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Age matters : realigning feminist thinking by Toni M. Calasanti

By Toni M. Calasanti

This quantity of unique chapters is designed to carry realization to a missed region of feminist scholarship - getting older. After a number of many years of feminist reports we're now good expert of the advanced ways in which gender shapes the lives of ladies and males. equally, we all know extra approximately how gendered energy kinfolk interface with race and ethnicity, category and sexual orientation. critical theorizing of previous age and age family to gender represents the following frontier of feminist scholarship. during this quantity, prime nationwide and foreign feminist students of getting older take first steps during this path, illuminating how age relatives have interaction with different social inequalities, quite gender. In doing so, the authors problem and remodel feminist scholarship and plenty of taken without any consideration suggestions in gender studies.

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Friedan begins this work in The Fountain of Age, focusing on the potential in life after age sixty. Identity Issues Revisited: The Fountain of Age The Fountain of Age, published in September 1993, stayed on the New York Times best-seller list for six weeks.  272) and notes that the seed of the book had been planted in the final footnote of The Feminine Mystique, which reads as follows: “The new studies of aging in humans indicate that those who have the most education and who live the most complex and active lives, with deep interests and readiness for new experience and learning, do not get ‘old’ in the sense that others do” (Friedan 1963: 380).

They wanted more, but they didn’t know what, or how to find it. When they spent time away from husbands and children to pursue their own interests, they felt guilty; when they stayed home, they felt restless, bored, empty, and incomplete. Some had extramarital affairs.  26). Friedan believed that what was fatiguing women wasn’t the daily demands of housewifery but the energy they lost to stifling personal ambition and thwarting the psychic need for larger purpose and meaning in life. Friedan concludes, “It is easy to see the concrete details that trap the suburban housewife, the continual demands on her time.

Friedan’s other books” (Fox 2006). Academic feminists, except for a few gerontologists, have also shown little interest in The Fountain of Age. This reflects a widespread disinterest in the study of age across the disciplines, which, in turn, reflects the gerontophobia of Western culture (Arber and Ginn 1995). Academic feminists’ lack of awareness regarding age and age relations is comparable to women’s lack of awareness regarding gender and gender relations before The Feminine Mystique and the second wave of the women’s movement.

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