Radical Feminists: A Guide to an American Subculture

Radical Feminists: A Guide to an American Subculture

Radical Feminists: A Guide to an American Subculture

Radical Feminists: A Guide to an American Subculture

Synopsis

"Radical Feminists: A Guide to an American Subculture" provides a current, comprehensive introduction to the Radical Feminists of the 1960s and 1970s, familiarizing readers with the individuals, organizations, actions, and philosophies that comprised this now-historic movement.

Of course, the feminists of the 1960s and 1970s stood on the shoulders of the crusaders who came before. Thus, the book looks at important historical events that paved the way for Radical Feminism, also examining the influence of the Women's Suffrage, Civil Rights, and New Left Movements. Specific social and political issues that concerned the Radical Feminists are explored, including sexuality, sex roles, contraception, and abortion; equal opportunity; feminism in the media; and women in leadership. Finally, the work scrutinizes the fate of the Radical Feminists and their legacy, discussing how their work affected the women's movement overall and how it affects the women--and men--of today.

Excerpt

This book provides two connotations to the term radical feminist. The first emphasizes the feminist arm of the New Left radical movement, including the activities of the civil rights, antiwar, and anticapitalism contingencies. These radical feminists were the women of the radical movement, who sought a greater role in these campaigns. These women became tired of their secondary, supportive, submissive roles to the men of organizations such as Student Nonviolent Coordinating Council, Students for a Democratic Society, Mobilization Committee to End the War in Vietnam, The Weathermen, and others. These radical feminists quickly realized that their place in the radical left was a reflection of women’s place in the larger society. It was a place of limited opportunity, subservient power, and second-thought recognition. The women could no longer wait for the men to lift the oppression that the men themselves perpetuated.

As time went on and the women’s liberation movement blossomed in America, the term radical feminist took on a different context. The radical feminists became the far left agitating edge of the women’s movement. It was the segment of the movement that fought for the recognition of lesbians as a political entity, campaigned for universal abortion rights for all women, and lobbied for equal . . .

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