In Our Time Memoir of a Revolution

ISBN-10: 0385318316
ISBN-13: 9780385318310
Edition: 1999
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Description: There once was a time when the concept of equal pay for equal work did not exist, when women of all ages were "girls," when abortion was a back-alley procedure, when there was no such thing as a rape crisis center or a shelter for battered women,  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/7/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 388
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

There once was a time when the concept of equal pay for equal work did not exist, when women of all ages were "girls," when abortion was a back-alley procedure, when there was no such thing as a rape crisis center or a shelter for battered women, when "sexual harassment" had not yet been named and defined.  "If conditions are right," Susan Brownmiller says in this stunning memoir, "if the anger of enough people has reached the boiling point, the exploding passion can ignite a societal transformation." In Our Time tells the story of that transformation, as only Brownmiller can.  A leading feminist activist and the author of Against Our Will, the book that changed the nation's perception of rape, she now brings the Women's Liberation movement and its passionate history vividly to life. Here is the colorful cast of characters on whose shoulders we stand--the feminist icons Betty Friedan, Kate Millett, Germaine Greer, and Gloria Steinem, and the lesser known women whose contributions to change were equally profound.  And here are the landmark events of the era: the consciousness-raising groups that sprung up in people's living rooms, the mimeographed position papers that first articulated the new thinking, the abortion and rape speak-outs, the daring sit-ins, the underground newspaper collectives, and the inventive lawsuits that all played a role in the most wide-reaching revolution of the twentieth century. Here as well are Brownmiller's reflections on the feminist utopian vision, and her dramatic accounts, rendered with honesty and humor, of the movement's painful internal schisms as it struggled to give voice to the aspirarations of all women.  Finally, Brownmiller addresses that most relevant question: What is the legacy of feminism today?

Susan Brownmiller's work has appeared in "The New York Times," "The Village Voice," "Esquire," "Vogue," "Rolling Stone," & many other publications. In addition to "Against Our Will," her landmark treatise on rape, she is the author of "Femininity," "Waverly Place," & "Seeing Vietnam." She lives in New York City.

Prologue
The Founders
An Independent Movement
Which Way Is Utopia?
Confrontation
"Abortion Is a Woman's Right"
Enter the Media
Full Moon Rising
"Rape Is a Political Crime Against Women"
Internal Combustion
Feminist Author
"No Man is Worth Dying For"
Its Name Is Sexual Harassment
The Pornography Wars
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Source Notes
Index

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