An Unconventional Family

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Yale University Press, 2001 - History - 209 pages
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In 1965, when psychologists Sandra and Daryl Bem met and married, they were determined to function as truly egalitarian partners and also to raise their children in accordance with gender-liberated, anti-homophobic, and sex-positive feminist ideals. During the next ten years, they exuberantly shared the details of their daily lives in both public lectures and the mass media in order to provide at least one concrete example of an alternative to the traditional heterosexual family. This book by Sandra Bem, an autobiographical account of the Bems' nearly thirty-year marriage, is both a personal history of the Bems' past and a social history of a key period in feminism's past. It is also a look into feminism`s future, because the Bems' children, Emily and Jeremy, now in their early twenties, speak at length in the book as well.

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In this fascinating autobiography, Bem--Cornell psychology professor, lecturer, and author (The Lenses of Gender, Yale Univ., 1993)--provides details of the life experiences that led her and husband ... Read full review


Why Daryl?
Community of Family
Egalitarian Partnering
Feminist ChildRearing
My Unorthodox Career
Egalitarian Partnering Revisited
Feminist ChildRearing Revisited

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About the author (2001)

Sandra Lipsitz Bem is professor of psychology, women's studies, and lesbian, bisexual, and gay studies at Cornell University.

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