Going Too Far: The Personal Chronicle of a Feminist by Robin Morgan

By Robin Morgan

The own papers of 1 of feminism’s so much passionate leaders, with a brand new preface by means of the author

As an activist for social justice, Robin Morgan has bought a name for robust convictions and a life-affirming means of expressing them via writing. Nowhere is that this extra glaring than in Going Too Far, which takes us behind the curtain in Morgan’s lifestyles and within the women’s circulation until eventually 1977. We watch the advance of an organizer who's a posh philosopher whereas Morgan evolves as a mom, chief, author, and activist.

Morgan’s prepared eye is informed on all features of recent feminism, and this can be mirrored within the juxtaposition of the magazine entries and letters of her own existence with the essays and polemics that form her public personality. Her critiques on marriage, love, faith, pornography, and artwork are as completely clean and well timed this present day as they have been many years in the past. Her growing to be knowledge and intensity of notion are obvious within the book’s development, and her final chapters, keen on what she phrases the “metaphysics of feminism,” will swap a reader’s international view for the better—and forever.

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The Coalition of Labor Union Women is making waves within the male-controlled labor movement; and domestic workers, secretaries, hospital employees, welfare mothers, waitresses, and hundreds of thousands of other women—too long a list to name here—are fighting for their/our rights. They said we were “anti-housewife,” though many of us were housewives, and it was not us, but society itself, as structured by men, which had contempt for life-sustenance tasks. Today, too many housewives are in open participation in the Women’s Movement to be ignored—and many are talking of a housewives’ union.

No, it’s our fault, always. The vote? ” An end to foot-binding? ” Abolishing slavery, wife-buying and -selling and -beating, rape, clitoridectomies, butcher-abortions, suttee—attacks on such issues were all radical, “extremist” notions in their time (in some parts of the world, radical and extreme to this day). A woman working outside the home? In other than volunteer jobs? You mean for pay? Surely that takes things too far, undermines the very foundations of family and therefore state (unless of course she is a “lower-class” woman who has always been permitted menial jobs—in which case her demand for a decent living would be seen comparably as, naturally, going too far).

There are the Feminist Women’s Health Centers proliferating in cities and towns around the country, proving that the speculum may well be mightier than the scalpel; the Rape Crisis Centers and the Centers for Battered Women; the Women’s Law Centers; the expanding feminist media—books and newspapers and newsletters and magazines and pamphlets, literary and scholarly and how-to practical journals, as well as film groups, videotape collectives, radio and television and cable TV programs; the record companies; the Feminist Federal Credit Unions, begun only a few years ago (Detroit was the first) and now spreading to other cities—with assets approaching one and a half million dollars in women’s control.

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