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By Elizabeth A. Meese, Alice A. Parker

The essays during this quantity signify the latest considering amassed at the problematics of feminism and demanding concept, attractive the query of the connection among those phrases and the variations inside of each one by way of the opposite. As an entire, this piece of a longer dialog inside feminism indicates either the illusory convenience of regularly occurring demarcations and the discomforting strength of the play of distinction. The articles are theoretically wide-ranging and provocative, providing dialogue of works by way of such authors as Nella Larsen, Frances Harper, William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker.

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Should feminists picture women's bodies as exploited, at risk, at danger, or should feminists "put forward a politics that resists deprivation and supports pleasure"? (Vance 23)13 Simultaneously, are women to be pictured as wholly exploitable, delicate, wholly at danger, or are they capable of resistance and strength? In part, the struggle has been about the relationship of the state to the production of images. When can the state, whether an individual citizen sets it in motion or not, control that production?

8. Although I am more sanguine about contemporary feminism than she; although I am more grateful to Jean Elshtain's warnings about the state than she, I am in debt to Stacey. , "From Feminine to Feminist Mystique," (December 1981), 16, 18, 21. 9. I owe the phrase "neo-liberal thinking about women" to Sara Lennox, during a seminar I conducted at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, November, 1985. Sylvia Hewlett. , 1985) exemplifies ambitious, somewhat historically suspect, N-L thought. See, too, Jan Rosenberg, "Hard Times for the Women's Movement," Dissent (Fall 1986), 401405.

Radical conservatism was inseparable from the career of Phyllis Schlafley. Women were wives and mothers; men were their husbands and benign rulers. In 1972, she formed STOP-ERA, one of several groups like Happiness of Motherhood Eternal (or HOME) or Humanitarians Opposed to Degrading Our Girls (HOTDOG). Radical conservatism was potent because it could summon up, separately or together, a number of forces. It could call on the institutional power and psychological authority of monotheistic religions, particularly Christianity.

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