No More Nice Girls: Countercultural Essays

By Ellen Willis

With attribute intelligence, wit, and feminist perception, Ellen Willis addresses democracy as she sees it: “a dedication to person freedom and egalitarian self-government in each zone of social, monetary, and cultural life.” relocating among scholarly and down-to-earth activist writing types, Willis confronts the conservative backlash that has slowly eroded democratic beliefs and advances of the Sixties in addition to the interior debates that experience often splintered the left.

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As long as moms needs to rely on the "voluntary dedication" of guys who can withdraw it with out negotiation at any time, we are in difficulty it doesn't matter what we do. in any case, there have consistently been males who deserted their households. might be they used to believe guiltier— noblesse oblige is the very first thing to head whilst the serfs commence getting ungrateful—but as I see it, male guilt and a token will positioned me at the subway. So the query a feminist needs to be asking is that this: Why do N O M O R E N I C E G I R L S 88 women and men have such an unequal relation to parenthood?

Within which fiscal kinfolk verify all, whereas sexual kin don't have any fabric prestige and sexism is only a collection of undesirable attitudes, the query of the way racial and sexual politics engage loses its that means: Davis strips racism of its psychocultural measurement and treats it strictly as a sort of financial exploitation; she has a tendency to disregard sexism altogether, other than whilst invoking it as an excuse for white bourgeois feminists to undermine the struggles of black and dealing humans. (For example, she rightly condemns the racism of white suffragists outraged on the prospect that black males may get the vote prior to white women—but rationalizes the sexism that triggered black males to promote out girls of either races by way of agreeing that the black male vote must have precedence.

Peg frowns, shaking her head. "The Jewish humans i do know are very competitive, they're elitist, they appear down on those who are not geared to good fortune, or this society's notion of success—" "Like me, you suggest? " "Well, you are a little assorted, you return out of the '6os—" "You're indulging in a stereotype. What approximately the entire radical Jews? an incredible part of the left is Jewish. " "Yes, i do know. however the Jewish humans i do know in Colorado Springs are not radicals. " i must get at the bus. i believe schizophrenic, kissing Peg solid- E X I L E ON M A I N S T R E E T 176 bye with an identical affection as regularly, but considering oh no, no longer you too, i will not stand it.

Ladies are challenging a brand new deal and males are resisting in any respect to be had, together with deciding upon up their marbles and leaving domestic. What Juli Loesch has tuned in to is the sound of male backlash: "You wish choice*. i'm going to convey you choicel not more Mr. great man. " girls were being concerned approximately male backlash for a very long time. within the i9th century, whilst a few feminists supported efforts to ease divorce legislation in order that ladies may get out of insupportable marriages, others argued that divorce used to be a license for males to shuck their familial duties.

A few feminists argued that it used to be additionally opposed to women's pursuits to hitch left teams as members; others endured to paintings with males on a number of left matters and initiatives. both approach, we assumed that construction an self sustaining radical feminist strength base could extra the fight for sexual equality in combined left companies, simply as in different arenas. We took without any consideration the necessity for an intensive, feminist left. What we did not do—at least now not in any systematic way—was take on the query of the way to combine a feminist viewpoint with an total radical politics.

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