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Feminism | A journey

 

A work in progress. My journey through feminism, with notes.

Anger zone

Earliest mentions

  • Empress Theodora, 500s, Byzantine
    • perported to have been an abortionist
    • allowed noblemen to marry lower class women (like herself)
    • supported the rights of married women to commit adultery
    • supported the rights of women to be socially serviced
    • was a voice for prostitutes and the downtrodden (established homes for prostitutes, passed laws prohibiting forced prostitution)
    • granted women more rights in divorce cases
    • allowed women to own and inherit property
    • enacted the death penalty for rape.
  • Christine de Pizan, 1300s, a professional female writer. Married with three children, daughter of a physician and astronomer
    • advanced many feminist ideas in the face of attempts to restrict female inheritance and guild membership.

Became a movement

Uteral texts

  • Simone de Beauvoir, 1949, wrote a detailed analysis of women's oppression The Second Sex. In an interview 25 years on she spoke her mind bluntly, summed up what has passed since the publication and resolutely expressed confidence that we will get there.

1960s

  • 1960s, André Courrèges introduced long trousers for women as a fashion item, leading to the era of the pantsuit and designer jeans and the gradual eroding of the prohibitions against girls and women wearing trousers in schools, the workplace, and fine restaurants.

Modern

  • Mary Daly, theologian who taught at Boston University until being fired for refusing to teach men.
  • Cheris Kramerae
  • Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar
  • Germaine Greer

{Tanya Pretorius' Bookmarks: Feminism, A journey}


 
 

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