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  • Published: 15 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780812972023
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $34.99

The Feminist Promise


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What is the feminist promise? At different times, feminism has promised to bring about world peace, end prostitution, and abolish pornography, the sexual double standard, and the nuclear family. Feminists have promised to make women more like men and to teach men to be more like women, and to make sexual difference irrelevant altogether. They have sought a world where there was less sex, more sex, better sex, and better marriages, no marriage, gay marriages. In other words, feminism has encompassed a wide variety of social views and positions, sometimes antagonistic to one another . . . Feminists have embraced women's traditional loyalties to children and kin as a fundamental value, and they have also heralded individualism as the one basis for true freedom. Like any long-lived and durable political tradition, feminism has always promised more than it could deliver. But it has also produced stunning successes, challenging institutions and presumptions that have been in place for centuries.

  • Pub date: 15 September 2011
  • ISBN: 9780812972023
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

Christine Stansell

Christine Stansell is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Chicago. Her previous books include City of Women: Sex and Class in New York 1789–1860. Among other awards, Stansell has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, and the Mary Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.


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