How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My LifeBook - 2011
In a spirited, personal guide to the classics of feminism, the author examines how well the books hold up to the realities of marriage and motherhood in her own life. Original.
From the banishment of Eve to Judith Butler's Gender Trouble, Staal explores the significance of each of these classic tales by and of women, highlighting the relevance these ideas still have today. This process leads Staal to find the self she thought she had lostcurious and ambitious, zany and criticaland inspires new understandings of her relationships with her husband, her mother, and her daughter.
The first time Stephanie Staal read feminist authors like Simone de Beauvoir and Betty Friedan, she was a nineteen-year-old student taking a Feminism 10 I class, her eyes as wide as the horizon of limitless possibility that stretched in front of her, A decade later, Stephanie is a wife and mother who has traded the stability and independence of full-time work for the flexibility of freelancing as she brings up her daughter in a small city to which she has moved from the hub of New York. Her former self seems to be increasingly obscured by the diaper- and dish-load. Distant from her family and urban friends. Stephanie turns back to the feminist classics, re-enrolling in the same Feminism 10I class at her alma mater, and puts them to the test: can they speak to her as incisively now as they did to the idealistic nineteen-year-old? And who are the new generation of feminists taking the course for the first time---what does feminism mean to them?
In a personal guide to the classics of feminism, the author examines how well the books hold up to the realities of marriage and motherhood in her own life.