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A sampler of feminist writings that focuses on the 1960s and '70s, this volume begins with a selection from Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex (1949) and then jumps rather abruptly to 1962 and Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook . Incorporating a diverse range of contributors, from poets (Anne Sexton) to polemicists (Shulamith Firestone), Schneir's selection is lively, inspiring and inclusive--there are excerpts from legal documents , such as the ERA and Justice Blackmun's majority opinion in Roe v. . Wade , and from political statements from activist groups. Schneir's introductions, providing historical context and relevant biographical data, take pains to be diplomatic but also acknowledge disputes. Of antipornography crusader and censorship advocate Andrea Dworkin she writes, "Her blunt, hard-hitting prose is anything but temperate or judicious." There is no sex-positive voice like Susie Bright or Betty Dodson to counterbalance Dworkin, but in anthologizing a heterogeneous movement, omissions are perhaps inevitable. Schneir has assembled not just a political sampler but an anthology of some of this country's best essayists. Her sequel to Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings will undoubtedly find a home on women's studies syllabuses, but it deserves a much broader readership.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This anthology, which updates Schneir's previous collection, Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings (Random House, 1972), begins with an excerpt from Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and ends with a section on "Themes of the Eighties and Nineties." Including essays, excerpts from classic works (e.g., The Feminist Mystique, Sexual Politics), statements from organizations, poems, and fiction, Schneir's selections cover a wide variety of topics such as organization of the feminist movement, feminist theory, health, and discrimination against women. All major feminist authors are included, with African Americans and the lesbian perspective well represented, and Schneir provides introductory notes for each. Although many of these selections appear in numerous publications, the convenience of having them in one volume makes this a useful text for women's studies courses and a valuable purchase for nearly all libraries.
Kathryn Moore Crowe, Jackson Lib., Univ. of North Carolina, Greensboro
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; 1 edition (June 28, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679745084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679745082
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Feminists of each generation, I think, have to do a lot of reinventing of the wheel. We don't know our own history, and although in 2001 we take for granted the ideas that women can be professional athletes or CEOs, that families are not all alike, that equal pay for equal work is fair and right...these ideas were once radical, and not that long ago. Likewise, in the 1970s universal suffrage was taken for granted...and the struggles of women activists in the 1920s were forgotten. This is a valuable collection of writings which gives us some of that history back. It covers important feminist thought from 1949 to 1993. This book holds important lessons for all of us, on religion, rape, health, pornography, family, race, sexual orientation...all manner of relevant and fascinating work.
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Miriam Schneir's book, "Feminism in Our Time..." is an EXCELLENT text full of wonderful bits of powerful moments in American women's history. Her text features the work (in the form of essays, excerpts from books, speeches, or manifestos) of such authors as Simone de Beauvoir, Betty Friedan, Shulamith Firestone, Kate Millet, Anne Koedt, Adrienne Rich, and Anita Hill. In addition, at the beginning of each chapter and before each piece from these and other authors, Schneir provides crucial historical information. The experience of reading the works within this text will undoubtedly move any reader who has a passion for women's history (and for those who don't yet have the passion, this text will spark it) and inspire you to read more!!
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Miriam Schneir has written/edited books such as Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, Remember the Ladies: Women in America 1750-1815, and Vintage Book of Historical Feminism; but she may be best known as coauthor (with husband Walter) of Invitation to an Inquest, a defense of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. [But she and Walter later changed their minds about the Rosenbergs; see Final Verdict: What Really Happened in the Rosenberg Case.]

This 1994 collection contains writings (often excerpts from larger works) by Simone de Beauvoir, Doris Lessing, Sylvia Plath, Betty Friedan, Robin Morgan, Audre Lorde, Naomi Weisstein, Kate Millett, Shulamith Firestone, Mary Daly, Susan Brownmiller, Dorothy Dinnerstein, Michele Wallace, Adrienne Rich, Germaine Greer, Gloria Steinem, Andrea Dworkin, Carol Gilligan, Riane Eisler, Susan Faludi, and many others. Influential essays such as “The Redstockings Manifesto,” “The Woman-Identified Woman,” and “The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm” are included, as well, in addition to historical documents (including Anita Hill’s “Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee”).
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I am reading another one-but have gotten more into this one... it is connecting the dots to things I have known but not full scale. It was a relief to see things in words- written- the guts to write what I have thought- not in anger but in truth and enlightenment. Women need to know the truth of what we have gone through so we can continue to teach the youth so they do not take it for granted our rights and freedoms.
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If you are already a convert, you'll love this stuff. But if you're a curious scholar, like me, you're going to find this tough sledding at times. I don't like the way the book is organized. But I think most thinking people will find it a useful roadmap into the minds of feminists and it's a good place for men to begin if they want to get a handle on this important movement. Like it or not, the feminists are here to stay.
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Feminism In Our Time should be on the shelf of all women. This book gives the reader a quick understanding of the many women who have fought for women's rights. The book includes writing by so many women who have been important to women's rights. Reading these stories will offer insight into where women have come from. Additionally, reading these stories will help us to realize how far we still have to go for equality for both women and men.
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