Introducing Feminism: A Graphic Guide

By Cathia Jenainati

The time period "feminism" got here into English utilization round the Nineties, yet women's awake fight to withstand discrimination and sexist oppression is going again a lot extra. Introducing Feminism surveys the foremost advancements that experience affected women's lives from the 17th century to the current day.

"Readers who've forgotten the struggles of girls who got here generations—and centuries—before will have fun with this good-looking little consultant introducing the fundamentals of feminist conception. even though faraway from a tutorial examine, the cartoon-drawing structure and merry black-and-white illustrations will render the ebook well known between more youthful teams wanting a quick assessment of the stream. From Mary Wollstonecraft to Betty Friedan, the diminutive quantity deals a chronological background of feminism in its nascent roots in colonial instances, to the Nineteen Sixties Women's move and its glossy shape at the present time. so much outstanding, the e-book areas a wide emphasis at the struggles of African-American ladies, highlighting the lives and careers of such activists as Sojourner fact, Harriet Tubman, bell hooks and Audre Lorde. one other standout part covers Germaine Greer, a proponent of the concept 'heterosexuality is a kind of oppression, conditioning ladies to comply to their society's expectancies of femininity and inspiring them to think that their worth depends upon their attract men.'"—Kirkus Reviews

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Reinterpreting the Bible Writing on women's concerns within the overdue sixteenth century started to proliferate, with a few essays demanding the fitting of the feminine as "chaste, silent and obedient". In 1589, Jane Anger's Her safety for ladies reinterpreted Genesis. Rachel Speght's A Muzzle for Melastomus (1617) puzzled the tale of Adam's fall from the backyard of Eden, taking factor with the underlying assumption that Adam have been seduced by way of Eve to devour the apple: "if Adam has now not licensed of that deed which Eve has performed, and been prepared to tread the stairs which she had long gone, he being her head could have reproved her.

Newer feminists have challenged early interpretations of the slogan and 88 have invited girls to split the private from the political. The Seven calls for of the W L M by way of the mid-20th century, the Women's Liberation move had constructed transparent pursuits and was once campaigning to accomplish: 1. equivalent pay for women and men 2. equivalent schooling and activity possibilities three. loose 24-hour nurseries four. loose birth control and abortion on call for five. monetary and criminal independence 6. An finish to discrimination opposed to lesbians and a woman's correct to outline her sexuality 7.

Eighty three Since all cultural representations of the realm round us were produced by means of males, girls learn themselves by way of masculine definitions and "dream throughout the desires of men". hence lady is needed to simply accept her prestige of alternative, "make herself item" and "renounce her autonomy". eighty four Milestones of moment Wave Feminism 1960 First oral contraceptive built by way of American scientists is licensed to be used 1963 John F. Kennedy creates the fee at the prestige of ladies in an effort to reveal discrimination opposed to ladies in employment Betty Friedan, the female Mystique 1966 nationwide association for girls (NOW) 1968 scholar revolution in France omit the US protests 1970 Germaine Greer, the feminine Eunuch Shulamith Firestone, The Dialectic of intercourse Kate Millet, Sexual Politics 1971 Ms journal is based by way of Gloria Steinem 1972 Spare Rib is introduced within the united kingdom (until 1993) 1974 Ann Oakley, Women's paintings 1976 Adrienne wealthy, Of girl Born Dorothy Dinnerstein, The Mermaid and the Minotaur 1978 Mary Daly, Gyn/Ecology Nancy Chodorow, The copy of Mothering 1981 bell hooks, Ain't I a girl?

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In her ebook Of girl Bom (1976), wealthy famous that women's stories of being pregnant, childbirth and mothering are more and more managed by means of male medical professionals, who're exchanging woman midwives. wealthy concluded that if ladies reclaimed regulate over their our bodies while pregnant and have been in a position to practice motherhood with out interference from male representatives of the patriarchal institution, then they might turn into much less alienated from their our bodies, their spirits and the establishment of motherhood. 133 As a feminist who identifies as a lesbian, wealthy coined the time period "compulsory heterosexuality" in 1980.

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