The paper actually began as a memo that I wrote in February of while in Gainesville, Florida. WLM groups had been springing up all over the country—and the world. It had a good record of racial, economic and political justice work since New Deal days, and I joined its staff in as its New York office manager. Our demands that men share the housework and childcare were likewise deemed a personal problem between a woman and her individual man. Heaven forbid that we should point out that men benefit from oppressing women. Of course there were women within New York Radical Women and the broader feminist movement who argued from the beginning against consciousness raising and claimed women were brainwashed and complicit in their own oppression, an argument rooted in the sociological and psychological rather than the political.
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Linda Napikoski Updated January 03, "The personal is political" was a frequently-heard feminist rallying cry, especially during the late s and s. The exact origin of the phrase is unknown and sometimes debated. Many second-wave feminists used the phrase "the personal is political" or its underlying meaning in their writing, speeches, consciousness-raising, and other activities. The meaning has sometimes been interpreted to mean that political and personal issues affect each other.
It has also meant that the experience of women is the grounding of feminism, both personal and political. However, in her introduction to the republication of the essay, Hanisch wrote that she did not come up with the title.
Her essay "The Personal Is Political" said that coming to a personal realization of how "grim" the situation was for women was as important as doing political "action" such as protests.
Hanisch noted that "political" refers to any power relationships, not just those of government or elected officials. Other Sources Among the influential works cited as bases for "the personal is political" idea are sociologist C. Gloria Steinem has said that it is impossible to know who first said "the personal is political" and that saying you coined the phrase "the personal is political" would be like saying you coined the phrase " World War II. Critique Some have critiqued the focus on "the personal is political" because, they say, it has meant a focus more exclusively on personal issues such as family division of labor, and has ignored systemic sexism and political problems and solutions.
Sources and Further Reading Hanisch, Carol. Firestone, Shulasmith and Anne Koedt. New York: Radical Feminism, Jones, Claudia. Morgan, Robin ed. Steinem, Gloria. Mill, C.
CAROL HANISCH THE PERSONAL IS POLITICAL PDF
The paper actually began as a memo that I wrote in February of while in Gainesville, Florida. WLM groups had been springing up all over the country—and the world. It had a good record of racial, economic and political justice work since New Deal days, and I joined its staff in as its New York office manager. Our demands that men share the housework and childcare were likewise deemed a personal problem between a woman and her individual man.
Carol Hanisch - The Personal is Political
Sagor In the context of the feminist movement of the s and s, it was a challenge to the nuclear family and family values. Therapy is adjusting to your bad personal alternative. By extension, the problems could not be solved by personal solutions but only by social change. Keep Exploring Britannica Slavery. Rahila Gupta is a freelance journalist and writer. Sections openDemocracy Free thinking for the world.
The Personal Is Political
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