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Here is the first comprehensive collection of writings from the Women's Liberation Movement, including articles, poems, photo-graphs, and manifestos. This anthology captures the range of problems being considered by the new feminists, and the variety of approaches to analysis and action. Over fifty contributors, all women, write about how the "51% minority group" is used a Here is the first comprehensive collection of writings from the Women's Liberation Movement, including articles, poems, photo-graphs, and manifestos. This anthology captures the range of problems being considered by the new feminists, and the variety of approaches to analysis and action. Over fifty contributors, all women, write about how the "51% minority group" is used and abused by the major institutions of our society--marriage, the family, church, courts, the media, welfare, the schools, the professions, business, and industry. A section on the psychological and sexual repression of women attacks the freudian view of the female, and discusses the problems of the aging woman, abortion and birth control, prostitution, the persecution of lesbians. Black women, a Mexican woman, high school women, ex-New Leftists, housewives, and seasoned feminists speak from their experience in tones that range from detachment to outrage. ARE MEN REALLY THE ENEMY? A Questionnaire by Jayne West, from No More Fun and Games True or False __ Woman's work is never done. __ You can't tell a book by its cover. __ Housework can be fun. __ A female dog is referred to as a bitch. __ One of the more degrading terms that can be applied to a man is "son of a bitch." Multiple Choice 1. Most rapes are committed by: (a) women; (b) children; (c) men (perverts); (d) I am unable to distinguish rape from ordinary sexual relations. 2. Which do you prefer being called: (a) lady; (b) woman; (c) female; (d) girl; (e) none of the above. 3. If I could do away with anything I wanted, the first thing I would do away with is: (a) the family; (b) the state; (c) private property; (d) menstrual periods; (e) all of the above. Essay Discuss the variations in tone possible when asking a male druggist: "Have you Tampax Super?"


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Here is the first comprehensive collection of writings from the Women's Liberation Movement, including articles, poems, photo-graphs, and manifestos. This anthology captures the range of problems being considered by the new feminists, and the variety of approaches to analysis and action. Over fifty contributors, all women, write about how the "51% minority group" is used a Here is the first comprehensive collection of writings from the Women's Liberation Movement, including articles, poems, photo-graphs, and manifestos. This anthology captures the range of problems being considered by the new feminists, and the variety of approaches to analysis and action. Over fifty contributors, all women, write about how the "51% minority group" is used and abused by the major institutions of our society--marriage, the family, church, courts, the media, welfare, the schools, the professions, business, and industry. A section on the psychological and sexual repression of women attacks the freudian view of the female, and discusses the problems of the aging woman, abortion and birth control, prostitution, the persecution of lesbians. Black women, a Mexican woman, high school women, ex-New Leftists, housewives, and seasoned feminists speak from their experience in tones that range from detachment to outrage. ARE MEN REALLY THE ENEMY? A Questionnaire by Jayne West, from No More Fun and Games True or False __ Woman's work is never done. __ You can't tell a book by its cover. __ Housework can be fun. __ A female dog is referred to as a bitch. __ One of the more degrading terms that can be applied to a man is "son of a bitch." Multiple Choice 1. Most rapes are committed by: (a) women; (b) children; (c) men (perverts); (d) I am unable to distinguish rape from ordinary sexual relations. 2. Which do you prefer being called: (a) lady; (b) woman; (c) female; (d) girl; (e) none of the above. 3. If I could do away with anything I wanted, the first thing I would do away with is: (a) the family; (b) the state; (c) private property; (d) menstrual periods; (e) all of the above. Essay Discuss the variations in tone possible when asking a male druggist: "Have you Tampax Super?"

30 review for Sisterhood is Powerful: An Anthology of Writings from the Women's Liberation Movement

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Lest we forget,every woman's ability to own a home, have a credit rating and have a crack at an executive position is due to the sacrifice and hard work of the feminists of the 60's and 70's. This book is a time piece and testament to their efforts. You go, girls! Lest we forget,every woman's ability to own a home, have a credit rating and have a crack at an executive position is due to the sacrifice and hard work of the feminists of the 60's and 70's. This book is a time piece and testament to their efforts. You go, girls!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm re-reading this now, and it's remarkable to me how fresh so much of it still is, that is if you look past the 1970s-era lingo. That's not necessarily a good thing. What came as the greatest surprise, after 40 years of being indoctrinated by the myth of the humorless feminist, is just how witty and snarky the movement sisters could be. I'm re-reading this now, and it's remarkable to me how fresh so much of it still is, that is if you look past the 1970s-era lingo. That's not necessarily a good thing. What came as the greatest surprise, after 40 years of being indoctrinated by the myth of the humorless feminist, is just how witty and snarky the movement sisters could be.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    No one remembers this one anymore. It helped me to stay and continue to believe in the written word, though I do not now hold that belief...50years is a long time to read! As radical and old fashioned as this is, I'd still encourage young women (and old) to "peruse" it, and every once and again, read hard. No one remembers this one anymore. It helped me to stay and continue to believe in the written word, though I do not now hold that belief...50years is a long time to read! As radical and old fashioned as this is, I'd still encourage young women (and old) to "peruse" it, and every once and again, read hard.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I read this book as an 18 year old freshman at a catholic women's college in 1970. It changed my life for the better and baptized me into womanhood. I shortly left that nunnery. :) I read this book as an 18 year old freshman at a catholic women's college in 1970. It changed my life for the better and baptized me into womanhood. I shortly left that nunnery. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Modern Hermeneut

