Second Wave

Centenary week: Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir was born on the 9th of January, 1908. Toril Moi writes in The Guardian that all of us should read her masterpiece, The Second Sex (of which Random House has recently announced a new English translation to be published in the next few years, finally acknowledging long-standing criticisms of the only English […]

Feminism Friday: The origins of the word “sexism”

Although it has long since become a household phrase, the origins of the term “sexism” are not widely known. In researching this article, I found that the term is most commonly dated to the 1968 paper “Freedom for Movement Girls – Now”, however there are actually two other known appearances of this word prior to […]

Second Wave Classics: recommended reading

Enjoy. Sexual Politics, Kate Millet (1968) The Politics of Housework, Pat Mainardi (1970 ) Feminism Old Wave and New Wave, Ellen Dubois (1971) Why I Want A Wife, Judy Syfers (1971) The BITCH Manifesto, Jo Freeman (1972) and many more from the Chicago Women’s Liberation Union Herstory Archive. Also: The Dialectic of Sex, Chapter One, […]