Review by Choice Review
This adequate book from a seemingly (yet most likely unintentionally) mainstream viewpoint details some of the issues confronting women's studies (versus gender studies) as an academic discipline and women's studies and feminism as an everyday life discourse. While the first few chapters are relatively weak and not as cohesive as they could be (e.g., not enough detail, relevance, or theory supports and explains views; awkward writing results in tedious reading; questions are left unanswered), the remaining chapters prove to be much stronger and more informative. Especially well crafted and interesting is the chapter on backlash. Specifically, the authors detail the causes for "waves of backlash" toward women's studies programs and feminism in general, examining the flawed analyses, myths, lack of appropriate research designs, intended audiences, and ramifications of these publications from the people providing the backlash (e.g., Roiphe, Paglia, Patai, Koertge, and Fox-Genovese). This book serves as an updated version of Dorothy McBride Stetson's Women's Rights in the U.S.A. (1991). ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates, and community college students. K. M. Jamieson Ashland University
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