Gender Struggles: Practical Approaches to Contemporary Feminism

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Constance L. Mui, Julien S. Murphy
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002 - Philosophy - 369 pages
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Contemporary feminist theory and postmodernism have left significant marks on how we think about practical matters, most notably the old and new forms of gender struggles that many women confront in their daily lives. The essays collected in Gender Struggles are designed to highlight those influences by addressing the following questions: What is practical feminism in a postmodern world? How does rethinking the nature and boundaries of philosophy affect the way we understand practical issues that we confront daily? What new forms of freedom, autonomy, subjectivity, social welfare, motherhood, public and private space, and political resistance have emerged from this new philosophical sense? Together, the sixteen essays in this volume represent many different voices of feminists who boldly take up familiar, everyday concerns from unorthodox vantage points within new conceptual and theoretical frameworks. The essays in Gender Struggles address a wide range of issues in gender struggles, from the more familiar ones that, for the last thirty years, have been the mainstay of feminist scholarship, such as motherhood, beauty, and sexual violence, to new topics inspired by post-industrialization and multiculturalism, such as the welfare state, cyberspace, hate speech, and queer politics, and finally to topics that traditionally have not been seen as appropriate subjects for philosophizing, such as adoption, care work, and the home. Incorporating the latest, most 'cutting-edge' material on feminism, this volume aims at reaching a broad spectrum of readers by connecting postmodern feminist theory with concrete issues that are practical and relevant to their daily lives and experiences.
 

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This book is a deep dive into what being feminine/womenly is, "being feminine and womenly is a learned skill" A line of thought i ceratinly would agree with the profound statement going on further to say, "just existing as a women doesn't necessarly mean that one is a female of gender role."...
"Being a female isn't necearly mean one is a women just because one was born that way." This is in all gender differences in a defining way. "is being a femininist just a desire to man?" wait.... O.o wuh?!?! consider traditional roles here... if you want to hunt, be the aggressor, in control as a women are really of the gender role you portray externally? Being anilyitcal in a traditional sense you would be male no matter your born gender! :O so many are oblivious to this fact and it is one of the daily struggles of defining gender.
This book is so on point and goes the beyond superficial!
Deinately a profound heavy read that requires slow methodical reading and deep thought. Knowledge that i will keep @ my bedside to stay 'on a path to sucess'.
 

Contents

Doing without Knowing Feminisms Politics of the Ordinary
22
Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom
47
After the Family Wage A Postindustrial Thought Experiment
69
Not My Way Sesha Your Way Slowly Maternal Thinking in the Raising of a Child with Profound Intellectual Disabilities
95
The Emergence of the Fetus
118
Outliving Oneself Trauma Memory and Personal Identity
137
Fighting Bodies Fighting Words A Theory and Politics of Rape Prevention
166
Sovereign Performatives
186
Suffering to Be Beautiful
241
Black Wholes and the Geometry of Black Female Sexuality
257
Time Space and Motherhoods
276
Rethinking Consciousness Raising Citizenship and the Law and Politics of Adoption
295
House and Home Feminist Variations on a Theme
314
Cyberfeminism with a Difference
347
Acknowledgments
358
Index
360

The Harm that Has No Name Street Harassment Embodiment and African American Women
214
The Sexual Harasser Is a Bully Not a Sex Fiend
226
About the Contributors
366
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Constance L. Mui is associate professor of philosophy at Loyola University in New Orleans. Julien S. Murphy is professor of philosophy at the University of Southern Maine in Portland.

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