    This would be worth picking up for the SCUM manifesto alone (far more witty and self-aware than you might expect). But reactionary demagogues only represent a handful of the diverse voices that resound beneath the large ideological tent of this collection. It's hard to know whether it's good or bad that, nowadays, we need to reread a book like this to remember what our mothers -- or mine, at any rate -- fought so hard for. More important, this is a good book to have around for picking up them uppi This would be worth picking up for the SCUM manifesto alone (far more witty and self-aware than you might expect). But reactionary demagogues only represent a handful of the diverse voices that resound beneath the large ideological tent of this collection. It's hard to know whether it's good or bad that, nowadays, we need to reread a book like this to remember what our mothers -- or mine, at any rate -- fought so hard for. More important, this is a good book to have around for picking up them uppity broads who hang out in coffee shops.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    This book was formative and empowering to my thinking and understanding of feminist issues when I read it in the 70s. In fact, I think it was life changing in that it articulated what it is that women deal with.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Caty

    2nd wave 101--in a good way

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jean Perry

    Wonderful introduction to feminist issues. All feminists were reading and discussing it in the 1970s

  9. 4 out of 5

    Paulatics

    This is one of the first books of the second wave of the women's movement. Very important collection. This is one of the first books of the second wave of the women's movement. Very important collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Celeste

    VERY worthwhile. When I first started it, I was taking it as a historical book, and was interested in learning about the women's movement at that point in time. What was interesting (and depressing) was that I often forgot I was reading a book published in 1970. Abortion is still a political issue. We still have bridal culture, we still have Miss America. There's still the problem of child care, and there are not nearly enough women in leadership roles in the workforce. And women are still underp VERY worthwhile. When I first started it, I was taking it as a historical book, and was interested in learning about the women's movement at that point in time. What was interesting (and depressing) was that I often forgot I was reading a book published in 1970. Abortion is still a political issue. We still have bridal culture, we still have Miss America. There's still the problem of child care, and there are not nearly enough women in leadership roles in the workforce. And women are still underpaid. (Just to name a few!) The documents from WITCH (Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) are excellent, and the essays from the lesbian community are very moving, powerful. By the end of the book though, I was still haunted by Lucinda Cisler's questions from her essay, "Unfinished Business: Birth Control and Women's Liberation": "Will new developments simply make us more efficient sex machines in a world of unchanged sexist domination?...Will women now cease being instruments of production only to become equally passive instruments of diversion? Or will birth control help liberate us by freeing us, for the first time, to realize our full human potential and with it to change society?"

  11. 5 out of 5

    Agnieszka

    First as a general statement, I found this book was still relevant to the development of my feminist thought. With a collection like this you get a diversity of voices, which I appreciate. There is a boldness in second wave writing that was missing in feminist thought for a long time with the cheerful populist 3rd wave and extremely complex academic 3rd wave. Only recently with intersectional feminism in online spaces have I seen anything close to this kind of brave facing of the world and radic First as a general statement, I found this book was still relevant to the development of my feminist thought. With a collection like this you get a diversity of voices, which I appreciate. There is a boldness in second wave writing that was missing in feminist thought for a long time with the cheerful populist 3rd wave and extremely complex academic 3rd wave. Only recently with intersectional feminism in online spaces have I seen anything close to this kind of brave facing of the world and radical calls for change. Second, historically, this book is huge for me. Seeing the origins of second wave feminist thought all like this just fantastic. In short, one of my favorite books of second wave feminism.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stephy

