By Susan Krieger
Krieger has constructed a particularly feminist method of realizing and scholarship. Her kind is self-revelatory, emotional, and even as deeply analytical. Her essays pioneer a brand new approach to finding, defining, and honoring woman values.
The relatives Silver encompasses a thought-provoking dialogue of gender roles between ladies, together with the author's adventure of being wrong for a guy; an exploration of educating in a feminist school room; and an outline of the talk that resulted while the writer refused to permit a adversarial male scholar to take one in every of her classes. superbly written,The relations Silver addresses problems with relevant drawback to feminists, postmodernists, and queer theorists and encourages new insights into how gender profoundly impacts us all.
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What stays with me from that episode in terms of gender, aside 20 persona l set t ings from my fundamental, and probably female, fear on the street, is my feeling that it was more frightening for me to be mistaken for a gay man than to be treated as a woman, and my more basic feeling that I did not want to be mistaken for a man at all. This mistake must have been made, I told myself, because of the jacket and pants I was wearing. These were men’s clothes, chosen for a reason. Men’s clothes are more durable than women’s and I feel more physically protected in them.
Or was a lesbian different because she was more false in that role—less subordinate to men, although subordinate, perhaps, to women who acted like men? These distinctions seem important to me because women who act like men are not men, and because lesbians are again different, and the differences of women, and of lesbians, often are not seen. At the same time, what is seen—a surface gender style—is often not well understood, either in terms of what it means to an individual, or in terms of a deeper structure of gender.
Fran then listed her needs: one, two, three, four. Jenny remembered the formality of their presentation more than what they were speci¤cally. She felt all this must be occurring because Fran had sensed in her a desire to run away. It was more than a desire; it was a re®ex actually. Fran must have sensed it immediately, just as Jenny had sensed Fran’s hunger, her need for someone else’s emotions to ¤ll her. Jenny was not used to opening herself to another person, but she nonetheless felt it not beyond her to be with Fran.