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Special RelationsThe Americanization of Britain?$
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Howard Malchow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780804773997

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804773997.001.0001

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Riding the Second Wave: The American Face of Women's Liberation in Britain

Riding the Second Wave: The American Face of Women's Liberation in Britain

(p.194) Chapter 8 Riding the Second Wave: The American Face of Women's Liberation in Britain
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This chapter reviews the transatlantic nature of both the ideology and the practice of feminism in a period that needs to be re-assessed as a special moment rather than a prelude to failure. The “electric shock” of self-awareness that galvanized renascent feminism into a Women's Liberation Movement rested on much of its rhetoric and something of its practice to American Black Power. As in the United States, Women's Lib in Britain is often mocked as an anomaly whereby angry white mostly middle-class young women used a rhetoric of exploitation somewhat at odds with their privileged social condition. American feminism may have contributed on the personal and fanatical separatism that was unappealing to many British activist women. The women's press had closely adopted formulas and material from the United States. Furthermore, lesbian feminism was simply a minority fringe of the Anglo-American woman's movement.

Keywords:   American feminism, Women's Liberation Movement, American Black Power, Britain, British activist women, women's press, lesbian feminism, Anglo-American woman's movement

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