The Woman Question & the Death of the Family

The Woman Question & the Death of the Family

It is not surprising that the woman question has come to seem urgent during the last few years. A period so given to activity in behalf of every liberation could be counted upon to leave no convention undisturbed.

Although such writers as Kate Millett and Susan Brownmiller have been less than illuminating, there has been occasion to think long and hard about a good many things—both because of the emergence of the women’s liberation movement and because of such liberationists as R. D. Laing, Herbert Marcuse, and Norman Mailer. If we take seriously what the radical feminists have in mind, we ought to consider it in the context of a whole series of arguments that have split this culture in two or more parts. These arguments I should like to engage under the heading, “The Death of the Family,” which I take from the title of a recent book by David Cooper.

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Lima