By Marion Meade
Within the early Nineteen Seventies, the nationwide dialog concerning feminism used to be very assorted. Public discussions of womanhood—single existence, marriage, place of work harassment, rights, gripes—were usually channeled via stream spokeswomen and continuously refracted throughout the lens of speaking to males approximately males. Little used to be shared concerning the chats occurring at the back of closed doorways the place daily ladies talked to girls with no the specter of males listening in. yet, all that modified with the booklet BITCHING.Originally released in 1973, BITCHING is journalist and writer Marion Meade's deep and insightful research into the genuine discussion taking place within espresso klatches, consciousness-raising teams, and therapist's classes. utilizing excerpts from actual taped conversations, Meade provides the disappointment, anger, resigned recognition, and scathing humor that make up the feminine adventure from start to grave.For the 1st time, male chauvinist habit is going totally tested and unexcused, and the jobs males strength upon ladies get damaged all the way down to their occasionally ridiculous part components. A photograph right into a key time within the feminist move, this publication is a must-read for an individual drawn to how a long way we've come... or how a lot we've stayed an identical.
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When we understand love as the will to nurture our own and another's spiritual growth, it becomes clear that we cannot claim to love if we are hurtful and abusive. Love and abuse cannot coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposites of nurturance and care. Often we hear of a man who beats his children and wife and then goes to the corner bar and passionately proclaims how much he loves them. If you talk to the wife on a good day, she may also insist he loves her, despite his violence .
No one can rightfully claim to be loving when behaving abusively. Yet parents do this all the time in our culture. Children are told that they are loved even though they are being abused. It is a testimony to the failure of loving practice that abuse is happening in the first place. Many of the men who offer their personal testimony in Boyhood, Growing Up Male tell stories of random violent abuse by parents that inflicted trauma. In his essay "When My Father Hit Me," Bob Shelby describes the pain of repeated beatings by his dad, stating: "From these experiences with my father, I learned about the abuse of power.
Wheth" our homes are happy or troubled, our families functional or dysfunctional, it's the original school of love . I cannot remember ever wanting to ask my parents to define love. To my child's mind love was the good feeling you got when family treated you like you mattered and you treated them like they mattered. Love was always and only about good feeling. In early adolescence when we were whipped and told that these punishments were "for our own good " or "I'm doing this because I love you," my siblings and I were confused .