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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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Beginning to See the Light

Beginning to See the Light

(p.51) Beginning to See the Light
The Essential Ellen Willis

Nona Willis Aronowitz

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter argues that sexism combined with anger was always potentially fascistic, that stripping the gentility from the relations between the sexes too often reveals male power in its most brutal form. The American right was on the move; the backlash against feminism was particularly ominous. Jimmy Carter, with his opposition to abortion, his fundamentalist religion, and his glorification of the traditional (that is, male-dominated) family, was encouraging cultural reaction in a way that was all the more difficult to combat because he was a Democrat and supposedly a populist. The auchapterthor notes a paradox in music, or more precisely, rock and roll, citing the lyrics of bands such as Deadly Nightshade and the Sex Pistols: even when the content was antiwoman, antisexual, in a sense antihuman, the form encouraged her struggle for liberation.

Keywords:   sexism, anger, male power, right, feminism, Jimmy Carter, abortion, music, rock and roll, Sex Pistols

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