Feminism Is Not the Story of My Life by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese’s feminist credentials are impeccable. She was an early organizer of women’s consciousness-raising groups; a scholar in the newly emerging field of women’s history; and the founder of the influential women’s-studies program at Emory University. In recent years, though, she has become an outspoken critic of feminism. Her latest book shows just how far she has moved: although she speaks as if she were reforming feminism from within, she has actually renounced almost all of its most pivotal ideas.
In her preface, Fox-Genovese explains that she wrote this book in order to answer a question that has troubled her: why have growing numbers of women, including many of her own students, become uneasy identifying themselves as feminists? Her answer is spelled out in the book’s title: feminism has lost touch with the concerns of ordinary women and is no longer relevant to their lives.
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