By Carol Anne Douglas

Serious survey of radical and lesbian feminist rules from the Sixties throughout the Eighties. Carol Anne Douglas examines assorted theories at the roots of male domination; love and sexuality; lesbianism and friendship among girls; lesbian separatism; sadomasochism; approach and strategies for women's liberation -- and extra.

Douglas probes the divergent roots of radical feminist idea. She then glides her analytic lens to envision assorted currents in radical feminist perform. whereas a few radical feminists emphasize confronting the enemy (patriarchy and/or capitalism), others emphasize construction replacement women's groups to accomplish radical feminist ambitions within the right here and now. "In the early and mid 1970s," Douglas observes, "there was once a flip via radical and lesbian feminists not just from operating for legislated reforms but in addition from any type of demonstrations or direct war of words with the male strength structure... growing self sufficient initiatives -- no matter if those have been guides, bookstores, eating places, checklist businesses, credits unions or rape trouble facilities -- used to be obvious by way of many as a extra effective means of opposing the process. developing another method was once visible as extra radical than at once confronting the ability constitution. the choice process is derived from the Sixties counterculture, but in addition eventually from anarchist and utopian socialist rules.

"Some radical feminists observed the flip to setting up choices as a diversion from radicalism and as triumph for liberals. notwithstanding, even those feminists observed the necessity for an alternate press..." Douglas attracts on her colossal wisdom of radical feminist writings and useful adventure in women's hobbies to convey readability to the unconventional feminist currents and cross-currents because the 1970s.

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