The Double Bind
Did they have ‘the best of all possible worlds’? Or were they caught in a double bind? Sylvia Plath’s letters tell of her delighted sense of life opening before her as a ‘college girl’. Her poetry, however, tells of anguish, of reaching for distant goals. Drawing on interviews, surveys, reunion books, letters, biographical and autobiographical writing from both American and Australian women, this cultural history argues that the choices that faced educated women in that time led to the revolution of the late 1960s and 70s. Something had to give. There are lessons here for today’s young women, facing again conflicting expectations. Is it possible, they ask, to ‘have it all’?
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Mackinnon, Alison, 1942-
Women, love, and learning : the double bind / Alison Mackinnon. – 1st ed.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
1. Women–United States–History–20th century. 2. Women–Australia–History–20th century.
3. Feminism–United States–History–20th century. 4. Feminism–Australia–History–
20th century. 5. Women–Social conditions–History–20th century. I. Title.
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