Essay about The Women's Liberation Movement
The editors Rosalyn Baxandall and Linda Gordon have done an incredible job establishing the roots …show more content…
In the public opinion, thanks to the help of the media, the participants of the movement have been seen as ¡°man-hating dykes; spoiled, self centered self-pitying women; bra burners¡± or the ever popular "privileged, middle-class white women who had neither knowledge about nor concern for working class women or women of color" to the extent that most women today would not define themselves as feminists while most believe in the same goals as self declared feminists (Baxandall Gordon 2) The major goal which the editors set out to do was to disprove the popular beliefs which were implemented to demonize, depoliticize, and destroy the reputation of second-wave feminists.
An extensive introduction supplies an account of the women's liberation movement, rooting its origins, how it expanded, and what it set out to accomplish. The rest of the book is organized into three parts, which then are further broken down into smaller groups. After the introduction the section named "Origins" exists, which contains various feminist manifestos from the beginnings of the movement. This section clarifies the interactions among feminists and the New Left, and