By Toni M. Calasanti
This quantity of unique chapters is designed to deliver cognizance to a missed region of feminist scholarship - getting older. After numerous many years of feminist stories we're now good educated of the advanced ways in which gender shapes the lives of girls and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered strength kin interface with race and ethnicity, type and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of outdated age and age kinfolk to gender represents the following frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, prime nationwide and foreign feminist students of getting older take first steps during this course, illuminating how age kinfolk have interaction with different social inequalities, really gender. In doing so, the authors problem and remodel feminist scholarship and plenty of taken without any consideration recommendations in gender studies.
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This quantity of unique chapters is designed to deliver realization to a ignored zone of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of a long time of feminist reviews we're now good proficient of the complicated ways in which gender shapes the lives of ladies and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered energy relatives interface with race and ethnicity, classification and sexual orientation.
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In studying psychology, then, Friedan was doing her own “identity work,” a personal project that would one day become a project for social change. At Berkeley, too, Friedan studied with major psychologists, if only briefly. Her faculty mentor was Erik Erikson. Among her fellow graduate students were Maria and Daniel Levinson, who went on to write Seasons of a Man’s Life and Seasons of a Woman’s Life, in which they explored the midlife identity crisis. Friedan became friends with Jane Loevinger, an instructor, who later became famous for her research on ego development and her conclusion that the highest stages of human development are characterized by transcendence of rigid sex roles and the integration of masculine and feminine values (Loevinger 1976).
She agrees that she got “carried away” in comparing the American middle-class home to a “comfortable concentration camp” in chapter 12 of The Feminine Mystique. She had been reading Bruno Bettelheim’s work on the psychodynamics of concentration camps and became overzealous in forming the analogy, which she now considers an insult to the survivors of Nazi prison camps. She also admits to being “ashamed” of this analogy because “it denied my personal truth,” which included many happy hours as a housewife and mother (Friedan 2000: 132–33).
In describing the age mystique, Friedan again points to a discrepancy between myth and reality, this time what research and culture tell us about old age versus what elders know and feel themselves to be true, and she reveals how the myth limits human development. Freidan challenges the age mystique through research, interviews, and personal experiences that reveal the positive aspects of aging. ) to improved function through quality of care and “dying with life,” arguing that, just as “the right to choose” is essential to women’s personhood in the childbearing years, so “the right to die” is essential to personhood in old age.
Age matters : realigning feminist thinking by Toni M. Calasanti