The Other within Us: Feminist Explorations of Women and Aging

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forces a rethinking of feminist theory by illuminating ways in which it has been conceptualized without regard for age and ageism.

The major contribution that the issue of aging can make to feminism is the mandate to re-examine all feminist theory in light of this dimension. And the major contribution that feminism can make for those concerned with aging is to provide a model and some of the personnel of a successful social movement. Scott ( 1982) has shown that a fringe benefit of women's activism is longevity. If this is true, we can expect feminists to age well and to contribute to a vibrant anti-ageism movement.


I would like to thank the following people for helpful discussions or correspondence concerning this paper: Thelma Nason, Mary Gilfus, Kathy Kautzer, Mickey Friedman, Denise Connors, Kathy MacPherson, Robbie Pfeiuffer, Karl Pilemer, Becky Thompson, Morrie Schwartz, Paula Rayman, Karen Fields, Mary Ann Wilner, Janet Giele, Connie Cutter, Loraine Obler, Paula Doress, Oliva Espin, Buffy Dunker, Brinton Lykes, Hortensia Amaro, Ruth Jacobs and Annette Rickel.

Fortunately, this letters continues with the widow saying she will try a widows' support group. The emergence of these groups is the product of the work of another feminist, Phyllis Silverman ( 1986).


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