Womansword: What Japanese Words Say about Women

By Kittredge Cherry

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Womansword is an insightful examine jap phrases pertaining to girls and what they show concerning the prestige of girls in smooth Japan. In a set of brief, vigorous essays, writer Kittredge Cherry considers the connotations, utilization, and context of a number of hundred universal phrases and words regarding woman id, girlhood, marriage, mothering, operating, intercourse, and getting older. those jap phrases provide a brand new viewpoint on concerns which are primary to the lives of ladies everywhere.

We research, for example, that an "intruder wife" is one that snags a husband through cooking for him each evening, cleansing up for him, and customarily coddling him until he realizes he can't dwell with no her (but who we could him do the particular proposing); that Barbie didn't promote good in Japan until she was once reworked right into a cuter, shorter, much less glamorous, more youthful model; that households with out sons to hold at the relatives identify occasionally "adopt" one by way of marrying their daughter to a guy who has the same opinion to take their identify, subscribe to their loved ones, and customarily adapt to their methods; that "honorable bag" (ofukuro) is an affectionate time period a son may possibly use to refer informally to his mom; and that folks don't frequently greet shut kin - even after an extended separation - with a hug, yet with a bow.

Womansword is a thought-provoking booklet that paints a shiny photograph of up to date jap girls, in all their layered and infrequently contradictory roles.

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The Lace Makers of Narsapur (Spinifex Feminist Classics)

A delicate and groundbreaking learn of ladies, this exam of globalization in India offers a desirable case research of its results on lady employees within the country of Andhra Pradesh. initially released in 1982, the e-book is a vital perception right into a crew dispossessed sooner than the new fiscal growth in India. It info the way girls were used to provide luxurious items for the Western industry whereas they aren't counted as staff or manufacturers of their fragmented places of work. as an alternative, those ladies are outlined as nonworking housewives and their paintings as relaxation job. With charges of pay a long way under appropriate degrees, pauperization is sped up and their place in Indian society speedily deteriorates. a useful research with implications at the worldwide degree, the case of the lace makers keeps to show at the genuine impression of commercial development.

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Feminist Research Practice: A Primer

Feminist study perform: A Primer offers a distinct, hands-on method of exploring quite a number feminist views of the examine approach on the way to bridge the divide among conception and examine tools. Editors Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber and Patricia Lina Leavy interact scholars with a transparent and concise writing type and in-depth examples of more than a few learn equipment from ethnography, oral heritage, concentration teams, and content material research to interviewing and survey examine.

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Life and Death

By Andrea Dworkin

A set of her so much incisive essays and unpublished speeches, existence and dying makes it transparent why Dworkin has came upon her position within the canon of recent political notion. She starts right here with a poignant autobiographical piece, during which she recounts with infrequent tenderness her youth in Camden, New Jersey, her political odyssey, and the crushing discomfort of her brother's dying. Lending her hand to tragic present occasions, or what she calls "emergencies, " just like the homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson, the Hedda Nussbaum baby abuse case, and the mass homicide of girl scholars at a faculty in Montreal, Dworkin makes transparent in her inimitable manner the most obvious issues we stubbornly fail to spot. eventually, she courses us again to the center matters at stake in women's lives - pornography, household violence, rape, and prostitution - and reminds us that even after many years of feminist so-called growth, gender is an ongoing struggle.

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Like a Natural Woman Constructing Gender from Performance to Performativity

During this paintings, I advertise a discussion among Drama and function reviews about the functionality of gender in lifestyle and at the degree. whereas Judith Butler and others have argued that the performativity of gender has to be tested open air of theatre, I argue that theatre gives you us with a distinct lens in which to check facets of gender that may be neglected in lifestyle. The performs and function paintings i've got selected spotlight varied modes of acting gender via representations of the feminine physique, which introduce the stress among the discursively produced physique and the lived, phenomenological physique onstage. by means of exploring this pressure, I argue that the performativity of gender onstage arises from a mix of phrases, the presentation of exact our bodies, and the audience's reaction to the degree motion. I compile iconic playwright Samuel Beckett with Cuban-American functionality artist Ana Mendieta and Irish playwright Marina Carr with the intention to characterize varied modes of functionality. This research should still end up important for students in theatre, functionality reviews, and gender reviews, who're drawn to analyzing gender in a theatrical context.

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Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom

By Leslie C. Bell

Hard to Get is a strong and intimate exam of the intercourse and love lives of the main liberated ladies in history—twenty-something American girls who've had extra possibilities, extra optimistic position versions, and additional information than any past iteration. Drawing from her years of expertise as a researcher and a psychotherapist, Leslie C. Bell takes us without delay into the lives of younger women who fight to barter the complexities of sexual hope and enjoyment, and to make experience in their traditionally precise yet contradictory constellation of possibilities and demanding situations. In candid interviews, Bell’s matters demonstrate that, regardless of having extra offerings than ever, they face nice uncertainty approximately wish, sexuality, and relationships. Ground-breaking and hugely readable, Hard to Get bargains interesting insights into the various ways in which intercourse, love, and enjoyable relationships turn out unusually elusive to those younger women as they navigate the hot emotional panorama of the twenty first century.

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The Dialectic of Sex: The Case for Feminist Revolution

By Shulamith Firestone

"No you'll be able to know the way feminism has developed with out analyzing this radical, inflammatory second-wave landmark." ―Naomi Wolf

Originally released in 1970, while Shulamith Firestone was once simply twenty-five years previous, and occurring to develop into a bestseller, The Dialectic of intercourse was the 1st e-book of the women's liberation flow to place forth a feminist thought of politics.

Beginning with a glance on the radical and grassroots background of the 1st wave (with its origin within the abolition circulate of the time), Firestone records its significant victory, the granting of the vote to ladies in 1920, and the fifty years of ridicule that undefined. She is going directly to deftly synthesize the paintings of Freud, Marx, de Beauvoir, and Engels to create a cogent argument for feminist revolution. determining girls as a caste, she pronounces that they have to grab the technique of reproduction―for so long as girls (and simply girls) are required to endure and rear kids, they are going to be singled out as inferior. eventually she offers feminism because the key radical ideology, the lacking hyperlink among Marx and Freud, uniting their visions of the political and the non-public.

In the wake of modern headlines bemoaning women's squandered fertility and the continued debate over the perfect position of genetics sooner or later of humanity, The Dialectic of Sex is printed as remarkably proper to present day society―a testomony to Shulamith Firestone's startlingly prescient imaginative and prescient. Firestone died in 2012, yet her principles live to tell the tale via this awesome book.

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Meat Market

By Laurie Penny

Glossy tradition is passionate about controlling women's our bodies. Our societies are saturated with photographs of unreal, idealised lady good looks when actual lady our bodies and the ladies who inhabit them are alienated from their very own own and political strength. lower than sleek capitalism, ladies are either shoppers and fed on: Meat marketplace bargains options for resisting this gory cycle of intake, exposing how the exchange in girl flesh extends into every thing of women's political selfhood. referring to sexuality, prostitution, starvation, intake, consuming issues, home tasks, transsexualism and the worldwide alternate within the indicators and signifiers of femininity, Meat marketplace is a skinny, bloody sliver of feminist dialectic, dissecting women's our bodies because the fleshy fulcrum of capitalist cannibalism.

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