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A Hard Rain FellSDS and Why it Failed$
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David Barber

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110171

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110171.001.0001

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The New Left and Feminism, 1965–1969

The New Left and Feminism, 1965–1969

(p.95) Chapter Three The New Left and Feminism, 1965–1969
A Hard Rain Fell

David Barber

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines how the New Left received the social struggles of white women; how that struggle opened new vistas for the New Left, particularly female members of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); and how, simultaneously, the pull of traditional American gender relations distorted those new understandings and kept them within the orbit of white male domination. It shows that the New Left refused to examine gender seriously, and, in so doing, continued to accept uncritically as natural U.S. society’s definitions of gender.

Keywords:   Students for a Democratic Society, SDS, white women, gender relations, white male domination, feminists

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