Women: Images & Realities, A Multicultural Anthology

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2011-12-07
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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Now in its fifth successful edition, Women: Images and Realitiesoffers a unique, thought-provoking introduction to feminism and women's studies. A multicultural anthology, the text presents a multidisciplinary collection of academic essays and analyses, personal narratives, and fiction and poetry about women's lives. The readings illustrate the variety of women's experiences, primarily in the United States, considering both commonalities and differences among women and appreciating women's diverse approaches to living and fostering change.

Table of Contents




1. Talking Back | bell hooks

2. Sins of Silence | Mai Kao Thao

3. Claiming an Education | Adrienne Rich

4. The Politics of Black Women’s Studies | Akasha (Gloria T.) Hull and Barbara Smith

5. Men and Women’s Studies: Premises, Perils, and Promise | Michael Kimmel

6. Women’s Studies and Transnational Feminism | Heather Hewett

7. Have You Ever Heard of Asian-American Feminists? | Stacey G. H. Yap

8. Voices of Women’s Studies Students

Women’s Studies as a Growth Process | Danista Hunte
Finding My Latina Identity Through Women’s Studies | Luana Ferreira
What Women’s Studies Has Meant to Me | Lucita Woodis
Women’s Studies: A Man’s Perspective | Evan Weissman
Jump-Starting My Future: The Force of Women’s Studies in My Life | Eleanor Jailer-Coley

9. Women’s Studies as Women’s History | Marilyn J. Boxer

BOX: Feminists Transform Science | Gowri Parameswaran


Dominant Ideas About Women

10. The Problem That Has No Name | Betty Friedan

11. A Work of Artifice | Marge Piercy

12. To Be Real | Danzy Senna

13. In Search of Liberation | Debra Kent

BOX: JAP: The Anti-Semitic Code Word | Francine Klagsbrun

14. Brideland | Naomi Wolf

15. On Being a "Good Girl": Implications for Latinas in the United States | Elisa Dávila

16. Girls: "We are the Ones Who Can Make a Change!" | Ana Grossman and Emma Peters-Axtell

17. not a pretty girl | Ani Di Franco

Learning Gender

18. Night to His Day: The Social Construction of Gender | Judith Lorber

BOX: Masculine, Feminine or Human? | Robert Jensen

19. The Gift | Murielle Minard

20. klaus barbie, and other dolls i’d like to see | Susan Jane Gilman

21. On Language: You Guys | Audrey Bilger

22. Gender Inequality in School: Not a Thing of the Past | Karen Zittleman and David Sadker

BOX: Reality Versus Perception | Jo Sanders and Sarah Cotton Nelson

BOX: Checklist for Inclusive Teaching | Mercilee Jenkins

23. The Sexual Politics of Interpersonal Behavior | Nancy Henley and Jo Freeman

24. Teen Mags: How to Get a Guy, Drop 20 Pounds, and Lose Your Self-Esteem | Anastasia Higginbotham

25. Gender in the Media | Marielena Zuniga

26. Bitches and Morons and Skanks, Oh My!: What Reality TV Teaches Us About "Women" | Jennifer L. Pozner

27. Words of Protest: How to Write an Effective Letter to the Editor | Jennifer L. Pozner

28. No Respect: Gender Politics and Hip-Hop | Johnnetta Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall

29. If Women Ran Hip-Hop | Aya de Leon

30. Video | India.Arie

31. X: A Fabulous Child’s Story | Lois Gould

32. Courage from Necessity | Mr. Barb Greve


Female Beauty

33. The Beauty Myth | Naomi Wolf

34. When I Was Growing Up | Nellie Wong

35. To Other Women Who Were Ugly Once | Inés Hernandez-Avila

36. Nose Is a Country....I Am the Second Generation | Aishe Berger

37. Homage to My Hair | Lucille Clifton

BOX: Our Crown, Our Glory, Our Roots | Meah Clay

38. The Body Politic | Abra Fortune Chernik

39. Breaking the Model | Graciela (Chely) Rodriguez

BOX: Revenge Against the Scale | Jenny Ollendorf

40. The Fat Girl Rules the World | July Siebecker

41. Homage to My Hips | Lucille Clifton

42. Double Life: Everyone Wants to See Your Breasts—Until Your Baby Needs Them | Lisa Moricoli Latham

Sexuality and Relationships

43. The Cult of Virginity | Jessica Valenti

44. “We Don’t Sleep Around Like White Girls Do”: Family, Culture and Gender in Filipina-American Lives | Yen Le Espiritu

