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Looking back now at how narrow my questioning was then, the lesson I have learned is always to pay close attention to ethnic, racial and communal politics, but never imagine that one can fully understand those politics unless one vigorously investigates the politics of femininities and masculinities. Cynthia Enloe 17 The ﬁrst feminist publication I ever subscribed to was Ms. Magazine. That was in the spring of 1972. ” But as I read that special ﬁrst issue of Ms. – an insert inside New York Magazine – I was excited.
Uberoi, Patricia. “Reciprocity in Social Science: Gender Issues,” The Indian Journal of Social Science, 6, no. 3, 1993, 243–258. ” This was the late 1960s, and my ignorance was not only stunning but, given my upbringing, it was downright odd. My California-born mother had gone to an all-women’s college, Mills, in the 1920s; she was one of the ﬁrst generation of young American women to come of age having the right to vote. After going to co-ed public schools in post-Second World War suburban New York, I also chose to attend an all-women’s college, Connecticut College.
Without activist thinking (and without the results Cynthia Enloe 25 of that thinking: activist-derived conceptualizations), we would all be stymied. Tensions rose on campus. Four more Clark women bravely joined Ximena in her charge (a Puerto Rican graduate student in geography, the sociology secretary, an untenured sociology professor and an undergraduate woman student). In reaction, the accused sociology chair called on his networks (men and women, many of them well-known ﬁgures) in the local and national peace organizations to support and validate him.