Feminism Without Illusions by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
A Critique of Individualism

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In arguing that feminism has neither adequately acknowledged its ties to individualism nor squarely faced the extent to which many of its campaigns for social justice are based on the insistence of rights for the individual over good of the community, this study analyzes current political theory and its application to affirmative action, comparative worth and abortion rights. The author also examines the debate over feminist history and the relationship between feminism and postmodernism.
 

About Elizabeth Fox-Genovese

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Elizabeth Fox-Genovese (1941-2007) was Eleonore Raoul Professor of the Humanities and professor of history at Emory Universi
 
Published April 23, 1991 by The University of North Carolina Press. 364 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Her broadsides on those feminists who attack the notion of the ``Mommy track'' (which, she asserts, would provide ``what millions of women want''), or oppose restrictions on abortion, or condemn conventional standards of femininity seem like a grab bag of personal gripes and detract from her cent...

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Like many other feminists, Fox-Genovese believes that all women are deprived, victimized, excluded, that all men are dominant, powerful, and excluding, that pornography, indeed most social institutions, exploit women, who need a new ``discourse,'' political power, their own history, ``canon,'' ``...

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The author argues for a ""family feminism"" in which importance is given to marriage and motherhood (Jan.)

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Emory professor Fox-Genovese (Feminism Without Illusions) here voices her concern that the feminist movement is failing to address the most pressing needs of contemporary American women.

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A sweeping critique of feminist theory, this academic discourse charges that the feminist movement is mired in a politics of atomizing individualism that fails to recognize women and men as interdependent members of society.

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Most of the gains that women have made over the last decades have come about when women have taken a share of positions and opportunities hitherto reserved, by law or by custom, for men.

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