45. Esta Risa No Es De Loca | Caridad Souza

BOX: Demanding a Condom | Kat Doud

46. Pleasures | Diane Hugs

47. Loving Another Woman | Anne Koedt

48. In Search of the Elusive Orgasm | Lori L. Tharps

49. Bisexuality, Feminism, Men, and Me | Robyn Ochs


Women and Work

50. An Overview of Women and Work | Ellen Bravo, Gloria Santa Anna, and Linda Meric

BOX: Gender Segregation and Pay Differentials by Occupation

51. Questions and Answers on Pay Equity | National Committee for Pay Equity

BOX: Office Double Standards

52. The Politics of Housework | Pat Mainardi of Redstockings

53. The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued | Ann Crittenden

54. Friendly for Whose Family? | Betty Holcomb

55. Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy | Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild

56. 9to5: Organizing Low-Wage Women | Ellen Bravo, Gloria Santa Anna, and Linda Meric

57. Sexual Harassment | Ellen Bravo and Linda Meric

58. Sexual Harassment and the Law | Arlene Foy Reynolds

BOX: Unions Benefit Working Women

59. In Case of Sexual Harassment: A Guide for Women Students | Bernice Sandler

60. “Each Day I Go Home with a New Wound in My Heart” | Miriam Ching Yoon Louie

61. Women | Alice Walker

Women, the Law, and Social Policy

62. Women and the Law: Successes, Setbacks and Unfinished Business | Kathleen O’Keefe and Liann O. S. Snykus

BOX: LGBTQ Rights in Several Countries

63. Unequal: A Global Perspective on Women Under the Law | Jessica Neuwirth

64. How to Bring Children Up Without Putting Women Down | Ann Crittenden

BOX: Family Support Policies and Programs: An International Perspective

65. Exploding the Stereotypes: Welfare | Rita Henley Jensen

66. The New Antipoverty Regime: Same Single-Mother Poverty Problems | Randy Albelda

67. If I Survive, It Will Be Despite Welfare Reform | Tonya Mitchell

68. How to Think Like a Feminist Economist | Susan Feiner

69. Women in Sport: A Journey Toward Equality | Pat Griffin

Women and the Family

70. Family and Women’s Lives | Susan Lehrer

71. Seventeen Syllables | Hisaye Yamamoto

72. A Long Story | Beth Brant

73. Elena | Pat Mora

74. “Don’t You Talk About My Mama!” | June Jordan

75. Working at Single Bliss | Mary Helen Washington

76. A Marriage Agreement | Alix Kates Shulman

77. Why We’re Not Getting Married | Martha Ackelsberg and Judith Plaskow

Women and Religion

78. My Church Threw Me Out | Mary Ann Sorrentino

79. Reactions to a Woman Rabbi | Laura Geller

80. Christian Fundamentalism: Patriarchy, Sexuality, and Human Rights | Susan D. Rose

81. The Black Church: What’s the Word? | Johnnetta Cole and Beverly Guy-Sheftall

82. Rethinking Women’s Issues in Muslim Communities | Kecia Ali

83. Revelations | Linda Villarosa

84. In Her Own Image | Rose Solari


The Health Care System

85. The Politics of Women’s Health Care | Our Bodies Ourselves

BOX: The Millennium Development Goals: A Promise to the World’s Women

86. Mandatory Doctor’s Visit | Diane Hugs

87. The Feminization of AIDS | Marielena Zuniga

88. "Necessity Was the Midwife of Our Politics" | Deborah R. Grayson

89. Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center | Jael Silliman, Marlene Fried, Loretta Ross, and Elena Guttierez

