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  • Katie shared from Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
    we call “literature” is in fact just the vehicle for what might more accurately be described as the Study of … Everything.’
  • Katie shared from Starter for Ten by David Nicholls
    about Literature is, well, basically it encapsulates all the disciplines – it’s history, philosophy, politics, sexual politics, sociology, psychology, linguistics, science. Literature is mankind’s organised response to the world around him, or her, so
  • Katie shared from Age Matters: Re-Aligning Feminist Thinking by Toni M. Calasanti, Kathleen F. Slevin
    Along the same lines, the problem faced by many old workers is not low wages and compulsion to work for pay but exclusion from paid labor and abandonment to shrinking pensions. Old people are dismissed as incompetent and unable, their entitlements attacked as burdens on the young. Western forms of ageism—exclusion of old people based on belief in their incompetence—include a generational ideology of diminishing capacity to contribute. This portrays old people as in decline and undeserving of support.
  • Katie shared from Age Matters: Re-Aligning Feminist Thinking by Toni M. Calasanti, Kathleen F. Slevin
    Though standards of feminine beauty and play revolve around attachment to husbands, old women are deprived of authority and wealth as much by abandonment as by exploitation. Thus, the feminist analysis of reproductive labor is skewed without a sense of how demands made on women alter with age.
  • Katie shared from Age Matters: Re-Aligning Feminist Thinking by Toni M. Calasanti, Kathleen F. Slevin
    twentieth-century, Western institution of retirement has further sidelined the growing old population from the workforce. Nevertheless, little of this has entered feminist theories of political economy outside of social gerontology. Ironically, with its focus on the problems of the sexually desired (compulsory heterosexuality, sexual objectification and harassment, abortion rights), mainstream feminist theory has largely done the same—sidelined old women from its theories—and has thus missed opportunities to theorize forms of inequality that constrict the lives and fail to compensate the work...