The Personal is Political

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Heart has some great observations up at Women’s Space/The Margins that defy easy synopsizing so I’ll just give the title of the post, and hope that it gets clicked on: “Carol Hanisch,”The Personal is Political”, Attacking Women, Carnival of Feminists 17, and What the Heck.”

For me, the slogan that “the personal is political” is a profound reminder that although laws, whether legislated or court-made, often feel like abstractions, they usually effect real people in deeply personal ways. When I wonder whether some action is “feminist,” what I am asking is whether or not it materially improves the circumstances of women, because “the political” has so many personal ramifications, and they are so often gendered.

–Ann Bartow

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