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Feminist Nightmares: Women At Odds : Feminism and the Problems of Sisterhood - Susan Ostrov Weisser

Feminist Nightmares: Women At Odds

Feminism and the Problems of Sisterhood

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"This important anthology reminds us that sisterhood is what we have to work towards not something we can assume as given on the basis of some alleged commonality of biology. It teaches that such work requires grappling with differences which cut to the core of who women are and what women want. This is a must read for all those who are willing to face such work as well as for those who have not yet grasped its necessity." --Linda Nicholson, Professor, State University of New York at Albany and editor of the seriesThinking Gender Though all women are women, no woman is only a woman, wrote Elizabeth Spelman inThe Inessential Woman. Gone are the days when feminism translated simply into the advocacy of equality for women. Women's interests are not always aligned; race, class, and sexuality complicate the equation. In recent years, feminist ideologies have become increasingly diverse. Today, one feminist's most ardent political opponent may well be another feminist. As feminism grows increasingly diverse, the time has come to ask a painful and frequently avoided question: what does it mean for women to oppress women? This pathbreaking, provocative anthology addresses this troublesome dilemma from various feminist perspectives, offering an interdisciplinary collection of writings that widens our understanding of oppression to take into account women who are at odds. The book examines the social, political, and psychological ramifications of this phenomenon, as evidenced in a range of texts, from women's antislavery writing to women's anti-abortion writing, from mother-daughter incest stories to maternal surrogacy narratives, from the Bible to the popular romance nove, from Jane Austen to Alice Walker. The value of the volume is perhaps best summed up by an early response to the idea--This is a book that should never be written; feminists should concentrate on how men oppress women. Ironically, it is precisely because the subject triggers such responses, the authors argue, that a volume such asFeminist Nightmareshas become a necessity.

"This important anthology reminds us that sisterhood is what we have to work towards not something we can assume as given on the basis of some alleged commonality of biology. It teaches that such work requires grappling with differences which cut to the core of who women are and what women want. This is a must read for all those who are willing to face such work as well as for those who have not yet grasped its necessity."

-Linda Nicholson,Professor, State University of New York at Albany and editor of the series Thinking Gender

Acknowledgments
Introductionp. 1
U.S. Academics and Third-World Women: Is Ethical Research Possible?p. 21
Scolding Lady Mary Wortley Montagu? The Problematics of Sisterhood in Feminist Criticismp. 44
Louisa Susanna McCord: Spokeswoman of the Master Class in Antebellum South Carolinap. 62
Womanism Revisited: Women and the (Ab)use of Power in The Color Purplep. 88
Mixed Blood Women: The Dynamic of Women's Relations in the Novels of Louise Erdrich and Leslie Silkop. 106
Mothers and Sisters: The Family Romance of Antislavery Women Writersp. 125
True Crimes of Motherhood: Mother-Daughter Incest, Multiple Personality Disorder, and the True Crime Novelp. 142
Equality, Oppression, and Abortion: Women Who Oppose Abortion Rights in the Name of Feminismp. 159
The Politics of Surrogacy Narratives: Notes toward a Research Projectp. 189
Women at Odds: Biblical Paradigmsp. 209
Post-Feminist and Anti-Woman: The Revolutionary Republican Women in France, 1793-1794p. 225
The Burden of Mythic Identity: Russian Women at Odds with Themselvesp. 242
The Wonderful-Terrible Bitch Figure in Harlequin Novelsp. 269
The Problem of Speaking for Othersp. 285
Feminism Meets Post-Communism: The Case of the United Germanyp. 310
Rehabilitating Mary Crawford: Mansfield Park and the Relief of "Throwing Ridicule"p. 328
Lost in Space between "Center" and "Margin": Some Thoughts on Lesbian-Feminist Discourse, Bisexual Women, and Speculative Fictionp. 343
In the Zone of Ambivalence: A Journal of Competitionp. 358
Contributorsp. 393
Indexp. 399
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ISBN: 9780814726198
ISBN-10: 0814726194
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 416
Published: 1st October 1994
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.66