The Resource Sex, gender, and the politics of ERA : a state and the nation, Donald G. Mathews, Jane Sherron De Hart

Sex, gender, and the politics of ERA : a state and the nation, Donald G. Mathews, Jane Sherron De Hart

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Sex, gender, and the politics of ERA : a state and the nation
Title
Sex, gender, and the politics of ERA
Title remainder
a state and the nation
Statement of responsibility
Donald G. Mathews, Jane Sherron De Hart
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Feminism has changed the United States -- but not to universal applause. The defeat of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982 not only suggested the extent of anti-feminism in our nation; it also triggered a remarkable range of emotions. To its supporters, the amendment meant equal opportunity and individual freedom; it was the logical extension of the highest American ideals. To opponents, however, it meant the destruction of "womanhood"; it was "a dangerous virus cultured in the pathology of American life," an insidious outgrowth of the sixties. Partisans were shocked that a debate about equality should become a debate about gender, and that the ERA should become a symbol of impurity and danger. Sex, Gender, and the Politics of ERA is the most profound and sensitive discussion to date of the way in which women responded to feminism. Drawing on extensive research and interviews, Mathews and De Hart explore the fate of the ERA in North Carolina--one of the three states targeted by both sides as essential to ratification--to reveal the dynamics that stunned supporters across America. The authors insightfully link public discourse and private feelings, placing arguments used throughout the nation in the personal contexts of women who pleaded their cases for and against equality. Beginning with a study of woman suffrage, the book shows how issues of sex, gender, race, and power remained potent weapons on the ERA battlefield. The ideas of such vocal opponents as Phyllis Schlafly and Senator Sam Ervin set the perfect stage for mothers to confess their terror at the violation of their daughters in a post-ERA world, while the prospect of losing ratification to this terror impelled supporters to shed the white gloves of genteel lobbying for the combat boots of political in-fighting. In the end, however, the efforts of ERA supporters could neither outweigh the symbolic actions of its opponents--who reassured male legislators with gifts of homemade bread tagged "To the breadwinners from the breadbakers"--Nor weaken the resistance of those same legislators to further federal guarantees of equality. Ultimately, opponents succeeded in making equality for women seem dangerous. In thus explaining the ERA controversy, the authors brilliantly illuminate the many meanings of feminism for the American people
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DLC
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Mathews, Donald G
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1236.5.U6
LC item number
M38 1990
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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De Hart, Jane Sherron
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  • Women's rights
  • Equal rights amendments
  • Feminism
  • Equal Rights Amendment - Caroline du Nord
  • Femmes - Droits - Caroline du Nord
  • Féminisme - Caroline du Nord
  • Femmes
  • Equal Rights Amendment
  • Féminisme
  • Equal rights amendments
  • Feminism
  • Women's rights
  • Frau
  • Frauenbewegung
  • Gleichberechtigung
  • Gelijke kansen
  • Vrouwen
  • Wetgeving
  • Frau
  • Frauenbewegung
  • Gleichberechtigung
  • North Carolina
  • USA
  • USA
Label
Sex, gender, and the politics of ERA : a state and the nation, Donald G. Mathews, Jane Sherron De Hart
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Parable: Woman Suffrage and "Manhood" in North Carolina
  • "Physiological and Functional Differences": Sam Ervin on Classification by Sex
  • "We Just Didn't Realize It Was Going To Be That Difficult": Political Socialization the Hard Way
  • "Idealistic Sisterhood Has Gotten Us Nowhere": Dressing for Political Combat
  • "We Are Called and We Must Not Be Found Wanting": ERA and the Women's Movement
  • "We Don't Want To Be Men!": Women against the Women's Movement
  • Men Besieged "On Account of Sex": Bargaining in the General Assembly
  • ERA and the Politics of Gender
Dimensions
25 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 283 pages
Isbn
9780195078527
Lccn
90007174
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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unknown
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unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)21376917
Label
Sex, gender, and the politics of ERA : a state and the nation, Donald G. Mathews, Jane Sherron De Hart
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Parable: Woman Suffrage and "Manhood" in North Carolina
  • "Physiological and Functional Differences": Sam Ervin on Classification by Sex
  • "We Just Didn't Realize It Was Going To Be That Difficult": Political Socialization the Hard Way
  • "Idealistic Sisterhood Has Gotten Us Nowhere": Dressing for Political Combat
  • "We Are Called and We Must Not Be Found Wanting": ERA and the Women's Movement
  • "We Don't Want To Be Men!": Women against the Women's Movement
  • Men Besieged "On Account of Sex": Bargaining in the General Assembly
  • ERA and the Politics of Gender
Dimensions
25 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xv, 283 pages
Isbn
9780195078527
Lccn
90007174
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Quality assurance targets
unknown
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)21376917

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