BOX: Gyno-to-Lesbo-Chats

BOX: Focus on Lesbian Health | Kathleen Debold

90. Breast Cancer Activism: Moving Beyond the Mammography Debate | Sabrina McCormick

BOX: Top 10 Breast Cancer Myths Debunked

Reproductive Justice

91. What Is Reproductive Justice? | Loretta Ross

92. Voices of Reproductive Justice

Disabled Women and Reproductive Justice | Mia Mingus
Reproductive Justice Issues for Asian and Pacific Islander Women | Maria Nakae
Made in the USA: Advancing Reproductive Justice in the Immigration Debate | Priscilla Huang

93. Abortion: Is a Woman a Person? | Ellen Willis

94. Lost Woman Song | Ani Difranco

95. Talking with the Enemy | Anne Fowler, Nicki Nichols Gamble, Frances X. Hogan, Melissa Kogut, Madeline McComish, and Barbara Thorp

BOX: Pro-choice/Pro-life

96. Parental Consent Laws: Are They a “Reasonable Compromise”? | Mike Males

97. Testimony of William Bell | Connecticut State Legislature

98. Using Pregnancy to Control Women | Ruth Hubbard

BOX: Access to Safe Abortion Is a Human Right

99. Reclaiming Choice for Native Women | Jessica Yee

100. Abortion in the United States: Barriers to Access | Marlene Gerber Fried


Take a Closer Look: Racism in Women’s Lives

101. Defining Racism: “Can We Talk?” | Beverly Daniel Tatum

102. Codes of Conduct | Adrienne Su

103. Salad | Janice Mirikitani

104. I Am Not Your Princess | Chrystos

105. Take a Closer Look | Carrie Castro

106. White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack | Peggy Mcintosh

107. An Autobiography | Angela Davis

The Legacy of Class

108. Tired of Playing Monopoly? | Donna Langston

109. Sisters | Barbara Neely

110. Jewish and Working Class | Bernice Mennis

111. Poverty, Hopelessness, and Hope | Kendall A. Johnson

112. Grace Paley Reading | Toi Derricotte

“Are You Some Kind of Dyke?”: The Perils of Heterosexism

113. Homophobia and Sexism | Suzanne Pharr

114. Cat | Julie Blackwomon

115. Chicana Lesbians: Fear and Loathing in the Chicano Community | Carla Trujillo

116. Livin’ in a Gay Family | Megan McGuire

117. I Lost It at the Movies | Jewelle Gomez

Older, Wiser, and Marginalized: Ageism in Women’s Lives

118. Older Women: The Realities | Older Women’s League

119. The Women in the Tower | Cynthia Rich

120. The Day Nani Fell and I Wasn’t There to Catch Her | Anna Marie Quevedo

121. Over the Hill and Out of Sight | Janice Keaffaber

BOX: She Who Once Was | Rebecca McClanahan

Nations, Boundaries, and Belonging: Citizenship in Women’s Lives

122. The Tale of Two Worlds: Unpacking the Power of the Global North over the Global South | Gowri Parameswaran

123. Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the U.S. Food Industry | Southern Poverty Law Center

124. Mothers of Our Nations: Indigenous Women Address the World | Winona LaDuke

125. What’s in a Name | Anida Yoeu Ali

126. Human Security vs. National Security | Charlotte Bunch

Borderlands and Intersections

127. Rights, Realities and Issues of Women with Disabilities | Laura Hershey

BOX: Beside My Sister, Facing the Enemy | Mari Matsuda

128. Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference | Audre Lorde

129. Fence Sitters, Switch Hitters, and Bi-Bi Girls: An Exploration of Hapa and Bisexual Identities | Beverly Yuen Thompson

