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Ellen Willis and Nona Willis Aronowitz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681204

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681204.001.0001

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Up from Radicalism

Up from Radicalism

A Feminist Journal

(p.5) Up from Radicalism
The Essential Ellen Willis

Nona Willis Aronowitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter chronicles the author’s transformation from an introverted, highly intelligent coed who was terrified to challenge the “rules” to a furious and fully conscious woman who had never seen so clearly, and how she discovered in the newly resurgent feminism an activist and intellectual home base. Drawing on her journal written between 1962 and 1969, she talks about how she was caught up in the patriotic idealism myth and decided to get involved in the civil rights movement, her move to New York, continued identification with the left, and disenchantment with quasi-religious utopianism. It also discusses her involvement in an action group based on a militantly independent radical feminist consciousness, citing their protests against the New York state legislature’s hearings on abortion reform.

Keywords:   feminism, civil rights movement, New York, left, quasi-religious utopianism, abortion

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