By Toni M. Calasanti
This quantity of unique chapters is designed to carry awareness to a ignored quarter of feminist scholarship - getting older. After numerous many years of feminist experiences we're now good expert of the complicated ways in which gender shapes the lives of ladies and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered strength kin interface with race and ethnicity, category and sexual orientation. severe theorizing of outdated age and age relatives to gender represents the following frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, major nationwide and overseas feminist students of getting older take first steps during this course, illuminating how age family members engage with different social inequalities, relatively gender. In doing so, the authors problem and remodel feminist scholarship and plenty of taken without any consideration options in gender studies.
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In Hennessee 1999: 273–74). Despite the massive press coverage, public interest in The Fountain of Age was short-lived, and the book has had little social impact. Friedan’s biographers reflect this lack of interest, devoting only a few pages to The Fountain of Age. Hennessee, for example, reserves seven pages of her 288-page book to Friedan’s age research. In her autobiography, Friedan expresses surprise that The Fountain of Age is still in print. She devotes most of her chapter on The Fountain of Age to describing travel, lectures, and other feminist projects that distracted her from writing the book.
Her faculty mentor was Erik Erikson. Among her fellow graduate students were Maria and Daniel Levinson, who went on to write Seasons of a Man’s Life and Seasons of a Woman’s Life, in which they explored the midlife identity crisis. Friedan became friends with Jane Loevinger, an instructor, who later became famous for her research on ego development and her conclusion that the highest stages of human development are characterized by transcendence of rigid sex roles and the integration of masculine and feminine values (Loevinger 1976).
Joyce was a middle-class, college-educated, suburban housewife who did not work outside the home, just like the women Friedan had interviewed. I was a sophomore in college, preparing to be a journalist, like Friedan, and currently enrolled in a sociology class on changing sex roles in America. ”) I skimmed a few pages and put The Feminine Mystique on my bookshelf. It was not required reading for the sociology course or for any course I completed subsequently nor did it factor into my graduate studies or in any research I conducted thereafter.