftist news service, for which she wrote stories “promoting unions, exposing and opposing corporate exploitation, denouncing racism and sexism” (Boucher 2003: 3). Friedan later took a job for the newsletter of the United Electrical, Radio, and Machine Workers of America, for which she wrote a pamphlet denouncing the exploitation of women workers and arguing equal pay for equal work.

And so, as a culture, we must allow women’s bodies, minds, and spirits to grow into old age. To facilitate this process, we need to accept that aging is a natural progression and then engage in a new study of “learning to be old,” one in which feminism and other progressive beliefs underwrite the curriculum (Cruikshank 2003). To develop this progressive curriculum, feminist researchers need to start by exploring their own fears and biases regarding age. We will need to learn to recognize ageism, as well as sexism, and hold ourselves accountable for overcoming it personally and politically, in the way we live our lives and engage with others.

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