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Why do contemporary women often have such a hard time getting along with each other, at work, and within the family? Why is female friendship so important to women, despite the prevalence of female betrayals? How does the mother-daughter relationship impede women's growth? This book—destined to be a controversial classic—draws on recent biological, psychological, and anthropological research, as well as hundreds of original interviews, to redress the complicated silence that has prevailed about woman's inhumanity to woman. While women may not be aggressive in the same way that men are, cross-cultural studies confirm that girls and women are equally aggressive in "indirect" ways, and mainly toward each other. Women envy and compete against other women, not against men—and tend to deny this, even to themselves. Like men, many women also hold sexist beliefs; often, they are unaware of it. Women depend upon each other for emotional intimacy and bonding, but their power to form cliques, gossip about, and shun one another enforces conformity and discourages self-confidence and psychological clarity from girlhood on. Are women oppressed? Yes. Do oppressed people internalize the oppressor's attitudes? Without a doubt. Women, therefore, must acknowledge their own sexism and gender double-standards before they can practice sisterhood, resist sexism, treat other women ethically, and forge realistic and compassionate personal and political coalitions. "Chesler's work is our public conscience."—Letty Cottoin Pogrebin

Product Details

ISBN:
9781560253518
Author:
Chesler, Phyllis
Publisher:
Nation Books
Author:
Chessler, Phyllis
Author:
Chesler, Phyllis
Location:
New York
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Interpersonal Relations
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Sexism
Subject:
Prejudice
Subject:
Interpersonal conflict
Subject:
Self-perception in women
Subject:
Social behavior.
Subject:
Conflict.
Subject:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Nation Books
Series Volume:
2001-27
Publication Date:
20020131
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 28.8 oz

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