By Joan Wallach Scott
This stimulating quantity deals a cross-disciplinary collection of fresh articles on feminist heritage. disregarding essentialist debts of a common woman id, the members study how principles approximately sexual distinction are formed by means of particular socio-historical conditions. How, for instance, do matters reminiscent of race, category, gender, and sexuality impression at the adventure of "women"? How are such different types outlined in extensively disparate cultures and time sessions? Refreshingly open to non-western, in addition to western, views, Feminism and historical past addresses topics from the adventure of girls in Colonial Asia to the ideology of sexual distinction in Nazi Germany. well timed, provocative, and influential, those essays elevate fascinating questions on the longer term path of women's background.
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Not just against you as an individual, that is, but against you as a social being with needs and attributions. The dangerous intimacy between subjectification and subjection needs careful calibration. There is, as we have repeatedly learned, no fluent trajectory from feminism to a truly sexually democratic humanism; there is no easy passage from 'women' to 'humanity'. The study of the historical development and precipitations of these sexed abstractions will help to make sense of why not. ', may be transposed into a more hopeful light.
Most obviously, perhaps, by the changing relations of 'woman' and her variants to the concept of a general humanity. The emergence of new entities after the Enlightenment and their implicatedness with the collectivity of womenlike the idea of 'the social' The history of an increasing sexualization, in which female persons become held to be virtually saturated with their sex which then invades their rational and spiritual faculties; this reached a pitch in eighteenth-century Europe. Behind this, the whole history of the idea of the person and the individual, including the extents to which the soul, the mind, and the body have been distinguished and rethought, and how the changing forms of their sexualization have operated.
27 < previous page page_45 If you like this book, buy it! html6/19/2010 11:34:35 PM next page > page_46 < previous page page_46 next page > Page 46 Thus the contradiction between the subjection of women from West Africa to the harsh deprivations of slavery, farm, factory, and domestic work and the sense of autonomy and self-reliance which developed, points in the direction of a new avenue for studying black American women. And it is the potential synthesis of these contradictions which embraces the future problems and possibilities of a new definition of femininity for all American women.
Feminism and History (Oxford Readings in Feminism) by Joan Wallach Scott