Tearing the Veil (RLE Feminist Theory): Essays on Femininity, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0203084845
  • ISBN-13: 9780203084847
  • DDC: 305.4201
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 144 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released February 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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This a collection of essays about women, by women, which examine the production of femininity within a patriarchal society. The essays show that characteristics generally considered to be 'feminine' are in fact cultural constructions within a patriarchal order. The patriarchal culture is taken by us to be a system of meanings, as well as power relations, which pervades our view of women at both a conscious and an unconscious level. The symbolism of the rituals, myths, art works and polemics examined in the essays is related to the ways women are psychically constructed and constrained by the dominant heterosexual order. The Mother, the Witch, the Whore, the Pure Woman, the Amazon and the Free Woman are considered and the contributors make extensive use of original source material to give force to the argument that the stereotypic view of a feminine woman as naturally and inevitably weak, passive and powerless is one that can be seriously challenged.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Notes on Contributors.
1: Sexuality and the Body.
2: The Mother.
3: The Mother and the Hospital.
4: The Witch.
5: The Witch and Her Devils.
6: The Whore.
7: The Whore in Peru.
8: Representations of Women.
9: The Pure Woman.
10: Tess: The Making of a Pure Woman.
11: The Amazon.
12: The City's Achievements.
13: The Woman-Power.
14: The Woman-Power.