ERIC Number: ED282122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Our "Wild Patience": Our Energetic Deeds, Our Energizing Future. Working Paper No. 158.
Stimpson, Catharine R.
The Wellesley College Center for Research on Women represents a triumph of women's studies. Women's studies have sought a particular ethic, valuing the moral equality of those who seek education and of those who offer it. Women's studies have sought to alter institutions so that they embody such an ethic and to change the consciousness of both individuals and institutions. It is necessary for those involved in women's studies to maintain the power they have gained and, at the same time, to retain the perspectives of the outsider. Women's studies outside the United States can offer new approaches to child care, to women's collective action, and to doing research about women. There are several questions that women's studies must now confront. These include determining what women's studies are looking at and doing, and examining the causes, nature, and extent of sex differences. Two major attitudes toward sex differences exist. The first is the minimalist attitude which realizes that sex differences exist but goes on to claim that historical forces have largely determined these dissimilarities. The second is the maximalist attitude which proposes that deep, transcultural forces create many sex differences and that the link between biological "sex" and social "gender" is profound. Both of these positions require further study. Because women's studies still meet opposition, another future task of women's studies is to overcome that opposition. (NB)
Wellesley College Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA 02181 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wellesley Coll., MA. Center for Research on Women.