Sexual Power: Feminism and the Family in America

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University of Alabama Press, 1 ene. 1992 - 413 páginas
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Since the early 1970s, scholars have argued, defined, and refined a wide range of interpretations of American women's lives. Despite the richness of the recent literature, few interpretations sufficiently credit women's family and sexual experiences for the emergence of feminism and the construction of pro-family agendas. Thus, Johnston's approach offers an opportunity to view the history of feminism and the family from a fresh perspective.
Much of the literature on feminism has focused on women's oppression and victimization, rather than on the power that women historically have exerted. Johnston's interpretation of American feminism differs from previous works because she argues that the gradual growth of feminist consciousness lies not simply in oppression or feelings of victimization, but paradoxically in a growing sense of empowerment of women as wives and mothers.
Johnston explores critical questions concerning American women's sexual lives. How have women's empowering experiences in the family shaped feminist consciousness and action? How have feminists confronted family issues? How have women exerted sexual power? How was it contained within the limits of patriarchal society at times, while at other times it fueled the fires of feminist rebellion? How have gender and class issues affected domestic politics and feminism?

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Republican Motherhood and the Angel in the House
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Power in the Bedroom and the Nursery
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Carolyn Johnston LLB LLM MA is Adviser in Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College London School Of Medicine, London, UK (Caroline is a qualified solicitor and is also Senior Lecturer in Medical Law and Ethics at Kingston University) Dr. Penelope Bradbury MBBS BSc is a 2006 graduate of Guys, Kings and
St Thomas School of Medicine, London, UK

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