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This feminist classic explores the many manifestations of friendship between women and examines the ways women have created their own communities and destinies through friendship.
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JANICE G. RAYMOND, professor emerita of women s studies and medical ethics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, has been a leader in the campaign to have prostitution recognized as violence against women. From 1994 to 2007, Raymond served as the co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), a nongovernmental organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. She is the author of four books, including "A Passion for Friends: A Philosophy of Female Affection" (Beacon, 1986) and "Women as Wombs: Reproductive Technologies and the Battle over Women s Bodies" (HarperSanFrancisco, 1994). She has published many articles, some of which have appeared in the "Guardian" and the "Christian Science Monitor". She lives in western Massachusetts.From Publishers Weekly:
If Raymond is correct, all of women's behavioreven friendships with other femalesis informed by their self-images as passive, secondary creatures in a male-dominated world. But despite this burden, she maintains, some women in various times and places have developed their innate capacity for intense same-sex friendships, with or without homoerotic components. Raymond looks at the lives of medieval nuns who formed spiritual and emotional ties in convents that gave them independence from a man's world. She examines the 19th century Chinese phenomenon of "marriage resisters": rural women who banded together after leaving their husbands or refusing to marry at all. Her radical feminist critique is, unfortunately, vague on how women's friendships might transform patriarchal social structures and bind women's lives together. The study is a mixture of impassioned rhetoric, jargon and tough-minded analysis. February 1
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Book Description Beacon Press, 1986. Paperback. Condition: New. 3rd Edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX0807067245