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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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