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Daughters of Aquarius: Women of the Sixties Counterculture (Culture America)

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It was a sign of the sixties. Drawn by the promise of spiritual and creative freedom, thousands of women from white middle-class homes rejected the suburban domesticity of their mothers to adopt lifestyles more like those of their great-grandmothers. They eagerly learned "new" skills, from composting to quilting, as they took up the decade's quest for self-realization.

"Hippie women" have alternately been seen as earth mothers or love goddesses, virgins or vamps-images that have obscured the real complexity of their lives. Gretchen Lemke-Santangelo now takes readers back to Haight Ashbury and country communes to reveal how they experienced and shaped the counterculture. She draws on the personal recollections of women who were there—including such pivotal figures as Lenore Kendall, Diane DiPrima, and Carolyn Adams—to gain insight into what made counterculture women tick, how they lived their days, and how they envisioned their lives.

This is the first book to focus specifically on women of the counterculture. It describes how gender was perceived within the movement, with women taking on much of the responsibility for sustaining communes. It also examines the lives of younger runaways and daughters who shared the lifestyle. And while it explores the search for self enlightenment at the core of the counterculture experience, it also recounts the problems faced by those who resisted the expectations of "free love" and discusses the sexism experienced by women in the arts.

Lemke-Santangelo's work also extends our understanding of second-wave feminism. She argues that counterculture women, despite their embrace of traditional roles, claimed power by virtue of gender difference and revived an older agrarian ideal that assigned greater value to female productive labor. Perhaps most important, she shows how they used these values to move counterculture practices into the mainstream, helping transform middle-class attitudes toward everything from spirituality to childrearing to the environment.

Featuring photographs and poster art that bring the era to life, Daughters of Aquarius provides both an inside look at a defining movement and a needed corrective to long-held stereotypes of the counterculture . For everyone who was part of that scene—or just wonders what it was like—this book offers a new perspective on those experiences and on cultural innovations that have affected all our lives.

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"Author and history professor Lemke-Santangelo (Abiding Courage: African American Migrant Women in the East Bay Community) examines the history and impact of the 'hippie women' of the 1960"s and 70"s counterculture, whose contributions to the second wave of feminism 'have been shrouded in popular misconceptions and stereotypes.' Using memoirs and interviews (eight new), as well as extensive analysis and personal photos, Lemke-Santangelo illuminates the way figures like author Lenore Kendall and beat poet Diane DiPrima 'altered the social, political, economic and cultural landscape' and brought everything from 'natural childbirth and mothering to New Age spiritual beliefs, eco-feminism, holistic health, and sustainable agriculture' into the national discourse (sowing seeds for the current 'green' movement). Though most were white and 'children of prosperity,' Lemke-Santangelo addresses and dispels stereotyped notions of 'earth mothers' and 'love goddesses'-an oppressive vision promoted even in the (male-dominated) counterculture press-to present an unobstructed view of their day-to-day lives, finding a lifestyle at once progressive and strikingly similar to that of their hard-working great-grandmothers. Filling a gap in the scholarship of feminism, this history presents (and preserves) stories from a wide range of counterculture women with lively, populist prose and little academic posturing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

The first book to focus specifically on the women of the counterculture movement reveals how hippie women launched a subtle rebellion by by rejecting their mothers' suburban domesticity in favor of their grandmothers' agrarian ideals, which assigned greater value to women's contributions.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Goddesses, Chicks, Earth Mothers, and Groupies

Confronting the Stereotypes of Hip Womanhood

2. "We Wanted to Break Away"

Women's Journey from the 'Burbs to the Counterculture

3. In Harmonious Intercourse

Gender Constructs, Sexuality, Body Image, Relationships, and Reproduction

4. "It Never Seemed Like Drudgery"

Women's Economic Survival Strategies

5. "I Was Opening Up Like a Tender Flower"

Women's Psychedelic, Spiritual, and Travel Adventures

6. Little Sisters

Girls of the Counterculture

7. "We Were the True Aquarians"

Hippie Women, Feminism, and the New Age

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780700616336
Subtitle:
Women of the Sixties Counterculture
Author:
Lemke-santangelo, Gretchen
Author:
Lemke-Santangelo, Gretchen
Author:
Lemke-Santagelo, Gretchen
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Nineteen sixties
Subject:
Counterculture - United States - History -
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/60s
Subject:
Popular Culture - Counter Culture
Subject:
United States Social life and customs.
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Women's Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Culture America
Publication Date:
20090402
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.10x6.10x1.10 in. 1.10 lbs.

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Product details 248 pages University Press of Kansas - English 9780700616336 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Author and history professor Lemke-Santangelo (Abiding Courage: African American Migrant Women in the East Bay Community) examines the history and impact of the 'hippie women' of the 1960"s and 70"s counterculture, whose contributions to the second wave of feminism 'have been shrouded in popular misconceptions and stereotypes.' Using memoirs and interviews (eight new), as well as extensive analysis and personal photos, Lemke-Santangelo illuminates the way figures like author Lenore Kendall and beat poet Diane DiPrima 'altered the social, political, economic and cultural landscape' and brought everything from 'natural childbirth and mothering to New Age spiritual beliefs, eco-feminism, holistic health, and sustainable agriculture' into the national discourse (sowing seeds for the current 'green' movement). Though most were white and 'children of prosperity,' Lemke-Santangelo addresses and dispels stereotyped notions of 'earth mothers' and 'love goddesses'-an oppressive vision promoted even in the (male-dominated) counterculture press-to present an unobstructed view of their day-to-day lives, finding a lifestyle at once progressive and strikingly similar to that of their hard-working great-grandmothers. Filling a gap in the scholarship of feminism, this history presents (and preserves) stories from a wide range of counterculture women with lively, populist prose and little academic posturing." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , The first book to focus specifically on the women of the counterculture movement reveals how hippie women launched a subtle rebellion by by rejecting their mothers' suburban domesticity in favor of their grandmothers' agrarian ideals, which assigned greater value to women's contributions.
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