    I am old enough that when I read this book, all this was new and eyeopening and fabulous and, as we said then, "mind-blowing" This is the book which helped me start to be a real person. It was a book I and all my friends were reading and discussing, having AHA! moments about, learning that I was depressed so much because I was oppressed so much! It was the beginning of my political awareness of the status of women in the world. Phillis Chessler (Author of "Women and Madness", another life changi I am old enough that when I read this book, all this was new and eyeopening and fabulous and, as we said then, "mind-blowing" This is the book which helped me start to be a real person. It was a book I and all my friends were reading and discussing, having AHA! moments about, learning that I was depressed so much because I was oppressed so much! It was the beginning of my political awareness of the status of women in the world. Phillis Chessler (Author of "Women and Madness", another life changing book for me) should have received credit for the Bibliography, and there was an unpleasant legal sorting out, in what I realize now was the court of men, not women.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Zola

    Some of the essays in this anthology were a little dry for my personal taste, but this book is an EXCELLENT look back at the women's lib movement. I get the feeling that feminists my age (what wave are we on now? Third? Fourth?) forget our roots, apathy & complacency set in, and we end up conceding more than we ever intended. This is a good book to pore through and remember that the fight has come a long way, but is far from over. Some of the essays in this anthology were a little dry for my personal taste, but this book is an EXCELLENT look back at the women's lib movement. I get the feeling that feminists my age (what wave are we on now? Third? Fourth?) forget our roots, apathy & complacency set in, and we end up conceding more than we ever intended. This is a good book to pore through and remember that the fight has come a long way, but is far from over.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Magdelanye

    Occasionally I notice a recommendation on these pages and this book I have already devoured, decades ago. This looks like the same edition. I wonder how it would read today? Back in the day, I remember being a bit frustrated with excerpts, but on the other hand it was a good jumping off point as well as a reference.

  15. 4 out of 5

    nicole

    BAM! The politics of orgasm is something everyone should read. Male or female.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ash

    A good collection of feminist writings from the 60s and 70s. I've read a lot of feminist essays and thought I understood what feminism was at that time. I learned so many new things. A good collection of feminist writings from the 60s and 70s. I've read a lot of feminist essays and thought I understood what feminism was at that time. I learned so many new things.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Oshun

    A classic! And, the nostalgia! A huge part of my life and also friends of mine at the time contributed articles. (It came out shortly before I met them.)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kiersten

    A classic staple for feminist literature. Though I didn't find every essay stunning nor scholarly structured in "Sisterhood is Powerful", the collection of information regarding the oppression and historical context of women throughout the ages (mostly concentrated in the United States, though lightly touches global circumstances) is a critical read for women (and men!) who are desiring to better understand the politics of feminism and how it remains relevant and ever needed in our modern societ A classic staple for feminist literature. Though I didn't find every essay stunning nor scholarly structured in "Sisterhood is Powerful", the collection of information regarding the oppression and historical context of women throughout the ages (mostly concentrated in the United States, though lightly touches global circumstances) is a critical read for women (and men!) who are desiring to better understand the politics of feminism and how it remains relevant and ever needed in our modern society. Emotional, political, empowering. I would recommend this book to any feminist regardless of its age.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Mishap

    The classic. It is well worth reading for its own sake, but also interesting to compare the problems confronted thirty or forty years ago with today to compare and contrast. What has changed and what remains the same? Indeed, what has gotten worse in the fields of misogyny, sexism, etc.? Also checkout Sisterhood is Global.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nalim

    Sisterhood is Powerful (1970) an anthology of radical feminist writings edited by Robin Morgan - It is the first comprehensive collection of writings from the then-newborn contemporary wave of feminism. It became a best-seller in both cloth and paperback, its red-and-white cover with the feminist symbol (designed by Morgan) becoming a recognisable graffito around the world.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zoe

    Fantastic. A great cross section of feminist theory before capitalism bastardized it. A couple moments of a couple essays haven't kept up with the times, but for the most part this is still disappointingly truthful. Fantastic. A great cross section of feminist theory before capitalism bastardized it. A couple moments of a couple essays haven't kept up with the times, but for the most part this is still disappointingly truthful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

    A- Great history of 2nd wave

  23. 4 out of 5

    Karin Lippert

    Started the revolution...

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    Love the variety of viewpoints in this collection.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Michele bookloverforever

    reread after many years....Still apt

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    Still relevant. Still needs to be read today.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marisa

    40+ years old and surprisingly pertinent.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Creolecat

    Another book found in the trunk. My sister gave this to me when I was about fifteen. My copy is torn, dog-eared and highlighted. I wouldn't trade my copy for the world; too many memories. Another book found in the trunk. My sister gave this to me when I was about fifteen. My copy is torn, dog-eared and highlighted. I wouldn't trade my copy for the world; too many memories.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Great variety of content and relevance.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Noah Pemar

    This book is too good for me. I could read it a thousand times without getting tired.

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