ERIC Number: ED204276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Women's Vantage Points and New Realities: A Philosophic Viewing.
Women who are able to acknowledge their distinctive perceptions and to relate them to their lives are the ones most likely to expose the oppressiveness of a power-driven society. Nathaniel Hawthorne's fictional character, Hester Prynne ("The Scarlet Letter") illustrates a crucial theme: a woman's faculty for critical awareness and her ability to reflect on the biases that have restricted her development. It is when women are in extraordinary circumstances that they are able to break free from these imposed constraints. Historically, responsible behavior has not been expected of women, and women have consequently been excused for criminal behavior because of their supposed childlike innocence. Women scholars are doing vital research showing the subservient and depersonalized experiences of women workers. Women in fiction also indicate the role struggle that has been going on for over a century. The time factor is important, for although there is a need to look and move forward, both men and women should remember the past and renounce it in such a way as to open the alternative possibilities of relationship and mutual concern. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April, 1981).