vol 29 - 2003

Feminists in the United States and beyond have always imagined themselves to be defiantly resistant, agents of transformation. Yet, precisely because feminist practices inevitably arise out of the very cultural and political modalities they seek to challenge, the question remains: in what ways are such practices also sites of erasure and cooptation? The scholarly and creative work in this issue tackle a number of important topics long familiar to feminists: racialized appropriation; war, power, and female embodiment; the realities of exclusion and inclusion; sexual discrimination, abuse, and resistance. Representing a number of points of view, these texts engage in a lively conversation about the responsibilities, possibilities, and some of the failings of feminism in a variety of historical and cultural arenas. As a group, the articles teach us not so much that battles are lost or won between well-defined adversaries for or against feminism, but that some of the most crucial and subtle conflicts are those within and among feminists themselves.


Lisa Crooms and Judith Kegan Gardiner,
for the editors

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Betty Levy
The School's Role in the Sex Role Stereotyping of Girls:
A Feminist Review of the Literature

Carol Brown
Sexism and the Russell Sage Foundation

Ben Barker-Benfield
The Spermatic Economy: A Nineteenth Century
View of Sexuality

Mary Eastwood
Fighting Job Discrimination: Three Federal Approaches

Judith R. Walkowitz
Notes on the History of Victorian Prostitution (Review article)

Erica Harth
Report from Israel (Note)

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