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ERIC Number: ED077028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Oct
Pages: 7
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The Happy Hooker in the Classroom: Female Rights and Professional Responsibilities.
Richardson, Betty
This paper addresses the question of whether professional women present the best models for the young to follow, suggesting that perhaps women do much to substantiate the very myths that destroy them. Images that are used by women to amuse, bewilder, or infuriate their male counterparts (and that perpetuate sexist stereotypes) include (1) the stolid intellectual who tends to be abrasive, exploitative, and sometimes blatantly self-seeking; (2) the woman who strives for equality through sexual dress (3) the whiner who meets every argument or difficulty with a temper tantrum or flow of tears; (4) the women whose primary commitment is to home and family; and (5) the submissive female who strives to recognition by serving others. New feminist programs need to emerge that can include the whole community in guiding women toward self-education and self-development. Feminist programs must demand toughness of intellect, dedication of purpose, and integrity of knowledge so that feminism can be distinguished not by its flash or kitsch, but by its adaptability to the highest traditions of wisdom and learning. (HOD)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Assn. (14th, St. Louis, October 26-28, 1972)