A profound critique of the psychology and politics of ageing by leading Australian feminist writer and thinker Lynne Segal
Since the second wave of the women's movement began in the late 1960s and 1970s, feminists have re-examined the myths and stereotypes, the stigmas and truisms of every phase of the life cycle. Yet little has been said or done for older generations of women. What place do they hold in the world?
In Out of Time, leading feminist thinker, Lynne Segal examines her life and surveys the work and lives of other writers and artists to explore the pleasures and perils of growing old. Following in the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir - who in her mid fifties mourned 'never again!' - Segal mixes memoir, literature and polemic to explore the trials and challenges of ageing. Who is that person who stares back from the mirror? What are the limits of desire as one ages? What happens when you refuse to become silent?
As millions of baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, these questions are becoming increasingly urgent and the diversity of responses nurturing a new vision of the third age. Why must the old be in conflict with the young? What new ways of living can be imagined that deals with the inevitability of loss and finds victory in survival?
Brilliant, moving and challenging Out of Time is an urgent and necessary corrective to the changing ways we live today.
About the Author
Lynne Segal is Anniversary Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College. Her books include Is the Future Female? Troubled Thoughts on Contemporary Feminism; Slow Motion: Changing Masculinities, Changing Men; and Straight Sex: Rethinking the Politics of Pleasure. She co-wrote Beyond the Fragments: Feminism and the Making of Socialism with Sheila Rowbotham and Hilary Wainwright.
"In this courageous study, Lynne Segal addresses the vicissitudes of ageing, a process that lies in wait for us all. She turns on the subject a critical eye honed by social psychology, psychoanalysis, feminism and radical politics. An original, probing and unsettling exploration." - Stuart Hall, author of Representation "It's about time for a book like Out of Time, compassionate, seasoned, honest, and wise, which asks questions about age but aims to enlighten, rather than frighten us. Read on!" - Elaine Showalter, author of A Jury of Her Peers "An international treasure." - Barbara Ehrenreich "A unique capacity for clarity and wit, along with her courage of intellect." - Sheila Rowbotham "One of the most capacious readers of feminism and sexuality studies I have ever encountered." - Judith Butler "Passionate, lucid, and shockingly candid ... a clarion call to those who see feminism as a redundant cause." - Helen Walsh "A powerful manifesto for dealing with the march of time." - Yvonne Roberts, Observer "A reflective essay on perceptions of ageing." - Tessa Hadley, Guardian "...a wonderfully honest look into a subject everyone should be thinking about." - Pop Matters "So what does it mean to age gracefully? How is this done? These questions are at the centre of this thoughtful new book" - The Economist "An engaging exploration of the brutal realities for yesteryear's feminists." - Joan Bakewell, The Independent "A seriously thoughtful book about being old - engagingly and evocatively written." - Stina Lyon, Times Higher Education
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st August 2014
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0 x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1