vol 07 - 1981

Prochoice/antiabortion struggles represent a cutting edge of American politics today. The virulence of the antifeminist backlash has forced feminists to examine the paradoxical relation between our strengths and weaknesses as a movement. Our challenges to inequality in both domestic and public realms have been taken quite seriously: they provide a central battleground on which recent electoral politics have been organized and fought out, with results for which many feminists were unprepared. Issues of reproductive freedom he at the heart of the contemporary antifeminist mobilization, as two of this issue's articles point out. What first appeared to be a "single-issue campaign"—antiabortionism-can now be seen as the core of a wide-reaching politics attempting to transform relations of class and race, as well as to defend patriarchal gender assignments. Analyzing the organization, mobilization, ideology, and meaning of recent antifeminist political movements has become a central theme of this issue. Only from such analyses can our strategies of resistance and renewal as a movement be generated. Feminist Studies eagerly solicits work that adds to our feminist understanding of antifeminism as it informs our cultural, social, political, and economic lives.



Alicia Ostriker

Zillah Eisenstein
Antifeminism in the Politics and Election of 1980

Rosalind Pollack Petchesky
Antiabortion, Antifeminism, and the Rise of the New Right

Ann Rosalind Jones
Writing the Body: Toward An Understanding
L'Ecriture Feminine

Hélène Vivienne Wenzel
The Text as Body/Politics:
An Appreciation of Monique Wittig's
Writings in Context

Carolyn Burke
Irigaray Through the Looking Glass

Lynda Koolish
Photo Essay

Ursula Hegi

Kathleen Fraser
Talking to Myself Talking to You

Louise Yelin
Communities of Women: Idea in Fiction
by Nina Auerbachs

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