Regarding Some 'Old Husbands' Tales': Public and Private in Feminist History
There is no easy passage from 'women' to 'humanity'
( Denise Riley, 1988)
A central platform of feminist critique and attempted revision of mainstream thought has focused on the construction and boundaries of classifications: of femininity and masculinity, women and men, woman and man. These classifications have in turn been linked to the construction of other highly significant categories, the complicated--and slippery--notions of public and private.
The everyday usage of a public and private distinction has led to much confusion. When feminists, mainly anthropologists, first____________________
I am grateful for advice and suggestions about these ideas from discussion with Carole Adams, Monika Bernold, Barbara Caine, Delfina Dolza, Christe Hammerle, Alice Kessler-Harris, Catherine Hall, David Lee, Jane Lewis, Susan Margarey, Jill Matthews, Jane Rendall, Sonya Rose, Alison Scott, Eleni Varikas, Ulla Wikander, and especially to my colleague Ludmilla Jordanova for her critical but always supportive suggestions. Diana Gittins provided invaluable editorial critique. Finally, my thanks to Citlali Rouirusa, who provided the title.