Reasonable Creatures by Katha Pollitt
Essays on Women and Feminism

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She writes about sex, children's books, the media, breast implants, the mind of an antiabortionist. She invokes Moby Dick and Gilligan's Island, Lorena Bobbitt and Lysistrata ("the original woman's strike-for-peace-nik"). For more than a decade, in her wonderfully provocative, wittily astute, graceful and gutsy pieces in The Nation, The New Yorker and The New York Times, she has taken the strongest positions on the thorniest moral issues and the most controversial events, from date rape to surrogate motherhood, to violence against women, to the Anita Hill hearings, to fetal rights and mothers' "wrongs."

The best of her pieces are gathered here.
 

About Katha Pollitt

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Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for 'The Nation.' Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including 'Ms, ' 'Harper's, ' and 'Elle, ' and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of 'Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.'
 
Published September 13, 1994 by Knopf. 186 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Cooking, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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In an examination of politics and family-values rhetoric, Pollitt analytically separates ``the family'' and ``family values,'' claiming that the conflation of these two terms obscures ``two distinct social phenomena that in reality have not very much to do with one another.'' This distinction all...

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A collection of poet and social critic Politt's essays, this NBCC finalist is gathered loosely around the theme of `concern for women's entitlement to full human rights.' (Aug.)

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Pollitt, a prize-winning poet whose incisive political and social commentary appears in the Nation and other journals, here gathers previously published works that have in common a ``concern for women's entitlement to full human rights.'' She brings a lively wit and considerable erudition to anal...

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