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The Other Within Us

Feminist Explorations Of Women And Aging, 1st Edition

By Marilyn Pearsall


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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

Table of Contents

Introduction -- Situating -- The Double Standard of Aging -- Portnoy's Mother's Complaints -- The Plight of Older Black Women -- The Feminization of Poverty Among the Elderly -- Older Women in the City -- Problematizing -- Friends or Foes -- Heresy in the Female Body -- Gender, Race, and Class -- The View from Over the Hill -- Adult Daughters and Care for the Elderly -- What Setting Limits May Mean -- Representing -- Sunset Boulevard -- Remembering Our Foremothers -- Visible Difference -- Time Will Tell -- Privileging -- Toward Another Dimension … -- Indian Summer -- In the Heat of Shadow -- Mirror of Strength -- The Space Crone -- Serenity and Power

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies