Magazine article Herizons

Thinking like a Woman: Personal Life and Political Ideas

Magazine article Herizons

Thinking like a Woman: Personal Life and Political Ideas

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SUMACH PRESS, 2001

In her weekly column for The Kingston Whig-Standard, Christine Overall signs off as a "feminist and professor of philosophy." She titled this collection of her columns Thinking Like A Woman because, "one of the goals of feminism is to make thinking like a woman socially acceptable."

Overall draws on her life experiences as a feminist, mother, academic and woman to present stories from her personal life and present her views on current political and social issues.

By combining personal stories with her political ideas, Overall gives life to the phrase "the personal is political" in ways that may speak more personally than academic writing does. At least it spoke to me in a more personal way.

I found myself feeling that Overall had been able to put many of my thoughts and feelings on paper -- that she had somehow gotten not only inside my life, but inside my head. Her writing style made me think that I was having a virtual conversation, not just reading her words. …

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