Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women's Studies Reader

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Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2004 - Social Science - 551 pages
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This book brings together theory and praxis, so that feminist discourse interacts as a partner with the lived experience of women's social action. The selections combine classics in feminist thought with work from modern theorists and offer a solid foundation in international feminism. The conceptual understanding embedded in the terms 'feminism' and 'womanism' contributes to feminist discourse, a carefully differentiated focus on the ideological uses of language to define relationships that have been historically mired in domination. The terms also define the way gender often has been used to signify and support domination. Given that feminism and womanism are interpretative concepts, there is always a sense that knowledge-making is in progress; for there is nothing static or stagnant about feminism, feminist theory, and feminist action. The formative nature of the feminist movement has, of necessity, a parallel interpretative theory. This Reader embraces both the formative nature of the movement and the accompanying interpretative theories.It also pays attention to the chronological, cultural, geo-political, racial, and ethnic landscapes and sites where women live, carry out social action, and theorise issues of equality. For both the general and the academic reader, this book will be edifying while providing exposure to the feminist and womanist voices that inform the scholarship.
 

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Contents

Feminism as a Class Act
3
SelfGovenment and Aboriginal Women
25
Womens Movements and State Feminism
43
Marriage and Love
53
Myth and Reality
59
The Crisis in Womans Identity
67
The MiddleClass Myth of Love and Marriage
75
Life between the Lines
89
Gerastology
291
Are These Clothes Clean?
303
Class Is a Feminist Issue
317
The World of the Professional Stripper
321
In the Matter of X
335
Privileging Agency and Organizing
343
Including Pedagogy in the Womens Studies Classroom
359
Queer Pedagogies of the Closet
373

A Letter to the Editor of MS
105
A Transformational Politic
109
Why Are You a Feminist?
115
Women Who Run from the Wolves
119
The Five Sexes Revisited
133
Growing up White
139
Caribbean Feminism versus Canadian Feminism
167
Modest and Modern
171
Man Royals and Sodomites
179
XA Fabulous Childs Story
189
Pride and Shame
197
Mothers Daughters and Feminism Today
207
How I almost Killed My Mother in Childbirth
215
Crush Crash
219
The Feminist Wife?
223
The Construction of a Negative Identity
229
Eat and Disorder
239
Fat and Fabulous
247
Angry Naked Women
251
Blood and Cunts
253
Mother Root
259
Racism Womens Health and Reproductive Freedom
263
The Double Standard of Aging
269
The Howl
283
Discovering the Spark
383
Black Woman Rage
391
Credo of a Passionate Skeptic
393
Review of Diving into the Wreck
397
Not a Moral Issue
399
Uses of the Erotic
411
Mamas Got the Blues
415
All for a Decent House
433
From Trash to Treasure
447
Emerging from the Shadows
461
Reformulating the Feminist Perspective
471
Identity Community and SameSex Marriage
481
Equal Marriage for SameSex Couples
489
2000 Good Reasons to March
493
Womens Experiences with Mandatory Charging for Wife Assault in Ontario Canada
501
Women Hackers
515
The Gender Dimension to the Search for Global Justice
519
Gender Equality and Human Development Outcomes
525
Ecofeminism
537
Bibliography
543
Copyright Acknowledgements
547
Back Cover
555
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Dr. Althea Prince has taught at York University and the University of Toronto. She is also a fiction writer and essayist.

Dr. Susan Silva-Wayne has taught social work at McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Wisconsin. She has 30 years of social work practice with women and families in Canada and the United States. Dr. Silva-Wayne is currently the social work editor at Canadian Scholars' Press and Women's Press.

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