130. Boundaries: Arab/American | Lisa Suhair Majaj

131. Why Race Matters to a White Dyke | Nell Geiser

132. Friday Night | Linda Hogan


Violence in Intimate Relationships

133. Understanding Intimate Partner Violence | Michele McKeon

134. The Club | Mitsuye Yamada

135. La Princesa | Latina Anónima

BOX: Violence in Intimate Relationships: A Feminist Perspective | bell hooks

136. Holding Up More Than Half the Heavens | Margaretta Wan Lin and Cheng Imm Tan

137. Selective Storytelling: A Critique of U.S. Media Coverage Regarding Violence Against Indian Women | Sharmila Lodhia

138. Bringing Women’s Studies to a Battered Women’s Shelter | Colleen Farrell

Sexual Violence

139. With No Immediate Cause | Ntozake Shange

140. Rape, The All-American Crime | Susan Griffin

BOX: Rape Law Reform | Amy Silvestro

141. Whose Body Is It, Anyway? | Pamela Fletcher

142. Rape and Gender Violence: From Impunity to Accountability in International Law | Rhonda Copelon

143. Catcalls, Groping, and Stalking in Public Places: How to Deal with Street Harassment | Holly Kearl

BOX: “Hey, Man, That’s Not Cool”: Men Stopping Street Harassment

144. High-School Gauntlet | Rachel

145. Naming and Studying Acquaintance Rape | Peggy Reeves Sanday

146. Stronger Than You Know | Rachel Modell

147. Protecting Male Abusers and Punishing the Women Who Confront Them: The Current Status of Child-Sex Abuse in America | Lanette Fisher-Hertz

148. Making Sense of the Experience of Incest Survivors | Peri L. Rainbow

149. Bubba Esther, 1888 | Ruth Whitman


Feminism as a Social Movement

150. The First and Second Waves of Feminism in the United States | Amy Kesselman

151. The Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention, 1848

BOX: Sojourner Truth’s Defense of the Rights of Women

152. What Feminism Means to Me | George Middleton

153. Consciousness Raising: A Radical Weapon | Kathie Sarachild

154. The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective | Susan Brownmiller

155. The Making of the Vanguard Center | Benita Roth

156. Chicana Feminist Discourse, 1970s | Alma M. Garcia

157. Thoughts on Indian Feminism | Kate Shanley

158. Triple Jeopardy and the Struggle | Miriam Ching Yoon Louie

159. Blame It on Feminism | Susan Faludi

160. Bringing the Global Home | Charlotte Bunch

161. The Globetrotting Sneaker | Cynthia Enloe

162. Transnational Collaboration in Support of Sweatshop Workers

Union Organizing in El Salvador | Sonia Beatriz Lara
United Students Against Sweatshops | Liza Featherstone and United Students Against Sweatshops

Women Organizing: Many Issues, Many Voices

163. Struggles of Responsibility | Winona LaDuke

164. style no. 1 | Sonia Sanchez

165. Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future | Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards

166. Just Sex: Students Rewrite the Rules on Sex, Violence, and Equality | Jodi Gold and Susan Villari

167. Black Feminism at Twenty-one: Reflections on the Evolution of a National Community | Barbara Ramsby

168. Voices | Women of Ace, Bedford Hills Correctional Facility

169. Organizing with Love: Lessons from the New York Domestic Workers Bill of Rights Campaign | Ai-Jen Poo, For Domestic Workers United

170. Women, Environmental Justice, and the Coal River Mountain Watch | Joyce M. Barry

171. The Feminist Food Revolution | Jennifer Cognard-Black

172. Waging Peace: Medea Benjamin of Codepink | Angelina Perri Birney

173. Feminism and Antimilitarism: An Activist’s Journey | Claire R. Papell

174. Voices of Women’s Studies Graduates

Real Life: Women’s Studies in Action? | Lori Gross
Becoming a Feminist Physician | Sharon Thompson
A Women’s Studies Graduate Goes to Africa | Constance Rivera



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