Feminist women bequeath to us a powerful critique of our society's obsession with beauty and impossible body ideals. Having refused makeup, high heels, and short skirts in their youth, these women are now entering the most stigmatized stage in a woman's life?old age. As she becomes the ?older woman,? the feminist's rejection of beauty standards and her ability to locate self-worth is being challenged.How will feminists respond to the issues raised in this phase of their lives? By confronting the issues unique to older women in our culture and society, these authors redress the neglect and isolation experienced within contemporary feminism and gerontology.Ultimately, the goal of the book is to inspire the aging woman to more easily embrace the ?older other? within her.
Marilyn Pearsall teaches philosophy and women's studies at the University of Puget Sound and is a research associate at the Five College Women's Studies Research centre.
* Introduction Marilyn Pearsall. Situating * The Double Standard of Aging Susan Sontag. * Portnoys Mothers Complaints Pauline Bart. * The Plight of Older Black Women Jacquelyne Johnson Jackson. * The Feminization of Poverty Among the Elderly Robyn I. Stone. * Older Women in the City Elizabeth W. Markson and Beth B. Hess. Problematizing * Friends or Foes: Gerontological and Feminist Theory Shulimat Reinharz. * Heresy in the Female Body: The Rhetorics of Menopause Jacquelyn N. Zita. * Gender, Race, and Class: Beyond the Feminization of Poverty in Later Life Paula L. Dressel. * The View from Over the Hill Baba Copper. * Adult Daughters and Care for the Elderly Emily K. Abel. * What Setting Limits May Mean: A Feminist Critique of Daniel Callahans Setting Limits Nora K. Bell. Representing * Sunset Boulevard: Fading Stars Lucy Fischer. * Remembering Our Foremothers: Older Black Women, Politics of Age, Politics of Survival as Embodied in the Novels of Toni Morrison Karla F.C. Holloway and Stephanie Demetrakopoulos. * Visible Difference: Women Artists and Aging Joanna Frueh. * Time Will Tell Lucy R. Lippard. Privileging * Toward Another Dimension May Sarton. * Indian Summer Paula Gunn Allen. * In the Heat of Shadow Jewelle Gomez. * Mirror of Strength: Portrait of Two Chilean Arpilleristas Marjorie Agosin, translated by Cola Franzen. * The Space Crone Ursula K. Le Guin. * Serenity and Power Germaine Greer.
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