By Toni M. Calasanti
This quantity of unique chapters is designed to carry awareness to a ignored quarter of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of a long time of feminist reports we're now good proficient of the advanced ways in which gender shapes the lives of girls and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered strength family interface with race and ethnicity, category and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of outdated age and age family members to gender represents the subsequent frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, top nationwide and overseas feminist students of getting older take first steps during this path, illuminating how age family have interaction with different social inequalities, rather gender. In doing so, the authors problem and rework feminist scholarship and plenty of taken without any consideration recommendations in gender studies.
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The second wave of the American women’s movement made all of this possible, and for this we owe Friedan an enormous debt of gratitude, both personally and politically. I also made personal choices that were not available to my workingclass mother (born just two years before Friedan), despite her intelligence and ambition: I completed multiple college degrees; I focused on career over family; I married late, just short of my thirtieth birthday, and kept my maiden name; I chose not to bear children; I went through a no-fault divorce and emerged financially unscathed; I was hired at a major research university, where I was tenured and later promoted to full professor on the basis of my research on women and minority groups; and, at fifty, I am economically stable and looking toward a secure retirement.
What lessons might we take from Betty Friedan as we embark on our study of age? First, we can build on her original argument in The Feminine Mystique that it is human nature to change and grow, despite cultural attempts to limit change in the service of social control. Significantly, society is developmentally arrested when women’s development is arrested. For Friedan, women’s development is age related, since the greatest opportunities for change typically occur at age-based transitional periods in the life course—at the brink of adolescence, adulthood, midlife, and old age.
In describing the age mystique, Friedan again points to a discrepancy between myth and reality, this time what research and culture tell us about old age versus what elders know and feel themselves to be true, and she reveals how the myth limits human development. Freidan challenges the age mystique through research, interviews, and personal experiences that reveal the positive aspects of aging. ) to improved function through quality of care and “dying with life,” arguing that, just as “the right to choose” is essential to women’s personhood in the childbearing years, so “the right to die” is essential to personhood in old age.
Age matters : realigning feminist thinking by Toni M. Calasanti