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The New Left and Feminism, 1965–1969

The New Left and Feminism, 1965–1969

Chapter:
(p.95) Chapter Three The New Left and Feminism, 1965–1969
Source:
A Hard Rain Fell
Author(s):
David Barber
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781934110171.003.0004

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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